There are very few books which, from the perspective of both a veterinary surgeon and a horse owner, I would recommend without reservation: this is one of them. If every horse owner in the country read this, understood it and took the time to look at their horse, assess it in the ways described and then to do the groundwork, touch and ridden exercises, the horse world would be transformed.
Fisher is a clear thinking, humane individual who takes a genuinely holistic approach to the horse. The book is divided into sections describing the basics of 'body talk', then methods by which to assess the horse - these ar enot complicated, anyone can do them - and then exercises to address what is found. Throughout, the text is structured and concise, and there are sufficient real-life anecdotes to give a very clear concept of what can be done with time, patience and a willingness to let go of the old adversarial strategies with which man (and woman) has generally approached the horse. If that alone sticks in the mind of the reader: that a horse which is 'misbehaving' is generally in pain or has failed to understand the question, then this book will be worth it. Read it if you have a horse, if you're thinking of buying a horse or if you work with horses in any professional capacity. It could change your life for the better.
This book has been stood on my bookshelf unread for about 12 months and due to recent problems with my own horse I decided to give it a go and since then I havent looked back and have now booked an assesement for my horse with Sarah Fisher.
The illustrations are perfect and the advice is easy to follow and understand. It is a very good reference book that should be on every good horse owners bookshelf.
I have to say that I actually own one of the horses Sarah Fisher worked with over 10 years ago in Cyprus and was totally amazed at the difference between what she was then and what she is now. Sarah's techniques provided foundations to change our pony from a 'rabid' animal which was feared by everyone and destined to be put to sleep, into a competitive, forward going, all-round champion pony, which is what she is today at age 12. Sarah transformed Rock Angel life which over time changed ours, I will always be thankful to her for giving this pony a chance at life and providing unforgettable years for my daughter. This book can help us to understand our pony on a far deeper level.