Horse Production
Horse Owners' Essential Tips: Grooming, Care, Tack, Facilities, Riding, Pasture
Horse Owners' Essential Tips
Grooming, Care, Tack, Facilities, Riding, Pasture
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1770858466

Horse Owners' Essential Tips is chock full of the best proven advice on horse care. Shared among owners and riders for years, these tips and tricks revolve around daily maintenance and the most common problems that arise when caring for a horse. The book packs them all together in an easy to use guide that will quickly earn a prominent place in the stable office.

The tips are organized into seven sections covering all aspects of horse care: Grooming; Care; Equipment; Stabling; Riding; Equestrian, In the Meadow, and Horse Life.

Here are some examples:

  • About half a glass of sunflower oil in each ration will give a beautiful shine to a horse's coat.
  • Hay should be fragrant and green but it also should not be too dry or too wet. To test, vigorously twist tufts of hay between both hands. It should be flexible enough to survive 10 twists before snapping (meaning it's not too dry) but if it still doesn't break after 15 twists, then it's too wet.
  • A basketball net, without the backboard, makes a great hay feed net for a stable -- and it keeps the hay off the ground.
  • To keep a stable water trough clean, install it into a corner of the stable and fix a metal bar about one foot (30 cm) front of it. This will keep the wrong end of the horse away from the water.
  • Some horses eat much too quickly, which can cause deadly choking or bloat. To slow it down, break stones of salt into the ration. This slows the horse down as he has to pick through the food to avoid the salt.

Horse Owners' Essential Tips is eminently practical and informative for all new and veteran horse owners and for young and experienced riders alike. An essential selection for all collections.

Dark Horses and Black Beauties: Animals, Women, a Passion
Dark Horses and Black Beauties
Animals, Women, a Passion
Paperback      ISBN: 0393322661

In a phenomenon too prevalent to be mere chance, little girls all over the Western world wake one day to find themselves completely taken over by the love of all things equine. Melissa Holbrook Pierson was one of those horse-crazy girls who later returned to riding with a new appreciation for the nature of horses. Melding memoir, sociology, history, anecdote, and a bit of prose poetry, Dark Horses and Black Beauties delves beneath the shallow hypotheses explaining women's connection to horses to look at how this communication with another animal opens us up to a new apprehension of the larger "natural" world. "A fearless book: unflinching, honest, and kind." Village Voice "The play of her mind...is subtle and quick; coltish, one wants to say, and one would be right." The New York Times, Richard Bernstein "So beautifully written that it instantly captivates." Newark Star-Ledger "She muses to deep and lyrical effect in her new collection of slender and delicate essays on horses and women." Richard Bernstein, The New York Times "A meditation intended to dispel those tiresome Freudian theories aimed at the universal fascination women seem to have with horses." The New York Times Book Review, Jillian Dunham "A fearless book: unflinching, earnest, and kind." Village Voice, Emily Jenkins "This is a poignant, charming, and realistic book." Maxine Kumin "Whoever likes animals will love this book, and better yet, whoever seeks to fathom the mysterious relationships between ourselves and other species will be transported." Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs "As passionate as it is informative....Rich in history, romance, and charm, Pierson's devotion to horses is always engaging, and most of all, moving." Brenda Peterson, co-editor of Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals "Pierson's...writing...is well suited to her subject, containing bits of breathless enthusiasm one moment and peaceful contemplation the next." Publishers Weekly

Horse Whisperings (Small Format): Portraits by Bob Tabor
Horse Whisperings (Small Format)
Portraits by Bob Tabor
Hardcover      ISBN: 1851499113

- A photographic homage to the horse - A unique slant on capturing the equine essence; these stunning photographs illuminate the natural beauty of the horse "Bob Tabor's images of horses are simply amazing. Striking. Gorgeous. And incredibly unique. I would say impossible, but here they are before my eyes" - Joe Camp, Author of the best seller The Soul of a Horse: Life Lessons from the Herd. "Illuminated only by natural light, the beautiful images in Horse Whisperings ignite the viewer's imagination and give a unique insight into the world of the horse" - Horse and Rider Magazine The photographs in this book reflect Bob Tabor's unique intimacy with horses. Each portrait combines the inner strength, spirit and gentle power of nature's most beautiful athlete. Only natural light is used to illuminate every muscle, every hair, every sinew, as Bob's aim was to meet his subjects on their own terms. In turn, his subjects have allowed him to capture their very souls; he's given the horses a voice and allowed them to speak for themselves.

Horse Handling & Grooming: Haltering * Leading & Tying * Bathing & Clipping * Grooming & Braiding * Handling Hooves
Horse Handling & Grooming
Haltering * Leading & Tying * Bathing & Clipping * Grooming & Braiding * Handling Hooves
Paperback      ISBN: 0882669567

With easy-to-follow instructions and clear photographs, this guide shows you everything you need to know to safely and effectively handle and groom your horse. Veteran trainer Cherry Hill shares expert techniques for haltering, tying, clipping, bathing, braiding, leading, blanketing, and more. Learn how proper horsekeeping not only helps your animal look and feel its best, but can enhance the special bond between horse and rider. Horse Handling & Grooming will help riders of all abilities improve, and even expand, their horsekeeping skills.

American Paint Horse
American Paint Horse
Paperback      ISBN: 0806121440

This book is the first comprehensive history of an admirable American breed of horse that has at last come into its own. It is a ready reference for the breeder and a broadly based account for the historian of the equine species.

The author searches out the past, describing the origin of painted horses in ancient times, their movement across Europe, their arrival in the Americas, and their acceptance in the 1960s as a distinctive breed.

Accompanying his text with many illustrations, the author discusses breed characteristics, bloodlines, and color patterns. He emphasizes the genetic principles involved in breeding authentic Paints. Included are descriptions and charts of markings of the tobiano, the overo, the criulo, the criollo, and-that fascinating occurrence-the Paint cropout.

Blood Horses: Notes of a Sportswriter's Son
Blood Horses
Notes of a Sportswriter's Son
Paperback      ISBN: 0312423764

"Sullivan has found the transcendent in the horse."--Sports Illustrated

Winner of a 2004 Whiting Writers' Award

One evening late in his life, veteran sportswriter Mike Sullivan was asked by his son what he remembered best from his three decades in the press box. The answer came as a surprise. "I was at Secretariat's Derby, in '73. That was ... just beauty, you know?"

John Jeremiah Sullivan didn't know, not really-but he spent two years finding out, journeying from prehistoric caves to the Kentucky Derby in pursuit of what Edwin Muir called "our long-lost archaic companionship" with the horse. The result-winner of a National Magazine Award and named a Book of the Year by The Economist magazine-is an unprecedented look at Equus caballus, incorporating elements of memoir, reportage, and the picture gallery.

In the words of the New York Review of Books, Blood Horses "reads like Moby-Dick as edited by F. Scott Fitzgerald . . . Sullivan is an original and greatly gifted writer."

The Complete Book of Foaling: An Illustrated Guide for the Foaling Attendant
The Complete Book of Foaling
An Illustrated Guide for the Foaling Attendant
Hardcover      ISBN: 0876059515

In Praise of The Complete Book of Foaling
A must read for anybody who has ever thought about breeding a mare. --Judith Forbis, Ansata Arabian Stud
Brilliantly written reads like a novel, yet beautifully organized so that you can flip to a section at a moment's notice if your mare is in trouble. --Equus
This book should be included in every foaling kit. In fact, it should never sit on the bookshelf in the house keep it in the barn where you can always get to it in a hurry! --Modern Horse Breeding
Right away the illustrations set this book apart from any other in its class. Dr. Hayes's ability to teach is the other distinction she has a knack for explaining things in such a way that you understand and remember, and the learning process is fun. I couldn't put the book down until I had read it cover to cover. --Walter Schimanski, Masada Arabians
The Howell Equestrian Library is a distinguished collection of books on all aspects of horsemanship and horsemastership. The nearly fifty books in print offer readers in all disciplines and at all levels of competition sound instruction and guidance by some of the most celebrated riders, trainers, judges and veterinarians in the horse world today. Whether your interest is dressage, show jumping or Western riding, or whether it's breeding, grooming or health care, Howell has a book to answer your needs. Get to know all the books in the Howell Equestrian Library: many are modern-day classics and have achieved the status of authoritative references in the estimation of those who ride, train and care for horses.
The Howell Equestrian Library

The Complete Horseshoeing Guide
The Complete Horseshoeing Guide
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0806127198

Here for experts, beginners, and do-it-yourself horse owners is all the information necessary to the modern farrier's art of horseshoeing. In this second edition Robert Wiseman describes and illustrates not only basic shoeing techniques but also special shoeing procedures for the American Saddlebred, Quarter Horse, draft horse, parade horse, and race horse, among others. Hoof diseases and defects that cause lameness and sometimes complete disability are clearly defined, with instructions for the corrective shoeing methods necessary to each ailment. A specialized section on metalwork and handmade shoes will appeal to the devotee.

Dancing with Your Dark Horse: How Horse Sense Helps Us Find Balance, Strength, and Wisdom
Dancing with Your Dark Horse
How Horse Sense Helps Us Find Balance, Strength, and Wisdom
Paperback      ISBN: 1569243875

In Dancing with Your Dark Horse, Chris Irwin, world-renowned as one of the most successful horse whisperers in North America, further explores the intriguing spiritual connection he has discovered between human and equine nature. Based on his more than twenty years of working with, training, and observing horses, Irwin explains how the characteristics necessary to building good relationships with horses can in turn be used to establish a positive balance between mind, body, and spirit in our own lives. Dancing with Your Dark Horse will help readers see that horses have a great deal to teach us about how to live happier, healthier, and more balanced lives.

Equine Nutrition Feeding 4e
Equine Nutrition Feeding 4e
4th Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1405195460

Since the first edition of Equine Nutrition and Feeding was published in 1986, it has become the seminal work on the subject. It covers all the key topics that you need to know for your equine nutrition degree course. This comprehensive and clearly evidenced textbook covers how food is digested and nutrients are used in growing, working and breeding horses. It also explains the scientific basis for calculating nutrient and dietary requirements in an understandable manner, and shows you how to do these calculations. Special attention is also given to grassland and pasture, and to housing and diet-related diseases.

Additional, student-friendly features include:

  • References to the most up-to-date information, including "Nutrient Requirements of Horses", from the National Research Council (2007).
  • Case histories to provide practical examples.
  • Study questions at the end of each chapter to help you to revise.
  • A comprehensive glossary of terms and abbreviations.

Changes to this fourth edition:

  • Evidence base has been expanded, with 646 new research reports and papers being incorporated.
  • Extensively revised to make navigation easier.
  • A new section is dedicated to the weaning and growth of the foal.

This book is the essential text for any undergraduate and postgraduate student of equine nutrition, equine veterinary medicine, equine veterinary nursing or agricultural science. It is also used by equine nutritionists and horse owners.