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The Original Horse Bible: The Definitive Source for All Things Horse

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ISBN13: 9781933958750
ISBN10: 1933958758
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The most comprehensive single volume dedicated to horses, The Original Horse Bible is a celebration of the long relationship that humans and horses enjoy, written by two highly regarded horsewomen, the late Moira C. Allen and Sharon Biggs. This 480-page volume, elaborately illustrated by world-renowned horse photographer Bob Langrish, is divided into eleven sections, covering topics that span the world of horses, from evolution and domestication to horse riding, training, competitions and more.

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 horses 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 horses anatomy, hoof care, and winter wear. A complete chapter is dedicated to battling parasites and pests and avoiding poisonous plants in the horses 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.

Section 10: “Breeding Mares and Raising Foals” offers a complete overview of the reproduction of horses, with details on choosing a stallion, live cover versus artificial insemination, pregnancy, delivery, and care, imprinting, and handling of the young. Section 11: “The Senior Horse” discusses the horses golden years, signs of aging, nutrition and care, retirement from activities, and general care for aging animals. Horse owners will find symptoms and treatment for sixteen of the most common equine aliments (found in the appendix) to be of great utility, as are the resource section and complete index at the end of the volume.

Synopsis:

The Original Horse Bible contains everything a horse owner would want or need to know about horses, their care, and their activities. It will be the most comprehensive horse reference tool available. It will contain topics such as horse keeping, horse safety, dressage, Western riding, English riding, jumping, veterinary care, histories on the many breeds of horses, and much, much, more. The Original Horse Bible will be the one-stop information source — every horse owner should have one!

About the Author

Moira C. Reeve is the former editor of Horse Illustrated magazine. She is a life-long equestrienne, first learning the ropes of western riding, then switching over to hunt-seat. She rode in the hunter division as a junior rider and then progressed to dressage. As an adult, she has competed in dressage, hunter, and equitation and now enjoys show jumping. She has written two other books on horses. She lives in Long Beach, California

Award-winning writer Sharon Biggs has written for Horse Illustrated, Dressage and CT, Horses USA, Chronicle of the Horse, Veterinary Practice News and Dressage Today. In the United Kingdom she wrote for Horse magazine and Horse and Hound online. She lived for six years in the Southeast of England with her husband Mark, a London mounted police officer. She is also a dressage trainer and riding instructor and was one of the Civil Service Club instructors at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace in London. She is the author of In One Arena: Top Dressage Experts Share their Knowledge through the Levels (Half Halt Press). She and her husband Mark now live on their organic hobby farm in Northwest Indiana.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Section 1 History, Physiology, and Behavior

Chapter 1 The History of the Horse

Chapter 2 Equine Physiology and Behavior

Section 2: Breeds/Types

Chapter 3 Breeds vs. Type

Chapter 4 The Breeds

Section 3: Activities with Horses

Chapter 5 English Competition

Chapter 6 Western Competition

Chapter 7 Rodeo

Chapter 8 Other Activities

Section 4: A New Horse

Chapter 9 Choosing the Right Horse

Chapter 10 Choosing the Right Equipment

Section 5: Horsekeeping

Chapter 11 Stabling

Chapter 12 Feeding

Chapter 13 Basic Care

Section 6: Riding

Chapter 14 Riding Basics

Chapter 15 English Riding

Chapter 16 Western Riding

Chapter 17 Safety and Fitness

Section 7: Competition

Chapter 18 Types of Competitions and Shows

Chapter 19 Rider Preparation

Chapter 20 Horse Preparation

Chapter 21 Showmanship and Judging

Section 8: Training

Chapter 22 Philosophy of Training

Chapter 23 The Lessons

Chapter 24 Problems and Solutions

Section 9: Exploring Natural Horsemanship

Chapter 25 Philosophy of Natural Horsemanship

Chapter 26 The Lessons

Chapter 27 Problems and Solutions

Section 10: Health

Chapter 28 Signs of Health

Chapter 29 Injury and First Aid

Chapter 30 Illnesses and Diseases

Chapter 31 Lameness

Chapter 32 Alternative Care

Section 11: Mare and Foal Care

Chapter 33 Breeding

Chapter 33 Pregnancy

Chapter 34 Special Housing

Chapter 35 Foaling

Chapter 36 Foal, Weanling, and Yearling Care

Section 12: Senior Horse

Chapter 37 Special Considerations and Ailments

Chapter 38 Retirement and End of Life

Chapter 39 Honoring Your Equines Life

Appendices

Glossaries

Resources

Index

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Sid5, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Sid5)
I own a lot of books on horses. But this is one of the best book I have ever read on horses. I would love to have this book in my library.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781933958750
Author:
Harris, Moira C
Publisher:
BowTie Press
Author:
Reeve, Moira C.
Author:
Harris, Moira C.
Author:
Biggs, Sharon
Subject:
Horses - Care
Subject:
Horses - General
Subject:
Pets-Horses Care
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
500 color photos, 15 color illustrations
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9.5 x 7.5 x 1.38 in

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The Original Horse Bible contains everything a horse owner would want or need to know about horses, their care, and their activities. It will be the most comprehensive horse reference tool available. It will contain topics such as horse keeping, horse safety, dressage, Western riding, English riding, jumping, veterinary care, histories on the many breeds of horses, and much, much, more. The Original Horse Bible will be the one-stop information source — every horse owner should have one!

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