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Our Best Horse Books
Money With Horses: You Can Do It
by Don Blazer
Don Blazer has worked with horses for the past 30 years. He has been
a successful show and race horse trainer and trader, and he backs his experience
with industry statistics. This is a practical how-to which provides specific
rules for making a profit with weanlings, yearlings, stallions, or broodmares
of any breed. Profit potential with race horses is covered as are the tax
advantages offered to anyone involved in the horse business.
Stud: Adventures in Breeding
by Kevin Conley
Cheap stud, top stud, old stud, wild stud, from the Hall of Fame
horse to the harem stallion with his feral herd, Stud looks at
intimate acts in idyllic settings (and the billion-dollar business
behind them), providing a voyeuristic glimpse of just how human
the equine world can be.
by Audrey Pavia
Anyone contemplating the addition of a horse to their family who has little or no experience around these wonderful animals should read this book
first! This definitive manual on buying, caring for, training, and riding a horse is fun and informative reading for equine enthusiasts everywhere. It includes a 16-page, full-color section on horse
by Pat Parelli
This book outlines Parelli's Natural Horsemanship techniques. So many of the other horse whisperer writers seem incapable of articulating both the theory and the practical application of their concepts.
Parelli's techniques are incredibly simple, but very effective.
Your horse will learn faster than you ever thought
by Jaime Jackson
What a wonderful celebration of the horse and the training and
communication that goes along with owning one of these majestic
animals!!! This is a beautiful book for anyone who loves the
larger than life quality and grace of the horse. The photos are
Horse Owner's Veterinary Handbook
by James M. Giffin, Tom Gore
This bestselling reference has been completely revised and updated, addressing the latest medicines and immunizations, wounds, illnesses, parasites, nutrition and supplements, and reproduction. An index of Signs and Symptoms will help horse owners find the information they need fast. 220 photos. 40 drawings.
by Mark Rashid
I've learned more from this book than all the lessons I've
had and books I've read combined. This man is incredible
- and what's more incredible to me is the number of times
a light bulb went off in my head with regards to something
a horse was doing that I misinterpreted or just flat out
missed. He's made me a more understanding, patient, and considerate
rider. I highly recommend this book to anyone whether an
old hand or a beginning rider.
Seabiscuit: An American Legend
by Laura Hillenbrand
He didn't look like much. With his smallish stature, knobby
knees, and slightly crooked forelegs, he looked more like a
cow pony than a thoroughbred. But looks aren't everything;
his quality, an admirer once wrote, "was mostly in his heart." Laura
Hillenbrand tells the story of the horse who became a cultural icon
Buying Your First Horse
by Mary Guay, Donna Schlinkert
A comprehensive guide to preparing for finding
and purchasing a great horse. Section one prepares
you for the issues related to horse ownership including
safety, expenses and boarding decisions. In section
two you learn how to find a horse that is safe,
sound, healthy, a good match for the rider, a good
buy and a great ride. Includes glossary, index,
questionnaires for evaluating horses and boarding
facilities, and sample contracts for boarding,
leasing, bill of sale and liability.
||The Tao of Equus
by Linda Kohanov
The Tao of Equus, which literally
translates as "the way of the horse," explores
the possibility that horses are highly evolved, spiritual
beings who offer humans opportunities for healing and personal
growth. Kohanov is most interested in what horses can teach
us and studies how horses awaken intuition in humans while
also mirroring our unspoken feelings and fears.
Merck Veterinary Manual (8th Ed)
by Susan E. Aiello & Asa
best general veterinary reference book around! Refer to this
book if you want to know what your Vet is talking about. It is
relatively easy for the average animal owner to understand. You
will learn about animal physiology, behavior, management, nutrition,
pharmacology, toxicology and general management.
The United States Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship
by Susan E. Harris
This official USPC manual is written for the American style of
horsemanship -- and for children who want to meet USPC testing
standards. It addresses learning to ride in the ring and in the
open, beginning jumping, horse care and handling, safety, and more.
| Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage : Facilities Design and Management
by Cherry Hill
This common-sense guide, by a horse care expert, has information on planning your property, building design, fences, paddocks, fire safety, pasture and hay-lot management and much more. The book is packed with photos and with illustrations, plans and useful details of stable designs.
Making, Not Breaking: The First Year Under Saddle
by Cherry Hill
The title says it all, Making Not Breaking. I had been looking through countless books and magazine
articles, and watching a fare share of movies until I read this book. It's informative, and it's methods really work with sound results. For the horse people out there it's a must have!
Arena Exercises : A Ringside Guide for Horse & Rider
by Cherry Hill
This ringside exercise book is a
favorite of riding instructors and enthusiasts. Classic exercises
and original patterns and drills are presented in a unique "read-and-ride" format.
The book can be hung like a calendar or draped over the rail
of the ring for quick and easy reference. Exercises such as
working walk, canter, two squares, half halt, and flying changes
progress through skill levels for both English and Western
Bob Sharp's Cattle
Country: Rawhide Ranching on Both Sides of the Border
A memoir of the life of a cattle rancher in the
Handling & Grooming
A Step-By-Step Photographic Guide to Mastering over 100
Horsekeeping Skills. Handler Cherry Hill explains bandaging,
giving shots, examining teeth, deworming, and preventive
health care. She also includes exercising and cooling down,
hoof care, and tending wounds, along with taking a horse's
temperature and determining pulse and respiration rates.
by J. Warren Evans
The book is great! A must for those who wish to know more indepth
about the care of horses. The four authors are some of the best horsemen
in the business. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants
to learn more than just the basics..
Fences for Pasture and Garden
The complete guide to choosing, planning, and building today's best fences:
wire, rail, electric, high-tension, temporary, woven, and snow.
The Black Stallion
by Walter Farley
First published in 1941, Walter Farley's best-selling novel for
young readers is the triumphant tale of a boy and a wild horse.
From Alec Ramsay and the Black's first meeting on an ill-fated
ship to their adventures on a desert island and their eventual
rescue, this beloved story will hold the rapt attention of readers
new and old.
|Starting & Running
Your Own Horse Business
by Mary Ashby McDonald
Great ideas, gives you a lot of things to think about,
ways to improve business, ways to save money with things
that are easy to accomplish! I recommend it to anyone
thinking of starting or that has a horse business.
Training of the Young Horse
by Reiner Klimke
Klimke clearly and logically lays out the foundations of basic
training. The information is easy to read, concise and shows
a deep understanding and respect of the horse. There is much
more packed between the covers than I expected. An excellent,
excellent read for anyone who works with horses.
The Handbook of Riding Essentials
by Francois Lemaire De Ruffieu
This book breaks riding down into beginning, intermediate, and
advanced, all in different bulleted sections on the same page. That way you can read any level description and actually see where it's going. I especially like the hand-drawn pictures on every page which are clear and concise. Not only does he tell you what to do, but the pictures show you how to do it: exact positions of hands and legs are drawn on every page!
||Of Women and Horses
by Gawani Pony Boy
Author and horse trainer GaWaNi Pony Boy gathers an impressive
array of known and unknown horsewomen, who in touching prose
describe the unique relationships they have with their horses.
A Guide for New Riders
by Kate DeLano
In easy-to-follow steps, this thoroughly illustrated, readable primer by an internationally accredited horse show judge patiently takes beginning riders through the requisite paces from the simplest notions to the more sophisticated concepts of equine psychology and communication.
Horse, Follow Closely : Native American Horsemanship
by Gawani Pony Boy
Horse and rider are one. Theirs is a relationship of trust, harmony, and respect. In this magnificent book GaWaNi Pony Boy illustrates the traditional training methods--methods that are steeped in common sense and age-old wisdom--of his ancestors. The stunning full-color photographs and simple eloquence takes us back to the days when horse training was about creating a bond for life.
From Birth to Backing: Give Your Young Horse a Head Start in Life
by Richard Maxwell, Johanna Sharples
Give your young horse a head start in life using the world-famous training
techniques of Monty Roberts. Topics covered include foal handling, coping
with equine rebellions, temper tantrums, and coltish behavior, as well as
the correct use of tack and other equipment. Step-by-step photos show clearly
how the handler should work with the horse, what reactions to expect, and
how to solve problems calmly and effectively as they occur.
by Buck Brannaman
Buck Brannaman conducts horsemanship clinics in which
he teaches horse owners how to better understand and
work with their animals, creating a relationship based
on trust and respect rather than force. His methods
are grounded in communicating with horses, on reading
their body language and making them feel secure so horse
and rider can achieve a true union. Buck's skill at
starting young horses off right and reforming troubled
horses has become legendary (indeed, the main character
in the best-seller and movie The Horse Whisperer was
based largely on him), and part of the reason is that
he knows firsthand how a frightened horse feels. Growing
up with an abusive father, Buck often feared he wouldn't
live through the night. In The Faraway Horses, Buck
recounts his moving, inspiring, and often humorous adventures
along the way.