- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: David & Charles Publishers (25 April 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0715324969
- ISBN-13: 978-0715324967
- Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 19.8 x 1.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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BHS Book of the Natural Horse Hardcover – 25 Apr 2008
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Review from Yorkshire Post - A new book produced under the aegis of the British Horse Society really does look to have best-seller potential. Deserving of a place on any equine bookshelf. Something for everyone with sensible suggestions and advise for new and old horse owners alike. --Yorkshire Post
"…this book will show you practical ways to communicate more effectively with your horse to get better results and form a closer bond." --Scottish and Northern Equestrian
About the Author
Sarah Widdicombe's equestrian experience includes preparing horses for the Horse of the Year show and qualifying as a Monty Roberts' Recommended Associate, she is also the author of Horse Bits & Pieces (David & Charles, 2006). The British Horse Society is the leading organisation for the promotion of horse riding and care in the UK, and is recognised worldwide.
Top Customer Reviews
This is an ideal manual for any new horse owner or anyone wanting to understand their horse a little better- it covers the nature of horses as animals in terms of evolution, physiology and how they live in natural conditions then goes on to discuss how we keep them and finally training and riding. Each section is a solid balance of well researched content and accessibility with interesting and relevant photographs and illustrations and boxouts and side panels covering relevant topics.
The first section on Horse physiology and psychology reminded me of Lucy Rees' classic The Horse's Mind, taking a lot of science and making it readable and accessible, using photo sequences to illustrate different types of body language, elements of physiology and one particularly memorable picture showing the horse's field of view.
In the section on keeping horses I really like the way that it doesn't tell the reader what to do. On topics such as stabling and keeping the horse barefoot it just gives you the facts and shows both sides of the argument so that you can make your own informed decision. It's nice to read a book that credits the reader with the intelligence to choose for themselves on these issues.Read more ›
So I am delighted to see that not only have the BHS moved to plug this gap, but they have produced the most outstanding manual I have yet seen on the subject. Lots of clear pictures and examples supported by bullet-pointed key points, make this an easy read.
It covers both a good understanding of the way horses behave together with examples of why problems can occur and how you can overcome them. It's not a "training programme" like some of those mentioned above, but it is a book I would heartily recommend for anyone who loves horses and wants to improve their own ability to understand them and move around and handle them in a way which gets the best from them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The information in the book is very good but the print is so small you need a magnifying glass to read it comfortablyPublished 16 months ago by Jennifer F.