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Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage: Facilities Design and Management
Synopses & Reviews
Effective management requires knowledge, dedication, and a sincere interest in the well-being of horses. In this thoroughly updated second edition of her best-selling classic, Cherry Hill explains how to be a responsible steward of the land while providing horses with the best care possible. Drawing on decades of personal experience and recommendations from hands-on Extension agents throughout North America, Hill provides detailed, practical information designed to help readers develop and refine their “horsekeeping consciousness.”
A thorough understanding of horses is critical to good horsekeeping, so Hill begins by explaining the behavior and the physical and emotional needs of the horse. She encourages readers to choose a management method that fits their lifestyle and locale. She then explains how to maximize efficiency through careful planning of facilities and implementation of diligent management routines that keep horses happy, healthy, and safe.
Well-organized and generously illustrated with color photographs and instructive plan drawings, Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage is packed with information that horse owners need. Acreage selection, layout design, and checklists for daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal management routines are just a few of the essential topics covered in this invaluable reference.
The Essential Handbook for Every Horse Owner
Effective management requires knowledge, dedication, and a sincere interest in the well-being of horses. In this thoroughly updated edition of her best-selling classic, Cherry Hill teaches you how to be a responsible steward of the land and refine your "horsekeeping consciousness" while providing horses with the best care possible.
A thorough understanding of horses is critical to good horsekeeping. Hill explains the behavior and needs of the horse, then helps you choose a management method that fits your lifestyle and locale. Read this book, and learn how to maximize your horsekeeping effectiveness with careful planning of facilities and diligent management routines that will keep horses happy, healthy, and safe.
Generously illustrated with photographs and instructive plan drawings, this new edition features expanded coverage of environmentally responsible management methods, acreage selection, plot layouts and barn designs, fencing options, pasture management, and useful checklists.
One of the most gratifying aspects of owning horses is providing them with topnotch care. In Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage: Facilities Design and Management, author Cherry Hill draws on her more than fifteen years' experience as a horse trainer and manager to discuss the essentials for designing safe and functional facilities. Her advice applies whether you have one acre or one hundred.
Hill stresses the importance of considering the behavior, needs, and safety of horses in the planning of horse facilities. She describes the entire process: acreage selection; layout design; barn construction; including utilities, stalls, and tack room; feed storage; fencing; the selection of heavy equipment such as trailers and tractors; and much more. In addition, Hill outlines practical procedures for fulfilling the annual, seasonal, monthly, weekly, and daily needs of the horses as well as caring for pastures, carrying out good sanitation practices, and recordkeeping.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-170) and index.
About the Author
Cherry Hill is an internationally known instructor, horse-trainer, breeder, and judge for several national breed organizations. She has taught university-level courses in horse management and training in the United States and Canada. Cherry has also written over 500 articles for-numerous horse publications and gives seminars for horsemen and writers. Cherry is the author of a plethora of books helpful in the horse world, including 101 Arena Exercises--for which she received the Colorado Authors' League Top Hand Award for Specialty Writing in 1996. Her other Storey titles include 101 Horsemanship &Equitation Patterns, From the Center of the Ring, Horse Handling and Grooming, Horse Health Care, and Your Pony, Your Horse. One of Cherry's most recent books is Stablekeeping, a guide to creating a safe, healthy and efficient living environment for your horse. She has also written Trailering Your Horse, a helpful book on how to prepare for safe traveling. A concise, talented writer, Cherry has won numerous writing awards--among the most recent include the First Place in Editorial Excellence in Service to the Reader from American Horse Publications in 1993, and the 1994 Journalism Award from The American Farmers Association. Cherry has also authored Storey's popular Arena Pocket Guides, six handy ring-side manuals teaching successive English and Western skills. These series titles are: Beginning English Exercises, Intermediate English Exercises, Advanced English Exercises, Beginning Western Exercises, Intermediate Western Exercises, and Advanced Western Exercises. Cherry rides year-round in the Colorado mountains and in her arena where she enjoys the logical approach to training offered by dressage. She breeds and trains horses at her Colorado ranch with her husband, equestrian illustrator and photographer Richard Klimesh.
Table of Contents
SECTION ONE KNOWING HORSES
Chapter 1 The Benefits and Responsibilities of Horse Ownership
Chapter 2 Horse Behavior as it Relates to Management
Chapter 3 The Needs of a Horse
Chapter 4 Levels of Management
SECTION TWO DESIGNING YOUR ACREAGE
Chapter 5 Choosing an Acreage
Chapter 6 Designing the Layout
Chapter 7 Barn Construction
Chapter 8 Inside the Barn
Chapter 9 Other Buildings
Chapter 10 Machinery and Equipment
Chapter 11 Fencing Your Training and Turn-Out Facilities
SECTION THREE MANAGEMENT
Chapter 12 Pasture and Hay Field Management
Chapter 13 Water
Chapter 14 Sanitation
Chapter 15 Fire Prevention
Chapter 16 Daily Routines and Management Plans
Chapter 17 Record Keeping
SECTION FOUR APPENDIX
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