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    I'm a reader. I read all the time. I know very little about Eventing and I'd like to learn more. For me I often have to read it multiple times then do it before it actually sinks in. . . So recommend some books to me please.

    I'm pretty good on the dressage and jumping sections (unless of course they vary greatly from the these sports outside of Eventing), it's really the CC area that I'm a bit lost.

    Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    Are you looking for how-to books? For lots of photos and illustrations? For what level of eventing?

    Off the top of my head:
    James Wofford's Training the Three Day Event Horse and Rider
    Lucinda Green's book Cross Country Riding
    Jane Holderness-Roddam's Advanced Cross-Country Riding

    You never know what kind of obsessive compulsive crazy person you are until another person imitates your behaviour at a three-day. --Gry2Yng


    • Original Poster

      Idiots guide I think. I know how to teach a horse to jump for hunters and jumpers, that's the extent of my knowledge. . . Don't even know the names of the types of jumps.


      • Original Poster

        That first book sounds like exactly what I need but not for $349!


        • #5
          Originally posted by hrford View Post
          That first book sounds like exactly what I need but not for $349!
          Keep an eye out on ebay. They pop up on there for a lot cheaper from time to time.
          R.I.P. Eagles Hill. 4/6/00-12/10/11.


          • #6
            Not just about xc, but have you read: How Good Riders Get Good?


            • #7
              Clarissa Strachan's Young Event Horse. Novice Eventing with Mark Todd.

              Yipes, guess I know not to lend out my copy of the Wofford book!
              If thou hast a sorrow, tell it not to the arrow, tell it to thy saddlebow, and ride on, singing. -- King Alfred the Great


              • #8
                Sally O'Connor's book - I think it's just called "Eventing" really a good guide, although it's a bit dated.

                I love Jimmy Woffard's book. Also a good one is 101 Eventing Tips. Easy to read and really useful information.

                You can find pictures and names of cross country jumps on the interwebz.
                Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert


                • #9
                  Originally posted by hrford View Post
                  That first book sounds like exactly what I need but not for $349!
                  I found one before Christmas for $19. Well worth keeping an eye out for it.


                  • #10
                    Jumping Problems Solved-Carol Mailer
                    Young Event Horse-Clarissa Strachman
                    USCTA book of eventing-Sally O'Connor
                    Practical eventing-Sally O'Connor
                    Training the Event horse-Virginia Leng
                    Cross country jumping-Sarah Cotton
                    Horse & Hound book of eventing-Cpt. Mark Phillips
                    Training the Cross country horse-Andrew Nicholson


                    • #11
                      Get online subscriptions to Eventing and Horse And Hound. I am pretty sure HandHis available on line but I think Eventing is as well. Eventing does a great job with articles and HandH make the world of eventing personal. PatO


                      • #12
                        Bit of Britain has great prices on books, including Training the Three Day Event Horse and Rider:


                        It won't break the bank like Amazon.


                        • #13
                          Mark Todd's 'Training the Cross-Country Horse' (I believe that's the name, anyway!) is very good. Don't be put off by the fact that it's about 21 years old - much of the information still holds true.


                          • #14
                            I get 100% of my horse books online from Alibris.com. There are a ton of horse books new and used. You can usually buy very good used editions for $5-10. They usually have $15 coupons 1x a month if you subscribe to their email list.
                            A quick tutorial on interval training: Conditioning your horse for eventing


                            • #15
                              The most influential, powerful, profound equestrian book you'll ever read. Ever. If you search around, you can find it for under $20: Apropos

                              Anything and everything by Jean Froissard, George Morris, and of course, Bill Steinkraus, such as Reflections


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by hrford View Post
                                That first book sounds like exactly what I need but not for $349!
                                Used for $50....still steep for my budget, but it's Mr. Wofford, so there's your reason.

                                I'd also add Pippa Funnel's "Training the Young Horse" http://www.amazon.com/Training-Young...he+young+horse


                                Christopher Bartle's "Training the Sport Horse" http://www.amazon.com/Training-Sport...stopher+Bartle
                                "Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides" - Garth Brooks
                                "With your permission, dear, I'll take my fences one at a time" - Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey


                                • #17
                                  Jim Wofford's book Training The Three-Day Event Horse & Rider is on sale for $16.99 here:


                                  • #18
                                    Another new one out. Just in time for Rolex signings.

                                    Don't let anyone tell you that your ideas or dreams are foolish. There is a millionaire walking around who invented the pool noodle.


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Thanks everyone! I am buying the book for $16.99 now!