Synopses & Reviews
Keeping horses healthy and happy is all about establishing good routines and following the natural cycles of the animals and the land. Nobody knows this better than Cherry Hill, professional horsekeeper, lifelong horse lover, and author of more than 30 books on horses. If it involves horses, Hill knows what to do and when to do it. Her routines — daily, monthly, and seasonal — are the framework for Cherry Hill's Horsekeeping Almanac, a gold mine of knowledge for all horse enthusiasts.
Month by month, Hill touches on every issue likely to affect horses, horse farms, and the people who care for them both. Each month opens with a brief description of what's happening on the farm, followed by notes on specific, month-appropriate topics. May, for example, includes advice on grazing, snakes, composting, bathing and clipping, and fire strips. November features colic, fire ants, winter water, dry shampoo, and outdoor horse clothing.
Every month includes recurring reminders, to-do lists, reference charts, climate notes, equine wit and wisdom, a word of the month, and an "Ask Cherry" section featuring seasonally relevant excerpts from her newsletter — all the fascinating tidbits, lore, and handed-down insights that make almanacs so fascinating. Tying everything together is Cherry Hill's trusted voice and deep-seated knowledge of horses.
This is a book readers will keep on hand to welcome each new season on the farm. Horsekeepers will browse it frequently, use it as a reference in times of doubt, keep reminders in it, and come back to it year after year — a reminder of their own horsekeeping seasons. It will become, in Cherry Hill's words, a Horsekeeping Master Plan.
The Best Horse Reference Ever!
Packed cover to cover with wisdom and advice, this comprehensive book from America's horsekeeping authority guides you through each month and season of the year with topics including:
Weather logs - Vital signs - Good manners for the farrier - Cold weather feeding - Shelter design - Leather care - Tax review - Stall kicking - Hoof inspection - Spaying - Clipping
Immunizations - Halter fitting - Foal expenses - Skin ailments - Mowers - Lightning precautions - Vehicle maintenance - Horse buyer's tips - Hay inventory - Pasture priorities
Extreme head - Laminitis - West Nile virus - Gnats and midges - Rotational grazing - Saddling review - Arena design - Vices and bad habits - Road-riding safely - Hay storage - Lost shoes
Hoof pads - Winter weight gain - Dry shampoo - Senior diets - Bedding - Branding - Pasture harrows - Winter blankets - Colic prevention - Stall fresheners - Horse insurance - Weaning
Special monthly features include Vet Clinic, The Feed Bag, Beauty Shop, Reproduction Roundup, Ranch Recipes, and much, much more.
About the Author
Cherry Hill is an internationally known instructor and horse trainer and has written numerous books, including 101 Arena Exercises, Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, How to Think Like a Horse, What Every Horse Should Know, Horse Care for Kids, Becoming an Effective Rider, Horse Handling and Grooming, Horse Health Care, Stablekeeping, Trailering Your Horse, Horse Hoof Care, 101 Horsemanship & Equitation Patterns, Equipping Your Horse Farm,
and Cherry Hill's Horsekeeping Almanac.
Hill is also the author of Storey's popular Arena Pocket Guides, six handy ringside manuals titled Beginning English Exercises, Intermediate English Exercises, Advanced English Exercises, Beginning Western Exercises, Intermediate Western Exercises,
and Advanced Western Exercises.