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Tthe Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Riding Your Horse



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Essential Horse: Tthe Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Riding Your Horse by Susan McBane
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Everything a horse owner wants to find out and must know to care for humankind's most loved and useful creature-from equine body language and stable skills to riding instruction-is in this ultimate, fully-illustrated horse care manual. Consult it to read up on equine history, equestrian sports, breeds, behavior, and anatomy. Enjoy fascinating facts and locate with ease, highlighted tips and checklists on: saddling, tacking, and grooming; footcare and mucking out; mounting, lunging, galloping, jumping; health, diet, and first aid; as well as dressage, show jumping and eventing for advanced riders. For anyone interested in horses or ponies-whether you own one or not-it's the only book you'll ever need!

Table of Contents

Introduction 6; 1 History 10; How horses evolved; the domestication of the horse; the development of the breeds; riding throughout history; riding styles around the world; the working horse; 2 Anatomy and behaviour 24; The horse's body; mating and foaling; behaviour in the wild; behaviour in domestication; 3 Your First Horse 46; Are you ready to own a horse?; keeping your horse at livery; keeping your horse at home; where to find your horse; the right horse for you; colours and markings; trying out a horse; 4 General Care 62; Stables and paddocks; bedding down and mucking out; feeding; watering; grooming; clipping and trimming; daily foot care; complimentary therapies; saddlery and equipment; tack; rugs, blankets and sheets; transporting horses; 5 Riding 106; Clothing; finding a riding school; first lessons; approaching your horse and mounting; on the lunge; walking; trotting; cantering; coming off the lunge; class lessons; fast cantering and galloping; pole work; jumping small fences; jumping larger fences; riding on roads; hacking out; riding alone; problem solving; coping with a young horse; finding a freelance teacher; 6 Advanced riding 150; Western sports; sidesaddle riding; showjumping; dressage; eventing; flat racing; steeple chasing and hurdling; point-to-pointing; endurance riding; hunting; carriage driven; 7 Health care 174; Good health, sickness and injury; first aid; common ailments and vaccinations; foot care and farriery; dental care and parasite control; Glossary 186; index 188.

Author Biography

Susan McBane has many years' experience working with ponies and has written 38 books and hundreds of articles on the subject of horse management and psychology.
Release date Australia
October 30th, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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