Cobs Can: Training and Riding the Versatile Cob

ISBN: 9780851319766
Format: Paperback

Book Details

This training book highlights cobs, a breed of horse/pony often ignored by other writers/trainers. Generally great all-rounders,  Cobs are usually very reliable and hardy, and with fantastic characters. Cobs are still very popular with the riding community in the UK.

As the popularity of the cob is rising year to year, it’s time to admire the virtues of this humble hero of the horse world. Cobs Can! is an instructional training book directed to cob riders wanting to improve their flatwork and jumping. Suggesting kind and gentle training methods working with (not against) the cob’s typical nature and build, Omar Rabia proves that it’s really possible to train these fantastic horses to advanced levels. Included in this book is work in walk, trot and canter, and also piaffe, passage and Spanish walk. There are helpful hints on jumping and exercises to improve technique. Mostly this book is a celebration of achievement, of what’s possible when the versatile cob and a knowledgeable rider join their efforts – confirming that cobs really can!

Contents Include:

  • A Cob’s Qualities
  • The Rider’s Qualities
  • The Basic Aids
  • Basic Novice Schooling
  • An Introduction to Jumping
  • Early Lateral Work and its Benefits
  • Developing Engagement, Expression and Cadence
  • Further Advancement in the Canter
  • The Culmination of Collection


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