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Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies

By Ginger Kathrens

© 2001 Bowtie Press, Ginger Kathrens (photos), Michele Lanci-Altomare (design)
ISBN 1-889540-70-6
Published by Bowtie Press
3 Burroughs
Irvine , CA 92618
www.bowtiepress.com
Hardcover, 9.25" x 11.25”, 160 pages
Approx. $25 US

 

A companion book to the program seen on public television's NATURE series, this book contains story highlights and beautiful full-color photographs of Cloud and the bands seen in the documentary of the same title. Cloud, a light-colored colt, survives the many hardships wild horses face - both natural odds and man-made dangers - and grows up to be a worthy leader of his own family band. The story alone is amazing; the photographs are breathtaking. A must-have for every horse lover, and will look great on any coffee table.


Cloud's Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns

By Ginger Kathrens

© 2003 Bowtie Press; © 2003 Ginger Kathrens (photos, except as noted)
ISBN 1-931993-12-2
Published by Bowtie Press
3 Burroughs
Irvine , CA 92618
www.bowtiepress.com
Hardcover, 9.25" x 11.25”, 160 pages
Approx. $25 US

 

The true story of Cloud is continued in " Cloud's Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns", a companion book to the NATURE series of the same title. Ginger Kathrens shares Cloud's band stallion adventures from the time he first claims his own family band. Well-written, heartwarming, yet painfully realistic, this text reveals the cruelty of roundups and the natural hardships the wild horses endure. The photography is spectacular; the stories unforgettable.


Wild Horses: Living Symbols of Freedom

By Craig C. Downer

© 1977, Craig C. Downer
Western Printing & Publishing Co.
Copies available from:
Craig C. Downer
PO Box 456
Minden , NV 89423
or
Western Printing & Publishing Co.
1845 Prater Way, PO Box 601
Sparks , NV 89431
Paperback, 5.5” x 8.5”, 72 pages

 

This little paperback, with Foreword by Velma Johnston herself, contains information about the origins of the wild horses, their American presence and temporary absence, and their natural lifestyle – and how the horse, upon whose back man has ridden to conquest over nature, should not be denied a natural place in the world. Along with a message that man could do well by learning from the mustangs and adopt a more natural and truly free life, in harmony with all life, is a wealth of information - about mustangs in general, wild horse life with its hardships and joys, their contributions to and place among the ecosystem, and man’s devastating interference into their lives, lands, and ecology. This book applies as much or more today than it did in 1977. A must-read.


Clinton Anderson's Downunder Horsemanship: Establishing Respect and Control for English and Western Riders

 

 

By Clinton Anderson with Ami Hendrickson

© 2004 Clinton Anderson
ISBN 1-57076-284-8
Trafalgar Square Publishing
Box 257
North Pomfret, VT 05053
800-423-4525
www.horseandriderbooks.com
Hardcover, 9.25" x 10.25”, 200 pages
Approx. $25

 

Understanding why horses do what they do is a necessary prerequisite to training - and the basis for Downunder Horsemanship. In this book, Clinton features real people with real horses and real problems, and presents real solutions. The two women featured are followed through Clinton's step-by-step training approach from problematic start to spectacular 'finish'. Their personal essays present insights about their challenges and breakthroughs, while Clinton provides the 'how to'. Loaded with very helpful photos and excellent, detailed explanations; has Glossary, Resources, and Index.


The Power of Positive Horse Training: Saying Yes to Your Horse

By Sarah Blanchard

© 2005 Sarah Blanchard
ISBN 0-7645-7819
Howell Book House, Wiley Publishing
111 River St .
Hoboken , NJ 07030
800-762-2974
www.wiley.com
Paperback, 6” x 9”, 187 pages
Approx. $20 US

 

Sarah’s book provides a thorough presentation, with text and many b/w photos, a wealth of practical information and insight about positive reinforcement, which is one way of confirming for the horse that the response he gives is what we want. Rather than taking away a discomfort or pressure (which is termed ‘negative reinforcement), positive reinforcement gives a reward to tell the horse, “Yes, that’s the response I want.” This very helpful book shows how, with this approach, horses become much more willing and try harder to be a partner. Part 1 is The Nature of Positive Training; Part 2 is Progressive Exercises. The book applies to beginning training as well as rehabilitating ‘problem’ horses. Contains Glossary, References, Index. Any caring horseperson will LOVE this book.

 


Bodywork for Horses: Techniques You Can Use Yourself

By Susan McBane

© 2005 Susan McBane
ISBN 1-57076-307-0
Trafalgar Square Publishing
Box 257
North Pomfret, VT 05053
800-423-4525
www.horseandriderbooks.com
Paperback, 7.5” x 10”, 176 pages
$27.50 US

 

Massage, stretching, shiatsu, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, magnet therapy, TTEAM, physical therapy, and more are presented in this helpful book. It aims to inform owners and caretakers about basic anatomy and physiology, injury and healing, and management and care techniques that they can readily apply to enhance the well-being of their horses. Packed with horse-friendly information and ideas that are rewarding to apply. Color photos, Resources, Index. Great for any horse caretaker.

 

 

 

Building Your Dream Horse: Charles Wilhelm’s Ultimate Foundation Training

By Charles Wilhelm
With Allison Houston

© 2005 Wiley Publishing
ISBN 0-7645-7915-0
Howell Book House, Wiley Publishing
111 River St .
Hoboken , NJ 07030
800-762-2974
www.wiley.com
Paperback, 6.5” x 10”, 188 pages
Approx. $25 US

 

Communication in a language horses understand is the heart of Charles Wilhelm’s Ultimate Foundation Training. This text aims to help the rider understand the horse and realize that problems are “never, ever the horse’s fault”. Charles provides a wealth of how-to, why-to, and why-not information regarding training horses, including being able to identify the horse’s personality type, emotional level, wants, and needs, and how to be a consistent and effective trainer and rider. B/w photos, Index. A very helpful book for riders and handlers, for any discipline.

 

 

 


Easy-Gaited Horses: Gentle, Humane Methods for Training and Riding Gaited Pleasure Horses

By Lee Ziegler

© 2005 Lee Ziegler
ISBN 1-58017-562-7
Storey Publishing
210 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams , MA 01247
800-441-5700
www.storey.com
Paperback, 8.5” x 11”, 248 pages
Approx. $20 US

 

Lee presents the what, why, and how of easy gaits, gaited horses, their tack and equipment, and some sensible training advice. She suggests many kind ways of finding that special, comfortable way of going that these horses naturally have, without causing pain or resistance from the horse. Lots of b/w photos and diagrams; Resources, Index. Interesting reading; a must-read for those who mistakenly believe gaits are best achieved through pain and force.


Fluid, Painfree Riding: 34 Movement Lessons for Supple, Harmonious Horsemanship

By Rahina Friedman

© 2005 Rahina Sherry Friedman
Published by Rahina Friedman
391 Sedillo Rd.
Tijeras , NM 87059
1easyhorserider@earthlink.net
Softcover spiralbound, 8.5” x 11”, 91 pages
Approx. $20 US

 

Rahina has put together a comprehensive yet easy-to-use program of 34 Feldenkrais® lessons to offer the rider ways to free up body and mind and ride with fluidity. What benefits the rider benefits the horse when it comes to fluid movement and balance. This text contains an introduction to Feldenkrais Method, Functional Integration, and other helpful concepts, along with plenty of sketches and diagrams. This is a delightful and helpful horse-friendly booklet for all riders, regardless of age, level, or riding style.

 

 

After the Finish Line: The Race to End Horse Slaughter in America

 

By Bill Heller

© 2005 Bowtie Press
1-931993-60-2
Published by Bowtie Press
3 Burroughs
Irvine , CA 92618
www.bowtiepress.com
Softcover, 6" x 9", 183 pages
Approx. $17 US

 

After the Finish Line reveals how nearly 50,000 horses are slaughtered each year in America, tells how it could be ended if only Congress would allow passage of a law sitting under them, exposes what groups oppose ending slaughter, and profiles many dedicated and caring people and organizations giving homeless and unwanted horses better options. The deplorable and deadly PMU industry is covered as well.

 

 

 

 

Videos:

Understanding Footfall and Influencing Movement

 

By Mark Rashid

© 2005 Mark Rashid Horse Training, Inc.
Mark Rashid Horse Training, Inc.
PO Box 3241
Estes Park , CO 80517
866-577-9944
www.markrashid.com
90 minutes
Approx. $49 US

 

In this DVD, Mark helps the viewer understand the horse’s foot-fall – timing and placement – to be able to determine when and where each hoof will step. Foot placement is fundamental to riding and training, and the timing of the cues influences foot-fall. Mark explains where the energy behind the horse's movement comes from and how it works. These 'circles of energy' are disrupted by riding incorrectly, by saddles that don't fit, and more. Clear demonstrations and helpful insets show the viewer that understanding and influencing foot-fall can make for a much better ride. Very horse-friendly and professionally produced - a must-see.

 

 

Centered Riding 1&2

 

By Sally Swift

© 2001
ISBN 1-57076-315-1(Part 1)
ISBN 1-57076-316-X (Part 2)
Trafalgar Square Publishing
388 Howe Hill Road
North Pomfret, VT 05053
800-423-4525
www.horseandriderbooks.com
60 minutes
Approx. $40 each US

 

Sally's familiar voice instructs, coaches, and encourages the various riders through the visual imagery that she uses to help riders stretch, balance, focus, and relax. In Part 1, Sally presents the basics of Centered Riding, showing the relationship between the rider and the motion of the horse. In Part 2, her techniques are applied at the sitting trot, circles, canter, lateral work, and jumping. A horse-friendly set of videos, for riders of all ages and disciplines, and a great companion to her book of the same title.

 

 

Anatomy In Motion 1: The Visible Horse

 

By Susan Harris and Peggy Brown

© 2000 Susan Harris and Peggy Brown
ISBN 1-57076-313-5
Trafalgar Square Publishing
388 Howe Hill Road
North Pomfret, VT 05053
800-423-4525
www.horseandriderbooks.com
52 minutes
Approx. $40 US

 

There is no better way to understand how the musculoskeletal system of the horse functions than to see the bones and muscles in action - or at least see a horse with his bones and muscles painted onto his coat, as Susan and Peggy have. The horse has the skeletal system painted on one side and the muscles painted on the other, and he is put through his gaits to simulate their movement. Colored leg wraps and slow motion also show the timing and placement of each foot-fall on a ridden horse. Very informative; cleverly produced.

 



Anatomy In Motion 2: The Visible Rider

 

By Susan Harris and Peggy Brown

© 2000 Susan Harris and Peggy Brown
ISBN 1-57076-313-5
| Trafalgar Square Publishing
388 Howe Hill Road
North Pomfret, VT 05053
800-423-4525
www.horseandriderbooks.com
48 minutes
Approx. $40 US

 

This DVD presents a unique approach to explaining why and how horse and human anatomy interact and influence their athletic ability - the rider wears a skeleton suit. This visible rider demonstrates how the rider’s anatomy works at the different gaits and how one can follow the horse’s movement. Very helpful for understanding the rider's influence on the horse.

 

Equine Massage/Muscle Therapy (Revised edition)

 

By Mike Scott

© 2005 MMT Productions
ISBN 0-9662677-5-3
EMMT Productions
809 Kirkwood Circle
Camden, SC 29020
803-424-1887
www.equinemmt.com
Approx. $40 US

 

 

This updated video, a companion to the book of the same name, includes helpful instruction and information about the basic principles of equine massage and muscle therapy with an adjunct anatomy lesson. Mike, an equine therapist and saddle fitter, explains and demonstrates various massage techniques, strokes and methods of applying them. He explains the importance of safety and correct use of body mechanics. Stretching excercises for the horse are also included. Relaxing to watch; very informative.

 

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