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Saddletramp: Riding from Ottoman Hills to Offa's Dyke
Saddletramp
Riding from Ottoman Hills to Offa's Dyke
Hardcover      ISBN: 1910723002

In the depths of winter, Jeremy James began a horseback ride from central Turkey to his hometown in Wales in a journey which was to take him eight and a half months. First he had to find his horse, an unlikely old and weary Arab stallion who eventually rose up to his challenge with equal spirit as his new master. With uncertain mastery of their route, the two of them crossed rivers and mountains to reach the Greek border. Here their close bond had to break and Jeremy was forced to buy Maria, an unbroken filly who he rode to the Italian border and changed her for Gonzo, who took him on the idyllic stretch through Umbria and Tuscan. Crossing the Alps together, they rode through late-summer France to reach Wales in November. Jeremy writes with humour and sensitivity about the people and places this journey takes him to, but his bond with his horses is the thread which binds the narrative and infuses the whole adventure.

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.

The Horse: Its Nature, Revealed
The Horse
Its Nature, Revealed
Hardcover      ISBN: 1770859594

An intimate view into horses' true nature.

This gorgeous book presents the noble and powerful horse in spellbinding photographs, revealing text, and extended captions. Sabine Stuewer has been observing horses for years -- when they are alone and in groups. Her images are an indulgent visual treat, revealing the pure beauty of horses and their connection to their environment and their companions.

Emmanuelle Brengard interprets the horses' behaviors -- one minute calmly grazing, in a frenzied gallop the next, grooming each other, nuzzling a foal, battling for a mate -- giving horse lovers a better understanding of the animal.

The book's sections are:

  • In the Harem -- the harem family of about 10 (a stallion and his mares and foals), social order
  • The Stallion -- charisma, postures, fights between males, reproduction
  • Mares and Foals -- birth, educating the foals, foal games
  • The Nuances of Friendship -- hierarchy, games among adults
  • The Partnerships -- mares and foals, resting and sleep, adults protecting the herd and grooming
  • Gallop to Freedom -- photo gallery
  • Finely Honed Senses -- smell, sight, taste, hearing, communication, the gaits
  • Fits of Madness -- jumps and leaps to release stress and energy, and to stretch.
  • Those who ride horses will tell you that they are complex animals possessing a wide range of behaviors. It can take years of watching and being with horses to truly understand them. The Horse brings a closer view to their world in a new way, one that is possible only with the authors' decades of experience observing, photographing and interacting with the charismatic horse.

    Equestrians, breeders, casual riders, artists and photographers, and all who love horses for their character and beauty will derive great pleasure from this book. The Horse is an authoritative, photographic jewel and a remarkable value.

    Seabiscuit: An American Legend
    Seabiscuit
    An American Legend
    Paperback      ISBN: 0345465083

    Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit's fortunes:
    Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.
    Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race.

    "From the Hardcover edition."

    Chosen by a Horse
    Chosen by a Horse
    Paperback      ISBN: 0156031175

    The horse Susan Richards chose for rescue wouldn't be corralled into her waiting trailer. Instead Lay Me Down, a former racehorse with a foal close on her heels, walked right up that ramp and into Susan's life. This gentle creature--malnourished, plagued by pneumonia and an eye infection--had endured a rough road, but somehow her heart was still open and generous. It seemed fated that she would come into Susan's paddock and teach her how to embrace the joys of life despite the dangers of living.


    An elegant and often heartbreaking tale filled with animal characters as complicated and lively as their human counterparts, this is an inspiring story of courage and hope and the ways in which all love--even an animal's--has the power to heal.
    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.

    The Horse Behavior Problem Solver: All Your Questions Answered about How Horses Think, Learn, and React
    The Horse Behavior Problem Solver
    All Your Questions Answered about How Horses Think, Learn, and React
    Paperback      ISBN: 1580175244

    Understanding your horse's behavior is an essential aspect of creating a mutual bond of trust, respect, and friendship. In a handy question-and-answer format, Dr. Jessica Jahiel explains the language and logic of how horses learn and communicate, enabling you to interpret and properly respond to your animal's quirky ways. From fear of the vet to unstoppable kicking, this guide provides proven techniques for helping your horse break bad habits, along with creative ideas for fostering a healthy relationship filled with love and affection.

    Vagabond: A Horseback Adventure from Bulgaria to Berlin
    Vagabond
    A Horseback Adventure from Bulgaria to Berlin
    Hardcover      ISBN: 1910723010

    The journey starts when author and long-rider Jeremy James buys two horses from gypsies at a fair in southern Bulgaria. He and his long-suffering friend Chumpie then set off on horseback winding northwards to Berlin and on the way encounter a marvellous array of local characters from all walks of life as they ride from Bulgaria to Berlin, via Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland. On a low budget, they are sustained by local fire-water, indigestible food and the forceful personalities of their horses who steal, run away, misbehave or suddenly comply at will and add a whole new dimension to the experience of travel. As Jeremy says, If you go by train or car, the world rushes past you, and you don (TM)t even get to smell it. But if you travel on a horse, you feel the world as you move through it, every step, every scent, every breeze, every dimple in the ground, and it (TM)s always fresh. The horse carries you into village life: he (TM)s a point of reference, something to focus on. (TM) After five long months, they finally reach their destination. It has taken Jeremy through an Eastern Europe full of surprises, which, with the collapse of communism, has almost disappeared today.

    Stilwater: Finding Wild Mercy in the Outback
    Stilwater
    Finding Wild Mercy in the Outback
    Paperback      ISBN: 1571313141
    The spellbinding true story of a young woman's adventure in the Australian outback as she joins a small crew on an abandoned cattle station and drags feral cattle in from the wild.

    One thousand square miles of coastal scrub--inundated by monsoon floods in summer, baked dry in winter, and filled with the most deadly animals in the world--Stilwater seems an unlikely home for a cattle operation. But in the countless miles beyond the station compound roam tens of thousands of cows, many entirely feral from a long period of neglect. Rafael has been hired, along with a ragged crew of ringers and stockmen, to bring them in for drafting. Over a season they use helicopters, motorcycles, bullcatcher jeeps, horses, ropes, and knives to win Stilwater Station back from the wild.

    A deeply poetic inquiry into our desire to make order where we find wildness, Stilwater: Finding Mercy in the Outback suffuses us with salt and scrub and blood, blurring the line between domestic and feral in wondrous, unsettling ways. This is a whirlwind of men, women, cattle, horses, machines and landscape in collaborative evolution, all becoming different manifestations of the same entity--the Australian Wild.
    Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the Fbi, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty
    Bloodlines
    The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the Fbi, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty
    Hardcover      ISBN: 006244848x

    The riveting and suspenseful account of two young FBI agents in a pursuit of a drug cartel's most fearsome leader, Miguel Trevi o

    Drugs, money, cartels: this is what FBI rookie Scott Lawson expected when he was sent to the border town of Laredo, but instead he's deskbound writing intelligence reports about the drug war. Then, one day, Lawson is asked to check out an anonymous tip: a horse was sold at an Oklahoma auction house for a record-topping price, and the buyer was Miguel Trevi o, one of the leaders of the Zetas, Mexico's most brutal drug cartel. The source suggested that Trevi o was laundering money through American quarter horse racing. If this was true, it offered a rookie like Lawson the perfect opportunity to infiltrate the cartel. Lawson teams up with a more experienced agent, Alma Perez, and, taking on impossible odds, sets out to take down one of the world's most fearsome drug lords.

    In Bloodlines, Emmy and National Magazine Award-winning journalist Melissa del Bosque follows Lawson and Perez's harrowing attempt to dismantle a cartel leader's American racing dynasty built on extortion and blood money.

    With extensive access to investigative evidence and in-depth interviews with key players, del Bosque turns more than three years of research and her decades of reporting on Mexico and the border into a gripping narrative about greed and corruption. Bloodlines offers us an unprecedented look at the inner workings of the Zetas and US federal agencies, and opens a new vista onto the changing nature of the drug war and its global expansion.

    --Ginger Thompson, Senior Reporter, ProPublica