Your Healthy & Happy Horse: How to Care for Your Horse & Have Fun Too!

Lesley Ward

Published by BowTie Press, 2003
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Synopsis: An easy-to-read primer for horse selection, care, and training ideal for readers of all ages, Your Happy Healthy Horse covers every topic a new or potential horse owner will need to become his or her horse’s best friend. Author Lesley Ward, an accomplished horse trainer and the editor of Young Rider magazine, has provided an excellent starting point for beginners who are ready to purchase their first horse and take on the responsibility of husbandry and training.

The selection of the most appropriate horse for an individual is key to the new owner’s having a great time with his or her horse, and the opening chapter Finding the Right Horse” discusses all of the necessary considerations (personality, mare or gelding, breed, size, etc.). Acclimating the new horse to a barn and field, possibly with other horses, is the subject of Footloose in the Field.” This chapter discusses field requirements such as fencing, water, and shelter and the everyday and monthly tasks of a horse owner. Health is an important consideration for all keepers, and the chapter Staying Healthy” addresses recognizing a sick horse, first aid, veterinary care, parasites, tooth care, hoof care, and grooming. There is an excellent section on therapies that owners may be interested in exploring, from chiropractics and massage to basic stretches and tail whirls. In the chapter on feeding, the author offers ten essential rules that effectively serve as feeding guidelines for companion horses. She also discusses types of feed and supplements as well as the how to maintain the horse at a healthy weight.

There are three chapters devoted to training and riding the horse, emphasizing the importance of choosing the right (and properly fitting) gear, conditioning the horse, riding lessons, and more. The chapter When Good Horses Go Bad” offers advice on how to avoid and correct common bad habits, including cribbing, weaving, wood chewing, irritability, biting, kicking, bucking, rearing, and bolting. Appendix of useful addresses and glossary included.

From the Inside Flap: This is the ultimate guide to caring for your horse written especially for young equestrians. It's loaded with colorful photos and tips that will help you have the best possible relationship with your equine friend. You'll learn everything you need to know about choosing the right horse or pony for you and how to provide your horse with a happy and healthy life, including:

-when to take your horse to a veterinarian;
-why he cribs, bites, or kicks;
-where to take your horse for walks;
-how to properly clean his stable;
-how to fit a saddle and other tack;
-how to safely introduce your horse to a new field;
-what kinds of games you can play with your horse;
-how to maintain your horse's all-around well-being.
And much more!

If you want to develop a lifelong relationship with your horse, then this is the book for you!

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Publisher: BowTie Press
Publication Date: 2003
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