Horses for Dummies Author:Janice Posnikoff DVM, Audrey Pavia Horses are amazing, incredible creatures. They're as breathtakingly beautiful as they are powerful and fast. They're wild in their souls, yet they gladly give us their hearts. Horses offer people beauty, a connection to nature, and a quiet and dignified companionship that no other animal can provide in the same way. — Whether you're c... more »ontemplating riding a horse for the first time in your life or wondering how to care for your first horse, this book will be a great help to you. Even experienced riders benefit from the in-depth coverage on riding styles and the wide variety of competitive disciplines.
Horses For Dummies can help you understand the horse and how it functions, both physically and mentally. When you know how to communicate what you want to a horse, he'll do your bidding. You also find out how to care for this amazing creature and to ride with ease.
To fit in with the horsey crowd, you find out all about the following and more:
The parts of a horse and distinctive markings, such as a star and blaze How the horse sees the world - and humankind
Whether horse ownership is really for you at this time in your life, or whether leasing or taking lessons are better options
Choosing a horse based on breed, age, or gender
Types of horse equipment: Tack, grooming supplies, and riding apparel
Recognizing common health problems
Brushing up on grooming skills
Handling your horse while you are on the ground or in the saddle
The best ways to mount and dismount, and how to hold the reins
The basics of the different riding disciplines
If you want to achieve a profound bond with your horse, always put yourself in your horse's place and try to comprehend the equine experience. Not only will you come to understand and appreciate your horse, but your horse will come to view you as a protector -- and will ultimately grow to trust you with his very life.« less