Saddle up! Any equestrian--or person who handles horses--has to do just that. But how much do you actually know about saddles and other related gear? Here is the most comprehensive reference book ever on the subject, thoroughly revised and updated, with every chapter written by an expert in the field. First, you'll discover how this important equipment--the crucial link between rider and animal--developed and how the modern saddle is made. There's advice on selecting a style that's right for you, what variations exist to choose from, and why to pick a specialist saddle. Learn the advantages of different numnahs (saddle pads to protect the horse), training aids, bits, bridles, curbs, harnesses, and ceremonial trappings. You'll even find cleaning materials to keep the gear looking great. A Main Selection of the Equestrian Book Club.