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Horse owners need a ton of knowledge and tools to keep hayseed-size problems from ballooning into haystack-size ones. Each book in the Horse Illustrated Simple Solutions series zeroes in on a common problem faced by horse owners and is the perfect fast-reading source of answers for every horse lover. For example, a cranky, poorly behaving horse may just be saying, in the only way he can, "e;Ouch! That hurts!"e;-a problem that may be found in a chafing saddle or too-tight bridle. And grooming your horse not only promotes her health and well-being but also mimics the mutual grooming behavior of horses in the wild and so helps create a bond between the horse and her groomer. More problems are solved in this new series!
The bible of North American Horsemanship, Horse, Follow Closely is GaWaNi Pony Boys signature title about the relationship training methods that are steeped in common sense and the age-old wisdom of his Native American ancestors. Of mixed blood Tsa-la-gi, GaWaNi Pony Boy was able to conceive his philosophy and compile the methods of relationship training while touring the United States with a Native American drum band and consulting the Tribal Elders from many different nations and backgrounds. The methods and beliefs of relationship training come directly from the first great horsemen of North America. Horse and rider are one. Theirs is a relationship of trust, harmony, and respect born of a way of life that is all but lost. The stunning full-color photographs by Gabrielle Boiselle capture Pony Boys serenity and unity with his close horse companions. The authors simple eloquence forges a deep, profound relationship with his readers that few books ever hope to achieve. As Pony Boy writes in the introduction, For many [the Native American horseman] represents the ultimate rider. The essence of a horseman, both his skill and intuition, goes beyond the hours he spends in the saddle.the folklore of every Native tribe are stories, tales, and beliefs to exemplify humans relations to other animals. The book begins with an analysis of how horses came to live with the Natives of North America and horses impact on Native life. The crux of relationship training, according to the author, is to understand what it means to be a horse, react like a horse, and relate to other things like a horse. Native Americans were able to create such strong relationship with horses in a short time because they understood that a horse is a horse. Learning to balance the relationship between horse and human is the missing link to becoming a masterful horseman or horsewoman. The book describes not only the techniques involved for relationship training but also the belief system and attitude that must be applied to all methods of horsemanship.In addition to presenting the methods and philosophy of relationship training, Horse, Follow Closely also includes many stories and legends of Native Americans and their horses, all of which teach the reader something new about himself and his relationship with his horse.
An easy-to-read primer for horse selection, care, and training ideal for readers of all ages, Your Happy Healthy Horse covers every topic a new or potential horse owner will need to become his or her horses best friend. Author Lesley Ward, an accomplished horse trainer and the editor of Young Rider magazine, has provided an excellent starting point for beginners who are ready to purchase their first horse and take on the responsibility of husbandry and training.The selection of the most appropriate horse for an individual is key to the new owners having a great time with his or her horse, and the opening chapter Finding the Right Horse discusses all of the necessary considerations (personality, mare or gelding, breed, size, etc.). Acclimating the new horse to a barn and field, possibly with other horses, is the subject of Footloose in the Field. This chapter discusses field requirements such as fencing, water, and shelter and the everyday and monthly tasks of a horse owner. Health is an important consideration for all keepers, and the chapter Staying Healthy addresses recognizing a sick horse, first aid, veterinary care, parasites, tooth care, hoof care, and grooming. There is an excellent section on therapies that owners may be interested in exploring, from chiropractics and massage to basic stretches and tail whirls. In the chapter on feeding, the author offers ten essential rules that effectively serve as feeding guidelines for companion horses. She also discusses types of feed and supplements as well as the how to maintain the horse at a healthy weight.There are three chapters devoted to training and riding the horse, emphasizing the importance of choosing the right (and properly fitting) gear, conditioning the horse, riding lessons, and more. The chapter When Good Horses Go Bad offers advice on how to avoid and correct common bad habits, including cribbing, weaving, wood chewing, irritability, biting, kicking, bucking, rearing, and bolting. Appendix of useful addresses and glossary included.
Published as a companion volume for public televisions Nature series, Cloud: The Wild Stallion of the Rockies is documentary filmmaker Ginger Kathrenss personal retelling of her years following the wild horse she named Cloud. Beautifully designed, the book is elaborately photographed and divided into seventeen chapters that follow the life of a wild stallion, just one of hundreds of horses that have roamed wild in the Rocky Mountains for two hundred years. The book begins with the author and filmmaker witnessing the birth of a helpless white colt, that will soon capture her heart and imagination. Each subsequent chapter documents Clouds interaction with his mare Raven, his brother Diamond, and other colts in the wild as well as his adventures encountering dangerous predators, older stallions, and human trappers. The author follows Cloud over the course of five years, taking note of his physical and behavioral development, as his begins to take on more of a leadership role in the band of wild bachelors hes joined, to become a fighter, a survivor, and a father. Kathrenss emotional involvement in Clouds story is palpable, such as when she tearfully watches the young stallion get captured by trappers. Due to his unusual coloration, he is set free, though the other members of his band and sisters are removed and sold. Returning to the mountains every season, the author continues to look for Cloud in the vast wild habitat, always relieved to find him still living, despite fights, predators, and encounters with trappers. She is later is touched to see how Cloud, the five-year-old mare, grazes with his yearling son, the first of his new family. Kathrenss gripping observations of wild horses of the Arrowheads, their fights, struggles, and alliances, give the reader much insight into the fascinating behavior of these wild horses.
A proud life-long Westerner, Thomas Reed has been surrounded by horses since before he can remember, and his unabashed admiration of those majestic creatures echoes on every page of his memoir, Give Me Mountains for My Horses. At once lyrical and captivating, absorbing and adventurous, Reeds recollections of some of his most intimate moments with these animals will entrance riders and non-riders alike, with their sophistication and relatability.Many of stories found within Give Me Mountains for My Horses feature unforgettable horses in the scenic splendor of the American West, specifically the Greater Yellowstone backcountry. Here, readers will meet Lad, a large stallion whose sheer beauty outstrips all comparison and draws admiration from all who encounter him. There is Hank, a white stallion whose lean muscle and sturdy hid make him an incomparable ride. And follow Jade, a tried-and-true mountain lady of the highest degree who has an uncanny ability to correctly follow lost trails.These three and dozens of other equines round out the cast of Reeds unforgettable tales of buying and selling horses, mishaps while on the trail, and falling in love every day with beautiful animals. Elegant and entrancing, Give Me Mountains for My Horses will transport readers and leave them hungry for more.
As anyone who has ever stepped foot into a barn knows well, riding, handling, and caring for a horse is no easy task. Learning how to correctly tie knots can make things easier, but with more than four thousand different types of knots out there, the choices can be overwhelming. Experienced trainer and breeder Dan Aadland is here to help with The Pocket Guide to Equine Knots, a compact guidebook filled with only the most useful and practical knots for dealing with horses. Here, you'll learn to recognize a "e;good"e; knot-a knot that holds but can be untied after pressure. You'll look into the world of hitches (systems for packing items onto a horse) and splices (useful ways of joining ropes and creating loops). And you'll learn step-by-step how to properly tie dozens of different knots, including:Square knotBowknotHitchAnd many moreSo whether you're an experienced rider or you're about to head out on the trail for the first time, The Pocket Guide to Equine Knots is guaranteed to help you as you ride off towards your next adventure.
The remarkable story of a champion Aussie horsemanIn March 2016 Peter Moody, the man who took his 'good mare' Black Caviar to an unprecedented 25 straight victories, walked away from racing. Suspended for six months after he was found to have presented a horse on race day with an illegal level of cobalt in its system, the trainer made the drastic decision to close down his Caulfield stables altogether. How had it come to this?In Moods, respected journalist Helen Thomas traces Moody's extraordinary career, and shines a spotlight on the cobalt scandal that engulfed him. Through interviews with family, colleagues and friends, and with Peter Moody himself, Thomas explores the horseman's life and achievements: from his time with turf legend T.J. Smith to the day he first noticed the bay filly who grew up to become Black Caviar, and the inquiry that led him to quit the job he loves. Articulate yet reticent, tough yet sensitive, Moody is an intriguing character. For the first time, discover what drives the man who will always be remembered as Black Caviar's trainer, and a true Aussie legend. Helen Thomas has worked as a journalist for more than thirty years in both radio and print. She is the manager of ABC NewsRadio as well as being a thoroughbred breeder and racehorse owner. She is the author of The Horse that Bart Built, Past the Post, A Horse Called Mighty and 42 Days at the Races.
In April 1995, a plain brown horse was passed in at the famous Easter Yearling Sales in Sydney, virtually unnoticed. He would go on to become the favourite of racegoers all over Australia. Might and Power was a giant in a golden era of exceptional racehorses: the horse of a lifetime for owner Nick Moraitis, the horse of hope for trainer Jack Denham, and the horse of redemption for jockey Jim Cassidy. Despite his awkward galloping style, few thoroughbreds could match Might and Power's sustained speed and stamina, and racing fans loved his freewheeling leader's style. In 1997, after winning the Caulfield Cup by a staggering seven and a half lengths, he again led all the way to capture the Australian turf's greatest prize, the Melbourne Cup - holding at bay the valiant stayer Doriemus to triumph in one of the race's closest finishes. No one expects to see another horse do this again. Not like Mighty. When he followed his astonishing Cups double with victory in the W.S. Cox Plate in 1998, Might and Power was the undisputed champion of the Australian turf, and one of the best horses in the world. Since retiring from the racetrack, he has become a much-loved ambassador for the sport of kings, truly a People's Horse. Now, 20 years after his astonishing Caulfield and Melbourne Cup conquests, Helen Thomas revisits the extraordinary story of this horse called Mighty. Helen Thomas has worked as a journalist for more than thirty years in both radio and print. She is the manager of ABC NewsRadio as well as being a thoroughbred breeder and racehorse owner. She is the author of The Horse That Bart Built, Past the Post, 42 Days at the Races and Moods: The Peter Moody Saga.
Scotland's only native heavy horse, the Clydesdale, has been exported all over the world. The Clydesdale is recognized as having influenced heavy horse-use across the globe. For Love of the Clydesdale Horse is a photographic celebration of all that makes this breed unique. This gentle ambassador with its huge feet, kind nature, and willingness to work with and for the human race, turns heads wherever it goes. It is loved by all those who see it. Its good looks, kind eye, and ease around people make even the smallest child want to hug it, despite its great size. For Love of the Clydesdale Horse includes 125 full color photographs showing the Clydesdale at work, rest, ridden, and in the public eye. This book will be of interest to the dedicated Clydesdale follower, breeder, and enthusiast, as well as to equestrian and general readers.
Packed full of advice and information, ';Shetland Pony: Purchase And Care Guide' offers the first time horse owner a step by step progression from the first enquiry through to purchase and care of their animal. This book takes the reader through the different stages of buying or loaning a Shetland Pony and then covers all the requirements essential for care whether the pony is being kept on a livery yard or at home. This book covers all bases feeding, watering, grooming, grassland management, veterinary care, breaking in a young horse, travelling and transport and saying goodbye so that the reader can understand the challenges and excitement of owing a pony.It is written very much with the first time owner in mind from a writer who is very experienced at distilling sometimes complex and overwhelming information and presenting this to someone new to the subject. This book does not intend therefore to be an authoritative guide but does set out the parameters of horse ownership in a very practical and constructive way. This book is about the Shetland Pony so there is a very interesting chapter about this breed although much of the subject matter relates to all ponies and will therefore be a very useful guide to anyone thinking of buying a pony.There are interesting anecdotes and references to the wider equestrian world which is a benchmark of the writer's experience. All in all, an excellent introduction to the concept of new pony ownership and everything that this can involve.Covered in this book:- Origin- What to buy- Where to buy- Trying ponies before purchase- Vetting- Bringing home your pony- Grassland and stabling- Exercise and ridden work- Caring for your horse- Grooming- Feeding- Daily routine- Weekly routine- Monthly routine- Minor ailments- Costs- Travelling.... and much more
Extraordinary but true stories from over 150 years of racing. This hilarious, sideways look at horse racing vividly recounts many of the strangest moments and oddest incidents from over 150 years of the sport's history. Andrew Ward recalls the time when spectators mounted two fallen horses and rode them to second and third places; the race which had to be re-run because the judge wasn't in his box at the finish; the ultrasonic binoculars that allegedly stunned a horse and unseated a jockey at Ascot, and many more. A totally original, offbeat collection of extraordinary but true stories, Horse-Racing's Strangest Races will be a delight to all lovers of the turf.
This easy-to-understand guide shows how to overcome technical limitations and learn to see horses in a new light, fine-tuning observation skills, and discovering how to take best advantage of photo opportunities. Groves shows how to take portraits of people and horses together, and includes tips for taking cameras on the trail and adjusting shutter speed for such action events as jumping, reining, and barrel racing.
Winner of the American Horse Publication's Best Equine Book Award of the Year (2004) Finalist for the 2005 Ben Franklin AwardSpanning time and technique, THE ART OF THE WESTERN SADDLE is a celebration and visual feast of the graceful artistry of the western saddler and his craft. Filled with detailed photographs and illustrations, this book celebrates the saddle as a decorative hallmark of subtle beauty while fulfilling the utility of its principal purpose. The ability for early man to domesticate and ride the horse created the rapid advancement of man's capability to travel and explore. The saddle-the epitome of form following function-evolved to meet the utilitarian needs of the rider and his tasks, be they work or pleasure. Illustrated with historic and contemporary examples of saddle style and decoration, THE ART OF THE WESTERN SADDLE highlights the work of makers such as Visalia Stock Saddle Company, Meana, Miles City Saddlery, Porter, Hamley, Edward H. Bohlin, McCabes, and Keyston Bros., along with contemporary makers such as Chas Weldon, Dale Harwood, Chuck Stormes, Don Butler, Chuck Treon, Jeremiah Watt, and many others. Many saddles of the stars are featured from the golden age of the Hollywood Western; these include outfits belonging to the Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Barbara Stanwyck, Ken Maynard, and Buck Jones. THE ART OF THE WESTERN SADDLE also provides a look at the many exquisite and unpublished examples of the finest in silver and gold overlay and filigree saddle silver created by the West's preeminent metalsmiths. Featuring 300 photographs, this volume is an absolute must for all equestrians, as well as for collectors and admirers of this unique and totally American craft.
Experienced backyard horsekeeper Joan Fry leads the prospective horse owner through the process of assessing suitable land; choosing a veterinarian and farrier; constructing and furnishing a small barn, paddock, and arena; purchasing a horse; and feeding and care. Of special value to both novice and experienced owners are the sections on feed, which take into account the most up-to-date nutrition research, and training the horse for safe and enjoyable trail riding. Written with encouraging cheer and plenty of "e;horse sense,"e; Backyard Horsekeeping leads the way to maintaining and enjoying your own horse on your own property.
In the ten years since this book was first published, the USEF, American horse sport's governing body, has revised and added rules and regulations that affect novice hunter-seat riders. This user-friendly and encouraging guide reflects those changes and offers invaluable advice for riders, parents, and trainers: how to find an appropriate show and trainer; horse and rider preparation; entry requirements; show-ring etiquette; and what judges look for in a range of novice-level classes. Updated photos enhance the text and provide a more contemporary look.
Horses have been at the right hand of man for thousands of years. They have helped build empires and helped bring them down. Horses have carried the doctor swiftly to the door of a dying mother and galloped across the vast distances of the American West, bringing news to the settlers. Horses today are our companions in sport, dashing to the finish line or leaping impossibly high fences for the sheer glory of the win. Horses also lurk in the mists of myth and legend. Here are the most exciting horse stories compiled from human history, both fact and fiction.
Tom Moates's life and work were on a horseless path until serendipity brought Niji, a sorrel gelding, into his life. In his candid and plainspoken style, Moates shares the honest highs and lows of starting out in the Better Way with horses. He works hard to follow the wise ways of many well-known clinicians and shares his personal experiences attempting to implement them. Discovering Natural Horsemanship is sometimes humorous, often inspiring, and always resonates with authenticity.
Western Horsemanship requires balance, finesse, and above all, effective communication between horse and rider. Not only is Western Horsemanship an important and popular horse show class, but it is also the foundation for such other competitive events as reining, roping, trail, and working cow horse. From selecting a suitable horse, necessary tack and equipment, and preparing for competition to winning strategies for the show arena, 101 Western Pleasure and Horsemanship Tips is an essential guide for all Western riders.
The world's oldest horse breed, the Arabian epitomizes equine versatility, participating in all disciplines of English, Western, dressage, driving, and in-hand horse show classes. Flight Without Wings chronicles the essential qualities and capabilities needed for success in every Arabian show division. It shares sound advice from top trainers and exhibitors to prepare for and compete in these competitions. It outlines the who, what, where, when and how of the Arabian show circuit..
"e;Practical Horse Massage puts massage techniques and stretching exercises intoperspective and is easy to learn."e;--Alaska Horse Journal"e;If you've ever thought that massage or stretching could benefit your horse, Practical Horse Massage is an easy, but thorough read."e;--Horse Illustrated"e;Well illustrated with color photographs, the author leaves nothing to chance and makessure the reader will understand the various massage procedures by using pictures as well astext instructions."e;--The Northwest Horse SourceThis book provides a complete introduction to horse massage, with easy-to-learn techniques and exercises. It is a book for everyone who wants to help their horses to relax and regenerate after competitions or long rides.
The great myth of horse racing is that the game is the regal and royal Sport of Kings. It isn't. Not by a long shot. Anyone who doubts this need look no further than Suffolk Downs, a once-proud racecourse graced in its glory years by boisterous throngs and champions such as Seabiscuit. Now the blue-collar East Boston track is one of many that have fallen on hard times. These days "e;Sufferin' Downs"e; is where grizzled Thoroughbreds come to end their careers, hopeful young jockeys aspire against daunting odds to begin them, and diehard fans cheer, curse and gamble on the entire fascinating spectacle. These bit players are not just cogs of a single, struggling horse track. They are the unseen supporting cast for a 15 billion betting industry. In fifteen years as a racing reporter and press box personality, T.D. Thornton gained access to remote corners of racetrack life off limits to the general public. He got to know the raucously Runyonesque characters and the quirky personalities of the horses; he learned the tricks of the trade from trainers, owners, and jockeys; he witnessed the tragedies and small triumphs of racing lives lived below the radar. One recent season, he finally decided to write it all down.Not by a Long Shot is a deeply textured portrait of an industry where even the best in the business lose 75 percent of the time.
**SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017**Coping with your own death, when you are not yet dead, is a strange thing...A natural on a horse since he was able to walk, and imbued with a pure love of riding, Declan Murphy became one of the most brilliant jockeys of his generation before his world came crashing down at the final hurdle of a race at Haydock Park. His skull shattered in twelve places, he was believed to be dead, the last rites were read and the Racing Post prepared his obituary. Miraculously, and the word is not used lightly, he survived and defied medical thinking in recovering to the extent that eighteen months after his fall, he was able to saddle up for one more race. As usual, he won.For 23 years, Declan has been unable to tell his story, to bring to words existence on the frontier between life and death, to describe the incredible bond between man and horse. But now, in an extraordinary collaboration with Ami Rao, she has helped him find those words, a way to piece together what happened before, during and after, what it all meant and what it means to us all. It is a story of triumph, fear, love and loss, by turns primal, heartbreaking and inspirational, and ultimately, it is the story of hope, and of life.
With a show-jumping career spanning over forty years, Nick Skelton is a legend in the equestrian world. No other rider has won so many major competitions on so many different horses and he is as popular at Olympia and Hickstead as he is at Aachen, Geneva, Paris and Spruce Meadows. Skelton has competed in eight Olympic Games. He was part of the gold medal-winning Great Britain team at London 2012 and made history by winning the individual Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016, riding at the age of fifty-eight his beloved horse Big Star.Nick Skelton began riding at the age of eighteen months on a Welsh pony called Oxo. At the age of seventeenth in 1975, Skelton took team silver and individual gold at the Junior European Championships. He has competed many times at the European Show Jumping Championships, winning numerous medals, both individually and with the British team. In 1980 he competed in the Alternative Olympics, where he helped the British team to a silver medal. He still holds the British Show Jumping High Jump record that he set in 1978.In 2000, Skelton was forced into an early retirement after he broke his neck from a serious fall. But following an amazing recovery he came out of retirement in 2002 to compete again. Now he tells the full story of his eventful life and matchless achievements.
Real Riding offers exciting new ways to approach traditional and natural principles of horsemanship. The emphasis throughout is on employing empathy and understanding and looking at things from the horse's point of view. It sheds new light on common misconceptions, difficulties and contradictions, and the pages are crammed with exercises, simple 'tricks' and things to do that can make a real difference. Innovative, thought-provoking and fun, this book can be read from cover to cover or dipped into, always to find some priceless insight into an aspect of horsemanship. Perry Wood puts harmony with horses within the grasp of every rider and brings the art of riding into the twenty-first century.
THERE ARE MANY BOOKS AND DVDS devoted to the technical training of horse and rider - how to perform movements correctly, clear obstacles, communicate efficiently, and in other ways attain the idealized image of an athletic partnership that results in competitive success. But this book is different: its focus is how the rider and trainer can make it easier for the horse to perform optimally. This includes improved understanding of what are reasonable expectations for a particular horse at a certain level of schooling, how to improve his fitness (including strength and conditioning), as well as background on how injuries may develop as a result of interaction between internal and external factors, such as genetics, conformation, management, and training. Relying on her veterinary background, in-depth research, and dozens of interviews with top riders and trainers from around the world - including Beezie Madden, Carl Hester, and Pippa Funnell, to name just a few - Lonnell provides guidelines for nurturing a happy, healthy equine athlete. With special focus on conscientious pacing when building the horse's physical capability over time, diversification of schooling practices, detail-oriented management and care, and putting the horse's needs above competitive ambition, readers are given a solid grasp of what it takes to truly reach the pinnacle of equestrian sport - and remain there - on a consistent basis. Throughout, gorgeous colour photographs of world-class horses and the people who work with them visually demonstrate the success of these methods.
An in-depth approach to developing your professional career pathway as a groom, coach or rider. This title introduces the practical element of cross country jumping, further develops your lungeing technique and considers requirements and knowledge for management and care of the horse and yard. Volume 3 expands on the BHS Complete Horsemanship foundation series to support an equestrian professional.
Volume 2 in our foundation series aims to develop the skills for aspiring equestrians, building on improving efficiency, depth of knowledge and understanding of equine care and management. Volume 2 introduces lungeing a horse for exercise, with practical riding skills progressing to basic show jumping. This title develops our Complete Horsemanship foundation series to include the initial principles for teaching and coaching in the industry.
The first edition of The Principles of Riding was published more than 50 years ago, imparting mandatory basic knowledge for all areas of equestrian sport and horse-keeping and this 28th edition, Basic Training for Horse and Rider, has been completely revised regarding language and content, while still taking into account the well-established principles. The consideration of traditional principles leads to the education and training of the horse according to its nature and thus to its health, well-being and performance capability.The horse s instincts and natural behaviour are presented in detail as the basis of communication and understanding between horse and rider. Modern scientific research relating to training theory and biomechanics has influenced the systematic training of the rider as well as that of the horse. The Principles of Riding provides versatile, practical assistance to horse lovers and readers of this book who want to learn, irrespective of whether they ride for leisure or competitively, are interested in hacking or hunting, or want to develop and improve their basic training for dressage, show-jumping or eventing.These Principles should be indispensable for all riders, drivers, trainers and judges, and to all of those who are interested in the appropriate training of the horse, according to the horse s nature, and who place importance on a harmonious cooperation between horse and rider.
Through Rider Biomechanics one gains a complete understanding of the biomechanics of the rider via a new understanding of fascia, the fabric of the body that links muscles into functional chains, rather like strings of sausages. Within both human and equine bodies these form lines of pull, affecting posture, movement, stability and mobility. Through clear how to descriptions, coupled with copious illustrations, the reader learns how to rebalance the tension within and between one's own lines of pull. The ultimate task is to use this developing awareness to rebalance the tension in the horse s line of pull, gaining much more influence over his carriage and movement. The secrets of talented riders are laid bare.
A great foundation for any aspiring equestrian, providing safe, modern and current foundations to progress from in the equestrian industry. Filled with practical knowledge in horse riding, knowledge and care, the first volume in our foundation series is a must for anyone looking to learn the highest standards of equestrianism from the world leading British Horse Society education team. Recommended reading for the British Horse Society Stage 1 award in horse care and riding for those wishing to start their career in the professional industry.