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The Original Horse Bible


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Table of Contents

Preface Introduction Section 1 History, Physiology, and Behavior Chapter 1 The History of the Horse Chapter 2 Equine Physiology and Behavior Section 2: Breeds/Types Chapter 3 Breeds vs. Type Chapter 4 The Breeds Section 3: Activities with Horses Chapter 5 English Competition Chapter 6 Western Competition Chapter 7 Rodeo Chapter 8 Other Activities Section 4: A New Horse Chapter 9 Choosing the Right Horse Chapter 10 Choosing the Right Equipment Section 5: Horsekeeping Chapter 11 Stabling Chapter 12 Feeding Chapter 13 Basic Care Section 6: Riding Chapter 14 Riding Basics Chapter 15 English Riding Chapter 16 Western Riding Chapter 17 Safety and Fitness Section 7: Competition Chapter 18 Types of Competitions and Shows Chapter 19 Rider Preparation Chapter 20 Horse Preparation Chapter 21 Showmanship and Judging Section 8: Training Chapter 22 Philosophy of Training Chapter 23 The Lessons Chapter 24 Problems and Solutions Section 9: Exploring Natural Horsemanship Chapter 25 Philosophy of Natural Horsemanship Chapter 26 The Lessons Chapter 27 Problems and Solutions Section 10: Health Chapter 28 Signs of Health Chapter 29 Injury and First Aid Chapter 30 Illnesses and Diseases Chapter 31 Lameness Chapter 32 Alternative Care Section 11: Mare and Foal Care Chapter 33 Breeding Chapter 33 Pregnancy Chapter 34 Special Housing Chapter 35 Foaling Chapter 36 Foal, Weanling, and Yearling Care Section 12: Senior Horse Chapter 37 Special Considerations and Ailments Chapter 38 Retirement and End of Life Chapter 39 Honoring Your Equines Life Appendices Glossaries Resources Index

About the Author

Moira C. Reeve is the former editor of Horse Illustrated magazine. She is a life-long equestrienne, first learning the ropes of western riding, then switching over to hunt-seat. She rode in the hunter division as a junior rider and then progressed to dressage. As an adult, she has competed in dressage, hunter, and equitation and now enjoys show jumping. She has written two other books on horses. She lives in Long Beach, California Award-winning writer Sharon Biggs has written for Horse Illustrated, Dressage and CT, Horses USA, Chronicle of the Horse, Veterinary Practice News and Dressage Today. In the United Kingdom she wrote for Horse magazine and Horse and Hound online. She lived for six years in the Southeast of England with her husband Mark, a London mounted police officer. She is also a dressage trainer and riding instructor and was one of the Civil Service Club instructors at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace in London. She is the author of In One Arena: Top Dressage Experts Share their Knowledge through the Levels (Half Halt Press). She and her husband Mark now live on their organic hobby farm in Northwest Indiana.


"Finally, a book that covers, in plain English, from A-Z, all the essential information an equestrian or budding equestrian needs." - Jerry Mayo, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, riding instructor "The Original Horse Bible is a comprehensive and easy-to-read guide for horsepeople of all experience levels. Educational for beginners and useful reference for more experienced readers, it is a great addition to any library. I wish I'd had a copy in my Pony Club days." - Amber Heintzberger, euestrian journalist, photographer, and award-winning coauthor of Beyond the Track: Retraining the Thoroughbred from Racehorse to Riding Horse. "Although they say it takes several lifetimes to learn about horses and riding, The Original Horse Bible does an admirable job of distilling the information into a easy-to-use reference." - Jennifer O. Bryant, author of the USDF Guide to Dressage and Olympic Equestrian: A Century of International Horse Sport "The Original Horse Bible takes a comprehensive approach to the world or horses. Idividuals new to horses will find answers to most of their questions...experienced people will find useful and interesting facts throughout...The authors present more practical advice in this book than what is normally presented in many collegiate equine courses." = Brian D. Nielsen, PhD, PAS, Dpl ACAN, Professor, Equine Exercise Physiology, Michigan State University "This volume provides an amazing amount of well-organized information in one place. The Original Horse Bible is certainly destined to become a favorite resource for all equestrians, from the newest fan to the seasoned professional." - Timmie A. Pollock, PhD, sport psychologist

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