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Be With Your Horse: Getting to the Heart of Horsemanship

By Tom Widdicombe
Copyright 2005
ISBN: 0715320203
F+W Publications Inc.   
4700 East Galbraith Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45236
800-289-0963
www.davidandcharles.co.uk
Paperback 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”,  192 pages
Approx. $19.99 US

What do you want from your horse? Do you like your horse? This and many other important questions are discussed in this horsemanship guide that shows you how to build that harmonious partnership with your horse. Through the stories in this book, Widdington points out the many small details of daily interaction where one can gain or lose the horse's attention, and shows that a method is less what the horse is looking for in his leader than a way of being. An excellent and helpful read.

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Horse Watch

By Marthe Kiley-Worthington
Copyright 2005
ISBN: 0 85131 888 6
J.A. Allen
Clerkenwell House
Clerkenwell Green
London EC1R 0HT
Hard cover, 8" x 10", 458 pages
Approx. $45 US

In Horse Watch, What it is to be an Equine, Marthe Kiley-Worthington reports on 30 years of rigorous study of psychology and herd behavior of three generations of horses in the herd at her stud farm (UK and France). Her experiments and thinking are far-reaching and enlightening. This is by far the best book over the years on how the horse's mind works and what they are capable of - a lot more than they are given credit for by academia. For people who like to explore the equine mind, she will give the reader a ton of new ideas to think about, and ways to set up situations where one can do his own observations and add to what is known. This is a big book packed with big information about the horse - a must have book.

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Naked Liberty

By Carolyn Resnick
Copyright 2005
ISBN: 0-9658533-4-9
Amigo Publications Inc
P O Box 666
Los Olivos CA 93441
Paperback 6" x 9",  260 pages
Approx. $29.95 US

Carolyn's childhood was unique in that her life was steeped in nature and horses - including wild horses, from whom she learned a lifetime of lessons and insights. Learning from the horse's perspective, by observing, she gained acceptance and membership into a wild herd as another horse would. Not just witnessing, but living, their ways, she acquired insights few people have known, and she shares them in this amazing, enlightening, and refreshingly informative book. She shares a world of knowledge, through her very interesting and unique stories, why leadership is an earned position rather than a dominant one, how horses are different from each other, how they work together (lessons for humans too!), how they come to bond and trust, and much more. This delightful book is a must have, for everyone.

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Horsemanship Through Life

By Mark Rashid
Copyright 2005
ISBN: 1-55566-364-8
Johnson Books
3005 Center Green Drive, Suite 220
Boulder CO 80301
www.johnsonbooks .com
Paperback 6 " x 9",  200 pages
Approx. $17.50 US

Mark Rashid, noticing his growth in horsemanship had hit a stuck place, took up the study of aikido, a martial art where you “go with” your attacker with the goal of a peaceful outcome. Combining principles of aikido and some boyhood experiences working with horses with “the old man” (familiar to readers of Mark’s other books), Mark worked his way out of his stuck place to a new level of horsemanship. This is a man (and a book) with integrity. Mark confirms something many of us are also learning: Though we may have only half an hour to spend with our horse, we can be “practicing horsemanship” through the way we live the other 23-1/2 hours, to the great benefit of our actual horse time. Excellent and thought-provoking.

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Become Perfect Partners

By Kelly Marks
© 2005
ISBN: 978-1-57076-321-2
Trafalgar Square Publishing
North Pomfret, VT 05053
800-423-4525
www.horseandriderbooks.com
www.intelligenthorsemanship.co.uk
Hardcover 7-3/4" x 10",  224 pages
Approx. $29.95 US

As a follow up to Teach Your Horse Perfect Manners, this book is designed to help one find the missing link in the quest for the perfect partnership, by discovering, as a big part of that, how one can become the perfect person. Kelly explains that good horsemanship is about feel and timing, which CAN be learned and acquired, through the various mental and physical exercises she takes the reader through. Her sense of humor and warm enthusiasm encourage the reader to put the intelligence back into horsemanship, to achieve the perfect horse-human relationship.

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Horses Talking

By Margrit Coates
© 2005
ISBN: 1-8441-3109-2
Trafalgar Square Publishing
North Pomfret, VT 05053
800-423-4525
www.horseandriderbooks.com
Paperback 7-1/2" x 9-1/2",  176 pages
Approx. $24.95 US

Horses bring healing messages and offer never-ending opportunities for learning and experience, and words are not necessary for this exchange. This fascinating sequel to "Healing for Horses" informs, enlightens, entertains, guides, and encourages the reader to share the healing messages with the horses in her life, to help us understand ourselves and others. Margrit presents helpful information throughout including all the senses a horse has, and outlines how to communicate in a way that is not just about what the human wants to say or hear - but rather how to engage in successful horse talk. A lovely, helpful book and interesting read.

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Sports Massage for Horses

By Pennie Hooper
Copyright 2005
ISBN: 98-1-57076-325-0
Trafalgar Square Publishing
North Pomfret, VT 05053
800-423-4525
www.horseandriderbooks.com
Hardcover 8-3/4" x 11",  60 pages
Approx. $24.95 US

Horses are by nature masters of deception to hide weaknesses from predators, so it isn't easy to detect little problems until they become worse - such as an imbalanced way of going, or mentally non-responsive or non-compliant. This book will help the reader understand the horse and his natural athleticism, his muscular makeup, and lots more. Easy to understand, guides the reader through doing massage (and when not to), and has nice color photos and graphics that clearly demonstrate basic sports massage techniques, muscle by muscle. This book is an easy-to-read and easy-to-follow guide that enables the reader to naturally contribute to her horse's health and well-being.

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The Click That Teaches:
Riding With the Clicker

By Alexandra Kurland
Copyright 2005
ISBN 0-9704065-1-7
The Clicker Center LLC
110 Salisbury Road
Delmar NY 12054
www.theclickercenter.com
Soft cover, 236 pages, 8 1/2 x 11
Approx. $50 US

This is a huge book that is worth every penny. Building on her previous book Clicker Training for Your Horse, Alexandra Kurland shows how to build a safe, eager riding horse. Then, for those who want self-carriage so their horses can be sound for a long riding life, she explains how to teach self-carriage (dressage) by a non-traditional route, using clicker training combined with single rein riding. She "chunks down" training ideas that are traditionally presented to the horse too much all at once, so that rider and horse can really understand the pieces that go together to make the high school movements. This book brings together and makes possible all you have hoped for over the years, for your horse. Great use of photos and sidebars, written by a master teacher.

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Flying Changes

By Sara Gruen
Copyright 2005
ISBN: 978-0-06-079095-0
HarperTorch
10 East 53rd St
Newy York, New York 10022
Paperback 4" x 6-3/4",  371 pages
Approx. $6.99 US

As a sequel to Riding Lessons, this mystery novel takes the reader through even more adventure and suspense, humor and heartbreak, and family intricacies, involving horses. Real cases are inserted into this story, exposing harsh realities (and heartwarming rescues) of the horse world that often go unnoticed. This is an exciting, true-to-horse-life story that will keep you guessing - you won't want to put it down.

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Shoeless not Clueless:
The Story of Regulus

By Robyn La Pierre
Illustrated By Sonja Rhodes
© 2005
ISBN: 0-9748585-2-8
Naked Greyhound Press
73 Green Tree Drive #79
Dover, DE 19904
410-937-6610
www.equinepodiatry.net
Hardcover 8-3/4" x 11-1/4",  82 pages
Approx. $19.95 US

This children's storybook is based on a real island stallion, Regulus. It tells a tale of how he comes to live with a family, their farm animals, and what they learn from him about hooves and shoes and responsible care. While a fun story, this adorable book is also informative. Nice, colorfully illustrated storybook for any age horse lover to read, or hear.

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You're Different and That's Super

By Carson Kressley
Illustrated by Jared Lee
© 2005
ISBN: 978-1-4169-0070-2
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
1230 Avenue of Americas
New York, New York 10020
Hardcover 6-3/4" x 6-3/4"
Approx. $12.95 US

This is a short and interesting tale of a unique horse, whose difference from the others eventually becomes known to everyone, changing their friendship… until the power of his uniqueness is realized by everyone, including him. A very cute little storybook that bears a meaningful message.

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