I genuinely wish for every single equestrian to read this book. Anyone who works with any animal in fact. It is utterly brilliant and unique in its approach to equestrianism and horse care. It speaks to readers in a down to earth way that is easy to understand and communicates science without being overly complex or condescending. It encouraged me to think in a different way. I think sometimes as equine students or professionals we can have quite a linear view and quickly judge those who keep horses in sub optimal ways. This book focuses on achievable, incremental ways we can improve horse welfare and, most importantly, encourage others to make those improvements. It is truly a breath of fresh air.
It's so much more up to date and more ethical than so many traditional ways of keeping horses in captivity. A wonderful and knowledgable book that carries so many ideas as to ways to improve a horses well being. I read it and wished that it was required reading for anyone that is even thinking about buying horses and also everyone who currently has one, especially anyone with horses kept in stables alone.
I’m a vet student who has just started working with equines again after a long time ‘out of the saddle’. Highly recommend this book to anyone aiming to work more effectively and compassionately with these amazing animals.
I've just read my first chapter from this book and probably the hardest chapter I'll ever read in a book! It was chapter 5 all about caring for the older horse and how to say goodbye. This was the chapter I heard being discussed at the HBCA Conference and why I decided to buy the book.. I've always trained from foals so never had to look after older horses until now. The chapter is empethetically written and factual. I'm glad I've read it and can set about preparing for the dreaded day when I have to say goodbye to mares. The book is highly recommended, it's an easy read, full of real life information with real anecdotes from those who have been through what is being discussed in the book.