As the creator of the beloved Benji series, Joe has spent most of his life luring us into the heart and soul of a famous dog, but now in this engaging, emotional, and often humorous story, he deftly lures us into the heart and soul of a horse. In doing so, he exposes astonishing truths and unlocks the mystery of a majestic creature who has survived on Earth, without assistance, for fifty-five million years. In a single emotionally charged moment, Camp communes with his first horse, Cash, in a way that changes him and his relationship with horses forever. In his own words, as he stood alone with his back to this horse: The collar of my jacket was tickling the hairs on the back of my neck. And my heart was pounding. Then a puff of warm, moist air brushed my ear. My heart skipped a beat. He was really close. Then I felt his nose on my shoulder . . . I couldn’t believe it. Tears came out of nowhere and streamed down my cheeks. I had spoken to him in his own language, and he had listened . . . and he had chosen to be with me. He had said, I trust you.
Ingeniously alternating between the stories of two people thrust into an unfamiliar, enigmatic realm and a fabled herd of wild horses brought to the New World centuries ago, Joe Camp’s valuable and inspiring book teaches us that the lessons he was learning apply not only to his horses but to life and to people as well–to all of us.
From the Hardcover edition.
Train, care for, and have fun with your horse
If you're crazy about horses, this hands-on guide is all you need to giddy up and go. Featuring updates on breeds, boarding, nutrition, equipment, training, and riding, as well as new information on various equine conditions, this resource shows you how to keep your horse happy - and take your riding skills to the next level.
Discover how to
* Select the right horse for you
* Feed, groom, and handle your horse
* Recognize common horse ailments
* Have fun in the saddle
* Get involved in equestrian competitions
Don’t know a horse’s head from its tail, a trot from a canter, withers from a fetlock? No problem. Coauthored by a medal-winning equestrian and nationally respected equestrian trainer, it tells you what you need to know about that elegant animal, body and soul, to become an accomplished rider. And it trains you in all the technical basics of riding for fun or competition, including how to:Find a good stable and instructor Select riding gear Warm up and keep riding muscles fit Establish a rapport with a horse Cue a horse to walk, jog, trot, lope, and cantor Ride in the ring and on trails Improve your balance and timing Compete in horse shows Buy and care for your own horse
Stop dreaming about it and learn to ride like the wind with Horseback Riding for Dummies—the ultimate beginner’s guide to all things equestrian.
In THE FARAWAY HORSES, Brannaman shares his methods for training and provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Robert Redford's movie The Horse Whisperer, for which he was the technical advisor. *Authoratative figure in horsemanship
*Reveals the key to understanding animals
BUCK BRANNAMAN is a horse gentler--not a horse "breaker"--who has started more than 10,000 young horses in his clinics. He lives with his family in Sheridan, Wyoming.
WILLIAM REYNOLDS is the associate publisher of Cowboys & Indians magazine. He lives with his family in Santa Ynez, California.
From the racetrack to the battlefield—dauntless, fearless, and exemplar of Semper Fi—she was Reckless, "pride of the Marines."
A Mongolian mare who was bred to be a racehorse, Ah-Chim-Hai, or Flame-of-the-Morning, belonged to a young boy named Kim-Huk-Moon. In order to pay for a prosthetic leg for his sister, Kim made the difficult decision to sell his beloved companion. Lieutenant Eric Pedersen purchased the bodacious mare and renamed her Reckless, for the Recoilless Rifles Platoon, Anti-Tank Division, of the 5th Marines she’d be joining.
The four-legged equine braved minefields and hailing shrapnel to deliver ammunition to her division on the frontlines. In one day alone, performing fifty-one trips up and down treacherous terrain, covering a distance of over thirty-five miles, and rescuing wounded comrades-in-arms, Reckless demonstrated her steadfast devotion to the Marines who had become her herd.
Despite only measuring about thirteen hands high, this pint-sized equine became an American hero. Reckless was awarded two Purple Hearts for her valor and was officially promoted to staff sergeant twice, a distinction never bestowed upon an animal before or since.
Author Robin Hutton has reignited excitement about this nearly forgotten legend, realizing the Sgt. Reckless Memorial Monument at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, completed in July 2013, and now spurring the creation of a second memorial at Camp Pendleton, California, where Reckless lived out the rest of her days.
The paperback edition includes a new foreword by General James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. It will appeal to fans of Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit, Elizabeth Letts' The Eighty Dollar Champion, and the feature film War Horse.
—Laura Hillenbrand, bestselling author of Seabiscuit
Updated with a new preface by the author
In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest champion in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown. The only horse to ever grace the covers of Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated in the same week, he also still holds the record for the fastest times in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. He was also the only non-human chosen as one of ESPN’s “50 Greatest Athletes of the Century.” The tale of “Big Red” is an enduring and inspiring classic, more than thirty years after its initial publication.
It is a book for anyone who wants to experience the joy, wonder, self-awareness and peace of mind that comes from creating a horse/human relationship, and it puts forth and clarifies the principles of today's Natural Horsemanship (or what was once referred to as "Horse Whispering")
Everyone knows someone who needs help: a husband, a wife, a partner, a child, a friend, a troubled teenager, a war veteran with PTSD, someone with autism, an addiction, anyone in emotional pain or who has lost their way. Riding Home provides riveting examples of how Equine Therapy has become one of today's most effective cutting-edge methods of healing.
Horses help us discover hidden parts of ourselves, whether we're seven or seventy. They model relationships that demonstrate acceptance, kindness, honesty, tolerance, patience, justice, compassion, and forgiveness. Horses cause all of us to become better people, better parents, better partners, and better friends.
A horse can be our greatest teacher, for horses have no egos, they never lie, they're never wrong and they manifest unparalleled compassion. It is this amazing power of horses to heal and teach us about ourselves that is accessible to anyone and found in the pages of Tim Hayes's Riding Home.
The information and lists of therapeutic and non-therapeutic equine programs, which are contained in the book, are also available at the book's website.
Published by Teton New Media in the USA and distributed by Manson Publishing outside of North America.
Sally Swift’s first book, Centered Riding, made its revolutionary appearance in 1985 and continues as one of the best-selling horse books of all time. This second book doesn't replace the first one, it complements it. In the intervening years, Centered Riding continued to evolve, and Sally inevitably developed many new concepts and fresh imagery, all of which are presented here.
Section 1: “History, Physiology, and Behavior” discusses the natural history of the horse, including adaption, migration, and domestication, how horses became integral to human kind, the role of horses in society (war horses, law-enforcement horses, race horses), as well as animal welfare and the plight of wild and feral horses. The anatomy and physiology of the horse are detailed in discussions of the horse’s bodily systems, structure, senses, gait/movement, and coat and color patterns. In terms of behavior, the authors discuss the life cycle of the horse and reproduction, intelligence and trainability, and horse mentality and natural instincts.
In Section 2: “Breeds and Types,” the authors trace the evolution of modern horse types from three known ancient ancestors and archaic types and extinct breeds. They describe the modern types of horses based on their particular looks and specific uses (Baroque, Cob, Hack, Hunter, Polo Pony and so forth). A detailed discussion of horse color follows, explaining the differences between each and what specific characteristics define each (buckskin, palomino, and pinto).
The extensive breed chapter offers portraits of approximately 175 breeds, alphabetically arranged, from the Abaco Barb to the Welsh Pony, including many rare and handsome breeds from around the world as well as favorites like the American Quarter Horse, the Shetland Pony and the Thoroughbred. Main entries provide alternative names, region of origins, brief history, and physical descriptions for each breed. Sidebars called “Breed in Brief” offer concise overviews of the lesser known breeds.
The popular hobby of horse riding is the focus of Section 3: “Activities with Horses,” which describes English, western, and driving competition as well as rodeo, competitive trail riding, vaulting, polo, and other horse sports. Section 7: “Rider Instruction” continues the discussion on riding with chapters on riding instructions, safety and fitness as well as English and western riding skills.
In Section 4: “A New Horse” and Section 5 “Horsekeeping,” the Bible becomes a primer for all horse owners offering detailed information about choosing the right horse for novice riders, families, and experienced riders and purchasing the horse and the proper equipment (saddles and bridles, boots, gear, and gadgets). The section concludes with chapters on transporting horses, stabling and boarding, and feeding and grooming. Section 6: “Health” discusses veterinary care and vaccines, recognizing the signs of a healthy animal, first aid for each area of the horse’s anatomy, hoof care, and winter wear. A complete chapter is dedicated to battling parasites and pests and avoiding poisonous plants in the horse’s environment. A chapter on alternative care completes the section.
Section 8:”Horse Training” focuses on various training philosophies and early handling, training lessons, solving training problems (leading, bolting, biting/nipping, rearing/buckling and shying).
Section 9: “Competition” is dedicated to horse shows and classes, preparation for various kinds of shows for both the horse and the rider, and what to expect at the show. These chapters are filled with priceless firsthand advice and pointers from the authors about how to succeed at each of these events.
Jo Anne Normile was not supposed to keep the foal, an exuberant Thoroughbred with only a few white hairs on his reddish-brown forehead. But she fell in love with the young horse, who had literally been born into her arms. The breeder finally said she could keep the colt, whom she nicknamed "Baby" – but only if she raced him.
It was difficult to take Baby away from the safety of his pasture. But Normile had made a promise. Besides, horseracing had always come across as a glamorous blend of mint juleps and celebrity, of equine grace and speed. It was a vision she found appealing.
And she fell hard for it, this "Sport of Kings." She experienced a thrill every time Baby sprinted around the track, edging out other horses. But the magic that enchants is a veneer. For every Seabiscuit, there are tens of thousands of racehorses whose lives end in pain and despair, with indifference and corruption that runs rampant through the world of horse racing.
Normile knew none of this. Not until an accident on a poorly maintained track. That's when everything changed. That's when Normile founded the most successful horse rescue in the country, an organization that would go on to save more horses than anyone else ever had. That's when she knew she had no other choice.
Saving Baby is Jo Anne Normile's story of perseverance and passion. A heartbreaking and ultimately life-affirming book, it testifies to the transcending power of hope, and the unshakeable bond of love.
* With 5 original chapters (plus Addendum) by Keith Hosman
NOTE: The free or cheap copies of "Dr. Sutherland's System of Educating the Horse" found elsewhere online are poorly scanned-in, blurry and very difficult to read. The material you'll find here in my book has been reformatted for the modern era. More importantly, I've annotated the material ("added comments") and included 6 additional chapters written by myself.
Check out the Table of Contents, below
This book brings together public domain material written by G.H. Sutherland, MD and by me, Keith Hosman. It is published in two sections. The first is a collection of dozens of tricks you can teach your horse and was written in 1861 by Dr. Sutherland. The second contains five "feats" I put to paper after finding them to be quite popular at my clinics. You will also find a fix for horses that bite, should they get nippy following some of the training which calls for the horse to pick objects up with its mouth and the like.
I have annotated Dr. Sutherland's work. That's a fancy way of saying that I read through his material, then added comment to each chapter based on personal experiences, modern thinking and techniques. Know that, while they may be short, each observation or insight was placed with care; each can make big changes fast somewhere in your training. I daresay you just might recoup the cost of this book somewhere in that sea of italicized notes.
Still, why should you lay down your hard-earned cash for a horse-training book written generations ago? Because author G.H. Sutherland could train horses to do tricks that you'd like to learn -- and when something works, it works. Besides, in all this time, what's really changed? It's still a human using the same simple tools to teach a horse to do the same maneuvers.
Table of Contents:
DR. SUTHERLAND'S SYSTEM OF EDUCATING THE HORSE With Rules for Teaching the Horse Some 40 Different Tricks or Feats
- TO COME WHEN CALLED
- TO MAKE A BOW
- TO SHAKE HANDS
- TO KNOCK ON THE DOOR
- TO STAND ON A TABLE
- TO CIRCLE AROUND
- TO JUMP THE WHIP
- TO JUMP THROUGH THE HOOP
- TO LIE DOWN
- TO KNEEL DOWN
- TO SIT UP
- TO SIT UP--ANOTHER METHOD
- TO WALK ON THREE LEGS
- TO STAND ON HIND LEGS
- TO WALK ON HIND LEGS
- TO SAY YES
- TO SAY NO
- TO WALTZ
- TO PICK UP THINGS
- TO HOLD THINGS
- TO CARRY AND FETCH THINGS
- TO TAKE OFF CAP, COAT AND MITTENS
- TO UNBUCKLE SADDLE GIRTH AND TAKE OFF SADDLE
- TO OPEN AND SHUT THE DOOR
- TO PUMP WATER
- TO FIRE OFF A PISTOL
- TO RING THE BELL
- TO FIND HIDDEN THINGS
- TO TELL HIS ABCs
- TO COUNT OR SELECT DIFFERENT NUMBERS
- TO SPELL
- TO READ
- TO ANSWER ANY QUESTION IN THE MULTIPLICATION TABLE
- TO ADD, SUBTRACT, MULTIPLY AND DIVIDE
- TO BRING THE CARDS CALLED FOR
- TO TELL HIS AGE, DAYS IN THE WEEK, MONTHS IN THE YEAR, ETC.
- TO TELL FORTUNE
- TO PLAY CARDS
- TO PASS AROUND THE HAT
"A Handful of Feats" as originally penned by Keith Hosman
- Teach a Horse to Sidepass Toward You On the Ground
- Teach Your Horse to Lower His Head While Standing
- Teach Horse to Pick Up Its Feet when You Point
- Teach Your Horse to Come to You (Using a Roundpen)
- Teach Your Horse to Load Into a Trailer - From Some Distance
ADDENDUM: "Biting Horses" (Curing this most serious of vices)
Pat and Mandy Retzlaff lived a hard but satisfying farming life in Zimbabwe. Working all hours of the day on their sprawling ranch and raising three boisterous children, they savored the beauty of the veld and the diverse wildlife that grazed the meadows outside their dining room window. After their children, the couple's true pride and joy were their horses.
But in early 2001, the Retzlaffs' lives were thrown into turmoil when armed members of President Robert Mugabe's War Veterans' Association began invading the farmlands owned by white Zimbabweans and violently reclaiming the land. Under the threat of death, the family was forced to flee, leaving behind a lifetime's possessions and becoming exiles in the only country they had ever called home.
As other families across the country fled, they left behind not only their homes but dozens of horses. Devoted animal lovers, Pat and Mandy—now essentially homeless themselves—vowed to save these horses: Shere Khan, the queen of the herd; Tequila, the escape artist forever breaking free and trying to walk back to his original home; Grey, the silver gelding and leader; Princess, the temperamental mare; and the numerous others they rescued along the way.
One Hundred and Four Horses is a love story and an epic tale of survival and unbreakable bonds—those that hold us to land and family, but also those between man and the most majestic of animals, the horse.
The book is based on Mary Burmeister's Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help books 1 and 2, which are said to contain the essence of this "Art of the Creator through Compassionate Man."
Includes step by step directions and color illustrations, showing the adaptations needed to easily work with different size species including: dogs, horses, cats, birds, rabbits, and hamsters.The pages are clear and accessible, with hands showing the location of each step. Flows are adapted as needed based on the relationship of the Safety Energy Locks (building blocks of the body) in different species, as well as attitudinal and physical differences needed to be able to work with domesticated animals.
101 Dressage Exercises for Horse & Rider, presented in StoreyÕs highly visual ÒRead & RideÓ format, features a full arena diagram and stepby- step instructions for each exercise. The exercises address all levels of riders, starting with the basics and moving up to maneuvers developed by members of the U.S. Olympic team. Training tips and masterly guidance make this an indispensable reference for all dressage riders. Even Western riders interested in enhancing their performance will find these foundational exercises useful.
Dressage riders are information-hungry readers, often referred to as Òthe thinking horsemen.Ó This bookÕs sturdy format, combbound and drilled so it can be hung on a ringside post, will appeal to these reading riders, whether in or out of the saddle.
With more than fifty years of experience teaching and training with horses, Richards helps horse lovers succeed in their riding goals. Hints for Hopeful Dressage Riders provides a host of tips to help both novices and the more experienced riders to:• purchase a suitable horse; • find the correct position and effective aids; • learn training techniques; • recognize signs of discomfort; • solve common riding problems; • practice useful exercises; • understand the importance of the lunge line; and • discover clinics and showing.
Hints for Hopeful Dressage Riders addresses the everyday problems riders may encounter at the lower levels of dressage. Richards offers solutions that contribute to enhance the performance and enjoyment of all horses and riders.The book has useful information for all riders of all disciplines. The balanced seat is the safest form of riding as opposed to gripping in order to stay on, whether or not one is riding dressage with a longer stirrup length. The techniques and exercises for the horse are to improve strength, suppleness and become balanced which are important for all disciplines. They also help the horse to focus on the rider and become more obedient and in doing so become safer and more enjoyable to ride.
Despite her parents' objections, young Margie worked odd jobs at stables in exchange for riding lessons, then proved her ability in the show ring on ponies and, later, on horses. Her first Grand Prix victory came in 1986 on Daydream, and was followed by such notable blue-ribbon successes as the prestigious American Invitational, the Budweiser AGA Show Jumping Championship, and representing the United States in Nations Cups. She is the American Grandprix Association's only eight-time Rider of the Year, and the first rider ever to place first, second, third, fourth, and fifth in a single Grand Prix class.
The route to the top was not an easy one. Margie had to overcome financial challenges and a series of bone-breaking injuries that threatened to end her career. But thanks to her courage and tenacity, and the love and support of her family--especially husband, Steve--and her sponsors and fans, she rebounded to increased prominence at the international level.
In addition to telling this extraordinary and inspiring story, the book offers many of the horsemanship tips and techniques that have given Margie and her students the winner's edge.
Written by someone who has known Margie best--her mother--No Hurdle Too High will appeal to everyone, rider or not, who thrills to challenges and triumphs at the highest level.
This book provides simple and objective training for the unbroke horse, from 1st-time bridling and saddling to sacking out, bridle work from the ground, pre-mount work, and your (necessarily short) first ride. You'll learn the proven methods of John Lyons, tips to keep you safer, and tricks to save time. Today's the day to get started putting a proper foundation on your horse, a solid start that'll pay big dividends for the rest of his life.
If you began your training in the round pen, this book outlines the next steps
If you haven't round penned your horse, you can still begin with this book BUT round penning beforehand is highly recommended.
We'll get you into the saddle for a first ride -- and finish up with a chapter designed to prep you the rider/trainer, for all future rides, demonstrating specifically how to use your reins for quicker, easier results with horses of all ages. A good 90 percent of the issues I see at a typical riding clinic could have been prevented if the rider knew a few simple rules about how to hold (and release!) those reins. Developing a "good feel" for when and how to pick up and drop those reins will make training easier at all stages of your horse's life -- especially when astride a young, nervous colt when clear communication is most paramount.
Finally, pinned to the tail of this book, you'll find "Cinchy Horses." Should you find yourself training a youngster who's especially goosey at the tightening of the cinch, you'll want this "what to do" fix.
Only you can judge whether your colt or filly is ready for this material:
Though not a mandatory prerequisite, round penning your horse (using the methods of John Lyons) is the smart thing to do before completing the material in this book. Ideally, your horse is now relaxed around you, leads well, has been taught to turn away from you as well as to face you (consistently keeping two eyes on you), and is wholly desensitized to your hand and various objects. At an absolute minimum, your horse must remain calm and willing in most circumstances when being worked with (today), is thoroughly "used to" being handled, and you must have the ability to turn the horse toward you as well as away. You must be able to lead your horse, he isn't head shy, and you can handle his entire body, ears, and all four feet. If not, check out the prerequisite work found in my book "Round Pen: First Steps to Starting a Horse."
This book is broken down into five "Days" or sessions, each designed for you to take at a pace you set:
- Day One: First-time bridling
- Day Two: Bridle work from the ground (hip and shoulder control)
- Day Three: Sacking out and first saddling
- Day Four: Pre-mount work up
- Day Five: First Ride
- "The Reins: 5 Tips to Improve Your Use"
- "Cinchy Horses"
What this book does not cover: It's loaded with early-stages training for the green horse - but it does not cover elementary sacking out (again, see my book "Round Penning: First Steps to Starting a Horse"), nor does it offer training beyond the first few weeks after first saddling up. It teaches you hip and shoulder control from the ground, how to bridle and saddle up for the first time and what you need to do to take the first ride - which will necessarily be a short one. It gives you pointers as to how you should further your training (beyond the parameters of this book) but it does not cover "riding training" (turning, stopping, speed control, etc.) beyond lessons recommended for your first dozen or so "rides."
If you're going to be the first person to sit on your colt, don't you want to do everything possible to assure success? Use the Lyons methods described in this book to build a solid foundation! You'll save tons of time and aggravation in the future if you do it right today.
Susan had a new horse, a spirited Morgan named Georgia, and, as she says: “It had something to do with Georgia. It had something to do with making a commitment as enormous as caring for a horse that might live as my companion for the next forty years. It had something to do with love.” Every day begins with a morning ride.
Every day Susan lives a little more and thinks about her mistakes a little less. Every day she learns a little more from Georgia, the kind of horse who doesn’t go in for indecision, who doesn’t apologize for her opinions, and who isn’t afraid to be herself. In Georgia, Susan finds something to draw her back to herself, but also something to keep her steady and focused, to teach her about stepping carefully in unknown territory, to help her learn again about balance.
This is a memoir about the power of animals to carry us through the toughest times of our lives—about the importance of constancy, the beauty of quiet, steadfast love, the way loving a good (and sometimes bad!) animal can keep you going. It’s a wonderful story for Susan’s (and Georgia’s) fans, and for anyone who has ever loved an animal enough to keep on living.
Why do horses kick if approached from the rear?
Why do horses sleep standing up?
Why do horses breathe into each other's nostrils?
These and 36 other curious equine behaviors are informatively and lightheartedly answered in the handsomely illustrated Why Horses Do That.
An original pencil drawing illustrates each insightful explanation of odd but characteristic horse actions.
One-hundred full-color photographs of Buck in action enhance the step-by-step methodology that leads to mastering this essential Western skill. Whether you ride or rope or just wish you could, here's a book for everyone who is captivated by Western traditions and contemporary life.
This comprehensive handbook uses a friendly question-and-answer format. Each question includes a detailed real-life case study. The author identifies the source of the trouble and offers practical, proven techniques that can help solve the problem. The situations presented are common to all horses and horse lovers, and Jahiel's advice is applicable to every breed of horse and to both Western and English riders.
The next time you're running late for a show and the kids are driving you nuts and you need to get your horse boxed up and you're running really late... wouldn't you love to have a pro horse trainer appear and show you what to do?
Well, the bad news is, I'll be twenty states away that day. The good news is... you can bring my book! Trailer training is actually very easy - it's just a matter of knowing what steps to take, how long to do each, and what to emphasize. To that end, I've compiled a simple set of instructions, a guidebook to getting your horse loading smoothly using the proven methods of John Lyons.
Train your horse to:
- Load immediately and willingly
- Unload easily and in a controlled manner
- Lead politely
You'll find the book broken down into five "Days" or segments:
- Day 1: Easy trailer loading begins by solidifying great ground manners
- Day 2: Refine your control over specific body parts, gaining respect along the way, setting yourself up for success
- Day 3: Two different ways to get your horse into the trailer
- Day 4: Exercises for "hard-luck" cases, training tips for everybody
- Day 5: Do's, Don'ts and What-To-Do-Ifs, plus notes on tying, horses that won't unload, horses who "thrash" and more
- And... learn to use a round pen to teach your horse to actually look for open trailers! You point, and your horse runs over and hops in!
I call them "days" but you should take this work at your own speed. Each chapter gives you a plan, a goal, theory and homework. Some segments, or "days," will be easier than others. And, while you can breeze through everything in hours, you might want to split it up over days or weeks. It's completely up to you.
Whatcha waiting for? Don't wait till the morning you're leaving to find out if your horse loads!
No foot, no horse. It's an old saying, but it rings as true today as it ever did in humankind's history of horsemanship. What can you do to ensure your horse's hooves are sound? Follow the advice of those who know horses' hooves best: farriers.
In Hoof Care for Horses, long-time farrier Henry Heymering outlines the best preventative maintenance for hooves, giving practical tips on achieving dry footing, good ventilation in stalls, proper diet, and adequate exercise. You'll learn about the best supplements for hoof health -- and when is the right time to give them to your horse -- as well as how to recognize and treat common shoe and hoof wall problems, sole and frog conditions, and internal hoof diseases. You'll even discover the best way to pick up and clean a horse's hoof, as well as how to properly hold a horse for a farrier. Offering tricks of the trade, expert advice, and simple step-by-step techniques, Heymering makes it easy for owners to practice good hoof care on a daily basis.
Do you have a foal on the way? Maybe you've got a weanling who's growing like a weed but in need of training and possibly getting dangerous?
Do you know what training is essential for baby horses, how to approach the work - and how much is too much?
You have years till you can ride your colt or filly - but there's a lot of training that needs to be done in the meantime. They need to cooperate for the farrier, to stand near you politely, to be lead around the barn, to respect your space - they need to become a cheerful member of your family. This is your step-by-step guide; it shows you exactly what to do, what to look for and in what order.
Train your foal to be safer and:
- To respect you and your space
- To deal with fear
- To lead and stand calmly
- To begin "giving to pressure," the very foundation of all training
If you were the first person to someday ride your weanling, would you feel safer if the colt did - or did not - have a proper foundation?
Your Foal: Essential Training for the Weanling Horse is broken down into five "Days" or sessions.
Table of Contents
- Day One: Look At Me - Build Body Control
- Day Two: Sacking Out and Desensitizing
- Day Three: Halter Training Your Foal
- Day Four: Leading a Horse: Colt Basics
- Day Five: Cleaning Horses: Bathing Your Foal
- Teach Your Horse to Stand Tied
- Horses That Bite (Most young horses will try this once - here's how to "nip it" in the bud.)
- Pick Up Your Feet - When I Point!
- Sidepassing to You On the Ground
- Teach Your Horse to Come to You
Based on the gentle and proven techniques of John Lyons, "Days" 1-5 teach your horse to respect your space, to deal with fear, to stand calmly and to begin "giving to pressure." Section II contains additional "how-to" that you'll need at this stage in your young horse's life.
I call the individual segments "days" but you'll take this work at a speed that's comfortable for both you and your foal. While you'll fly through some "days," others will necessarily require that you spend more time to really nail the material. You might want to split it up over days, weeks or months.. It's completely up to you - after all, you've got years till he's big enough to carry that saddle or pull that cart!
Each chapter gives you a plan, a goal, theory and homework. The whole thing might take you a week - and it might take you months. Every trainer's different, every foal is different. Regardless, when you arrive at the other side, you will have made significant progress in your foal's training and you'll be miles ahead when it comes time later to break him to saddle.
Acclaimed when first published in 1977 and now available for the first time in paperback, Horseman's Veterinary Encyclopedia offers a comprehensive approach to equine health, discussing diseases, unsoundnesses and other problems according to the parts of the horse's body: injuries and lameness; foot and hoof care; parasites; skin and coat care; colic and other sicknesses; dental care; and the respiratory, circulatory and reproductive systems.
As a practical handbook for the owner and as a guide to working with the veterinarian and farrier, Horseman's Veterinary Encyclopedia is an indispensable tool for every home, barn, and ranch.
The highly acclaimed reference on equine medical treatment and preventive care.
It takes more than horse sense to maintain a healthy horse. A knowledge of veterinary medicine is essential, not only for when emergencies occur but also to provide the animal with a safe and nurturing environment that will prevent as many problems as possible.
Acclaimed when first published in 1977, and now thoroughly updated with the latest veterinary advances, Horseman's Veterinary Encyclopedia, Revised and Updated, offers a comprehensive approach to equine health, discussing disease, unsoundness, and other problems according to the parts of the horse's body: injuries and lameness; foot and hoof care; parasites; skin and coat care; colic and other sicknesses; infectious diseases such as West Nile virus; dental care; and the respiratory, circulatory and reproductive systems.
As a practical handbook for the owner and as a guide to working with the veterinarian and farrier, Horseman's Veterinary Encyclopedia, Revised and Updated, is an indispensable tool for every home, stable, and ranch.