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BHS Book of the Natural Horse Hardcover – 25 Apr 2008

4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product details

  • 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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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.

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There has been a tendency for people studying "Natural" horsemanship in the UK to think of the BHS as the bad guys, the establishment we are rebelling against and certainly the traditional image of kick-and-pull BHS instructor is not without foundation. I don't know whether it's a mark of change in the organisation that they should produce a book like this, or just an acceptance of the changing market, but either way the outcome is absolutely fantastic.

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.
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For years I have annoyed all my BHS-trained friends by wittering on about Natural and Intelligent Horsemanship and by being very critical of the BHS manuals and their almost total lack of any explanation of a horse's natural behaviour.
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.
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Excellent well written book easy to understand and full of practical helpful content. So many natural horse books out there but this one is one of the best I own. I would really recomend this one and have had a lot of use out of it, have put a lot of advice from this book into practice with my horse and it worked.
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I wanted to read this book and was pleasantly surprised at the good information and the quality of photos to back up the behaviour or the training suggested. It is essential reading on my Applied Equine Behaviour Home Study Course. Sue Gardner
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Excellent book and service. Only complaint ,comment from Author telling me to find someone experienced if my horse broke her lead rope when tied up. Reverted to previous method -strong rope halter and strong post !!
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Great informative with good illustrations, easy to understand, leisure read. Good value for money. Fast service, recommended for all ages
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