Body Language Of Horses Hardcover – May 1 1980
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About the Author
Tom Ainslie, the leading authority on race handicapping, is author of The Complete Horseplayer, Ainslie on Jockeys, Ainslie's Complete Guide to Thoroughbred Racing, Handicapper's Handbook, Theory and Practice of Handicapping, Ainslie's Complete Guide to Harness Racing, Ainslie's Complete Hoyle and Ainslie's Encyclopedia of Thoroughbred Handicapping.
Top Customer Reviews
Not only does the book stray from it's purported topic, but the information that IS given about equine body language is so basic and obvious that any true horseperson would already know it, and any aspiring horseperson could learn it all in a matter of a few weeks spent around the creatures. Of course a nervous horse will work up a sweat, a bored horse will get mouthy, and a horse that is irritated by a fly will swish its tail and twitch its skin. There are really only two forseeable uses, in my mind, for this book. The first is as a reference for those who know next to nothing about horses and wish to learn. The second, a slightly different version of the first, is as a guide to non-equestrian racegoers in order to pick winning horses on which to place their bets (and this is not surefire or guaranteed in any way, since pre-race behavior is only one of many factors that determines the outcome of a race).
The book is also considerably old, and a bit dated. It was written and first published in 1980, more than two decades ago. While the basic behavior of horses hasn't changed in that time, much else in the horse world has, including attitudes toward the care and training of horses.Read more ›
This book is probably okay for someone absolutely brand new to horses and unfamiliar with horse behavior. Word of caution to those readers though: don't blindly accept the authors' generalizations about horse body language as applying to all horses in all situations! The authors try to put into human terms the emotions the horse is experiencing. This is a dangerous perspective to take if you're new to horses. Instead, you should be trying to learn how to think like a horse. If you are really interested in horses and what makes them tick, find Moyra Williams' book "Horse Psychology." While Williams won't tell you a tail held high means the horse is happy or proud, her book will offer you much more insight.
Most recent customer reviews
If you want to learn about the nuances of horse body language and behaviour Robert Vavra's "Such Is the Real Nature of Horses" will tell you much more than this book.Published on May 26 2003
I was a complete novice when it came to horses, but after I spent some time with this book, I was a changed man! I have nothing but rave reviews for this. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2001 by Cameron
I learned nothing about the body language of horses that I didnt already learn from being around them for 2 weeks.Published on April 26 2000
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