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Horses for dummies
Pavia, Audrey.
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Publication Information:
Foster City, CA : IDG Books Worldwide, [1999]

Physical Description:
xx, 362 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
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Includes index.
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Horses are amazing, incredible creatures. They're as breathtakingly beautiful as they are powerful and fast. They're wild in their souls, yet they gladly give us their hearts. Horses offer people beauty, a connection to nature, and a quiet and dignified companionship that no other animal can provide in the same way.

Whether you're contemplating riding a horse for the first time in your life or wondering how to care for your first horse, this book will be a great help to you. Even experienced riders benefit from the in-depth coverage on riding styles and the wide variety of competitive disciplines.

Horses For Dummies can help you understand the horse and how it functions, both physically and mentally. When you know how to communicate what you want to a horse, he'll do your bidding. You also find out how to care for this amazing creature and to ride with ease.

To fit in with the horsey crowd, you find out all about the following and more:

The parts of a horse and distinctive markings, such as a star and blaze How the horse sees the world - and humankind Whether horse ownership is really for you at this time in your life, or whether leasing or taking lessons are better options Choosing a horse based on breed, age, or gender Types of horse equipment: Tack, grooming supplies, and riding apparel Recognizing common health problems Brushing up on grooming skills Handling your horse while you are on the ground or in the saddle The best ways to mount and dismount, and how to hold the reins The basics of the different riding disciplines Safety issues

If you want to achieve a profound bond with your horse, always put yourself in your horse's place and try to comprehend the equine experience. Not only will you come to understand and appreciate your horse, but your horse will come to view you as a protector - and will ultimately grow to trust you with his very life.

Author Notes

Audrey Pavia is Book Review Editor at Horse Illustrated magazine and the author of three books about horses.

Janice Posnikoff, DVM, is an equine veterinarian who cowrites the "Vet on Call" in Horse Illustrated.

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Library Journal Review

Horse lovers will flock to this volume, which is chock full of down-to-earth, practical advice. While much of the information would be useful to anyone involved with horses, this book is really for the prospective horse owner who is just starting out. The novice will find the book easy to use, as each chapter stands on its own as a source of information about a specific aspect of horse ownership. Users can refer to the topic they need, and important sections are marked with icons indicating "Tip," "Warning," and "Remember." There is even an indicator for "technical stuff" that the beginner may not need to know. The book's coauthors are a veterinarian and an editor of an equine magazine, respectively, and both are well versed in the intricacies of horse ownership. They are careful to point out matters of protocol, those things that are always done a certain way in the horse world, though often for no apparent reason. A worthwhile purchase for public libraries.ÄDeborah Emerson, Monroe Community Coll., Rochester, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Part I A Horse, of Course!
Chapter 1 The Essence of Horseness
Chapter 2 Understanding Your Horse
Part II Choosing a Horse
Chapter 3 Before You Buy
Chapter 4 Breeds of Horses (The Big Ten and Beyond)
Chapter 5 Ponying Up for a Horse
Part III Stuff You're Gonna Need
Chapter 6 From Bridles to Grooming: Horse Equipment
Chapter 7 A Stable Environment: Housing for Your Horse
Part IV Caring for Your Horse
Chapter 8 The Daily Routine
Chapter 9 Brushing Up on Grooming Skills
Chapter 10 Keeping Your Horse Healthy
Chapter 11 The Most Common Health Problems
Chapter 12 Options for Old Faithful
Part V Horsin' Around
Chapter 13 Handling Your Horse When You're On the Ground
Chapter 14 Choosing a Riding Style
Chapter 15 Preparing to Ride
Chapter 16 Handling Your Horse in the Saddle
Chapter 17 Keeping Things Safe
Chapter 18 Getting Competitive
Chapter 19 Just for Fun
Part VI The Part of Tens
Chapter 20 Ten Horse Tales - Debunked!
Chapter 21 Ten Great Horse Vacations
Part VII Appendixes
Appendix A Glossary of Equine Terms
Appendix B Equine Resources