This book on biomechanics is for the horse community — all of it, not just one part of it. So we launched using a successful Kickstarter Campaign.We are grateful to all our backers and look forward to honoring each of you in the final publication.
The target date for publication of the book “The Science of Riding with Feel: Horse Biomechanics and You,” for online posting of the free companion Workbook PDF, and for release of the webpage(s) of supplemental material is October 1, 2015.
Here are donation levels for the Kickstarter campaign and the honor gift that came with each.
|Partner Amount||Partner Reward||Estimated Delivery Date|
|$10||Honor List. Be listed, thanked, and acknowledged by name in a special Honor section in the printed book — our way of honoring the community of horsepeople who are making this book possible.||Your name will appear in print at the time the book is published — no later than 10/1/2015.|
|$15||Advance Workbook PDF. “The Science of Riding with Feel: Horse Biomechanics and You” Workbook PDF emailed directly to you 60 days before it’s put online for free download by the community. PLUS the Honor List reward listed for the $10 pledge.||We have targeted a date of August 1, 2015 for early Workbook PDF delivery via email.|
|$20||Partners Page Photo. Color photo of you and your horse, with both your names, in the companion Workbook PDF that will be available online for free download by the community. PLUS the rewards listed for the $15 pledge.||Your photo will appear at the time the Workbook PDF is posted. You will receive an advance copy by email on 8/1/2015.|
|$45||Tutorial Subscription. Get 8 short audio-visual Horse Movement and Biomechanics Tutorials, one every 6 weeks for 10 months. The series of lessons focus on one aspect of horse movement and biomechanics at a time, and each one prepares you for the one that follows. The 8 tutorial subjects, in order, are: (1) What a gait footfall pattern means and how to read it. (2) Footfall patterns of the walk, trot, canter, and gallop. (3) How a horse gallops and what a lead change is. (4) Gait and metabolism in the horse. (5) The bones of a horse’s legs and feet. (6) Stress and the horse’s lower legs and feet. (7) Stress and a horse’s upper legs. (8) Muscles and tendons as tension bands that reduce stresses. PLUS all the rewards listed for the previous Partnering levels.||The first tutorial was delivered November 1, 2014. Subsequent delivery dates for each of the other tutorials are: December 13, 2014; January 24, 2015; March 7, 2015; April 30, 2015; June 15, 2015; August 1, 2015; and September 15, 2015.* Delivery dates for the other rewards are as listed above.|
|$50||Book Only Plus a Vote. An autographed advance copy of the book “The Science of Riding with Feel: Horse Biomechanics and You,” personally inscribed to you or anyone you request. You get no other rewards at this partnership level.||The autographed copy of the book will be shipped to you before the public release date of 10/1/2015.|
|$75||Book Plus The Works. An autographed advance copy of the book “The Science of Riding with Feel: Horse Biomechanics and You,” personally inscribed to you or anyone you request. PLUS all the rewards for the previous pledge levels: the audio-visual tutorial subscription, an advance PDF of the Workbook, your name in the book, and your and your horse’s photo in the Workbook.||The autographed copy of the book will be shipped to you before the public release date of 10/1/2015. Delivery dates for the other rewards are as described above.|
* Original 2015 delivery dates for the last 4 tutorials were April 18, May 30, July 11, and August 22. Dates had to be revised because the tutorials are longer and much more detailed than originally envisioned. While this makes them better tutorials that explain more, it means production takes longer.