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Horse Behavior Problem Solver: Your Questions Answered about How Horses Think, Learn, and Reactby Jessica Jahiel
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What can be done with a horse that's hard to bridle, won't stand for a new farrier, or kicks while being ridden? Why would a sweet horse suddenly turn mean? How can an owner calm a horse that becomes a nervous wreck at shows? And what should be done if a gelding attacks a mare?
Anyone who has spent much time around horses knows that horses can be shy, frightened, anxious, uncooperative, and even aggressive. But that does not mean that the horse owner should accept unwanted behavior. In The Horse Behavior Problem Solver, equine behavior expert Jessica Jahiel offers proven solutions to common horse behavior problems.
Jahiel explains how a horse thinks, how it learns, and why it acts the way it does. She identifies the types of bad habits that are the result of the horse being mishandled by humans. And she helps owners and riders understand that what may look like bad behavior to a human is actually, from the horse's point of view, a perfectly reasonable response. The trick is for the human to realize which behaviors are instinctive and which are learned. At the same time, people need to learn what can be done to prevent bad habits from forming and how to discourage or eliminate a horse's existing patterns of unwanted behavior.
For this eminently readable handbook, Jahiel has adopted a friendly question-and-answer format. Each question includes a detailed real-life case study. The author then identifies the source of the trouble and offers the owner or rider practical, proven techniques that can help solve the problem.
This book is truly comprehensive. First, Jahiel explains how to establish a healthy human-horse relationship. Then, she moves on to the problems, ranging from horses that don't like to be groomed or handled, to horses that regard a visit from the vet as a traumatic experience. And because the situations presented in this book are common to all horses and horselovers, Jahiel's advice is applicable to every breed of horse, and to Western as well as English riders.
Horses have a language and a logic all their own, but humans can learn to understand what they are saying. Using a question-and-answer format and drawing on real-life case studies, equine behavior expert Jessica Jahiel, Ph.D., explains how a horse thinks and learns, why it acts as it does, and how you should respond.
Here are answers to 101 common horse behavior problems including:
* How to handle a frightened or untrained horse
* How to help a horse that is head-shy, afraid of the vet, or unwilling to stand for the farrier
* What to do with a horse that kicks, rears, bucks, or bites
* How to help older horses get rid of bad habits and keep young ones from developing them
What can be done with a horse that's hard to bridle, won't stand for a new farrier, or kicks while being ridden? Why would a sweet horse suddenly turn mean? How can an owner calm a horse that becomes a nervous wreck at shows? What should be done if a gelding attacks a mare? In The Horse Behavior Problem Solver, equine behavior expert Jessica Jahiel offers proven solutions to these and other common horse behavior problems.
This comprehensive handbook uses a friendly question-and-answer format. Each question includes a detailed real-life case study. The author identifies the source of the trouble and offers practical, proven techniques that can help solve the problem. The situations presented are common to all horses and horse lovers, and Jahiel's advice is applicable to every breed of horse and to both Western and English riders.
About the Author
Jessica Jahiel is an internationally renowned lecturer, clinician, and award-winning author who answers equine-related questions in her online newsletter, Horse-Sense. She also responds to questions about horse behavior, riding matters, and anything else readers want to discuss in Horse & Rider, Equus, and Dressage Today, as well as in her best-selling books The Horse Behavior Problem Solver and The Rider's Problem Solver. Jahiel lives in Illinois.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Moira C. Harris
Part 1 - On the Ground
1. Humans and Horses
2. Catching and Leading
3. Grooming and Handling
5. Vet and Farrier Visits
6. Tacking Up
Part 2 - Under Saddle
7. Moving While the Rider Mounts
8. On the Trail
9. Shying and Spooking
10. Herd-Bound, Barn-Sour
11. Napping and Bolting
12. Bucking and Rearing
Part 3 - At Home
13. In the Stall
14. In the Stall: Boredom Breeds Vice
15. Tying and Cross-tying
16. Herd Behavior and Turnout
17. Mares and Foals
Part 4 - Away from Home
20. Trailers: Getting in, Staying in, Getting out
21. At the Show or Clinic
22. Moving to a New Home
23. There's Always More to Learn
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