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.
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.
Clearly and usefully set out information guiding owners and carers through important up to date knowledge on horse behaviour, management, welfare and training - applies to all whether a leisure/companion horse owner or competition owner/carer. Lots of case studies and analogies making this a very interesting read also.