Synopses & Reviews
Features new full-color photos and online resources
Train, care for, and have fun with your horse
If you're crazy about horses, this hands-on guide is all you need to giddy up and go. Featuring updates on breeds, boarding, nutrition, equipment, training, and riding, as well as new information on various equine conditions, this resource shows you how to keep your horse happy and take your riding skills to the next level.
Discover how to
- Select the right horse for you
- Feed, groom, and handle your horse
- Recognize common horse ailments
- Have fun in the saddle
- Get involved in equestrian competitions
New to this edition is information affecting the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of conditions including West Nile Virus, updates on choosing the perfect horse, breeds, boarding, feeding, nutrition, equipment, insurance, as well as grooming, training, and riding.
* Get involved in equestrian competitions
About the Author
is the former editor of Horse Illustrated
magazine and an awardwinning freelance writer specializing in equine subjects. She has authored articles on various equine topics in a number of horse publications, including Thoroughbred Times, Horses USA, The Western Horse, Appaloosa Journal, Paint Horse Journal, Veterinary Product News,
and USDF Connection
magazines. She has written four horse books besides Horses For Dummies,
including Trail Riding: A Complete Guide
(published by Wiley in 2005).
In addition to her experience as an equine writer, she is also a former managing editor of Dog Fancy magazine and a former senior editor of the American Kennel Club Gazette. She has authored more than 100 articles on the subject of animals and has written several books on various kinds of pets.
Audrey has been involved with horses since the age of 9. She has owned and cared for horses throughout her life, and has trained in both western and English disciplines. She currently resides in Norco, California.
Janice M. Posnikoff, DVM, is a graduate of the Western College of Veterinarian Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. She owns Orange County Equine Veterinary Service, a private veterinary practice in Lake Forest, California; is a contributing author to The Ultimate Horse Care Book; and is a contributing editor to Horse Illustrated magazine. Janice has been around horses all her life, has trained in dressage, and has worked as a groom for both racetracks and training barns.
Table of Contents
Part I: Beginning with Horse Basics.
Chapter 1: Welcome to the World of Horses.
Chapter 2: Understanding Horses from Head to Hoof.
Chapter 3: Perusing Popular Horse Breeds.
Part II: Selecting a Horse and the Stuff that Goes with Him.
Chapter 4: Preparing to Make Your Purchase.
Chapter 5: Making the Big Buy.
Chapter 6: Getting into Gear with Horse Equipment.
Chapter 7: Housing Your Horse Comfortably.
Part III: Taking Care of Your Horse.
Chapter 8: Establishing an Everyday Routine.
Chapter 9: Keeping Your Horse Clean and Pretty.
Chapter 10: Preventing Equine Health Problems.
Chapter 11: Examining and Treating Equine Health Troubles.
Chapter 12: Giving Up Your Horse.
Part IV: Handling Your Horse with Ease.
Chapter 13: Working with Your Horse from the Ground.
Chapter 14: Selecting a Riding Discipline.
Chapter 15: Getting Ready Before You Mount.
Chapter 16: Taking Control in the Saddle.
Chapter 17: Staying Safe on (and around) Your Horse.
Chapter 18: Competing on Horseback.
Chapter 19: Riding for the Fun of It.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Horse Myths.
Chapter 21: Ten Great Movies about Horses.
Appendix: Equine Resources.