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For the Good of the Horse [Hardcover]

Mary Wanless
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Oct. 1 1997
From the author of The Natural Rider and Ride with Your mind, a clear and informative survey of holistic methods of horse care, from dentistry and shoeing to herbalism and energy medicine.

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Mary Wanless has spent nearly 20 years developing teaching strategies to enhance riding performance. Her previous books include The Natural Rider, Ride with Your mInd, and For the Good of the Rider.

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IN OCTOBER 1991 I held a one-day conference at West Wilts Equestrian Centre, in the south west of England. Read the first page
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3.0 out of 5 stars For the good of the horse humble review Nov. 30 2001
By A Customer
First, I completely agree with the lady from Wiltshire England (her review of this book).
Although I have not yet been able to do a complete read of this book, I have gone through the dental, farrier, and saddle sections a few times. I looked at the Orthoflex saddles on-line and found they look very unusual. Although they may be a good alternative for the horse, what happened to the riders part of the equation.
More importantly, I am very disheartened by the dental and farrier sections. It seems despite how hard you try to take care of your horse, you aren't doing enough. If the professionals do not do their job properly, who can you really trust? I feel lucky to be able to get any farrier or vet to come out to my rural area and I honestly could not tell you if these professionals are doing as good a job as they promise me they are. I read extensively, but reading cannot replace the professional experience that both of these practitioners should have. I truly feel overwhelmed and depressed about riding every time I read through this book. I love my horses and riding is my therapy, but when I read this book I feel like an abusive monster for wanting to "use" my horse.
However, there was very interesting information in the book so overall I rate it higher than if I were just to rate my personal feelings about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every horse owner should read this book! Aug. 6 2000
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This is an enlightening and beautifully written book which Mary Wanless did an amazing amount of research to produce. I found the chapter on saddle fitting especially interesting. In response to the "quackery" reviewer, the author by no means suggests that the reader should adopt every new treatment, therapy, or device for the horse. She presents a large number of options without making many recommendations at all--it is informative, but not a sales pitch. I don't find advice not to use cheap saddlery or untrained dental technicians suggestions that I leap on the newest bandwagon--it's common sense. Some of the chapters can leave well-meaning horsepeople feeling that we are not doing as well as we could by our horses...but we probably felt a little bit that way before, or we wouldn't have read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful! July 12 2000
I must say that this book is very insightful. It was some very intense reading and at times i had to reread parts but i learned so much. Mary offers a whole new way of looking at your equine partner as well as the world. She discusses modern medicine and homeopathic remedies as well as gives you an indepth look at how the horse functions and how humans affect them.i personally was unable to put this book down.I do warn however,it is not a book that would be enjoyed by the narrow minded horse owner who likes to stick hard and fast to tradition.Because it offers so much up to date information on todays horse world and all the change and progress it has made.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book changed my approach to horse care. Jan. 27 2000
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As a result of reading and rereading Mary Wanless's chapter on proper saddle fit, I looked into the Ortho-Flex saddle system for my horse. While Ms. Wanless doesn't endorse the brand, which uses a suspension system rather than a regular saddle tree, her explanations of equine biomechanics and description of the system spurred me to investigate it further on my own. I was pleased with what I learned and ended up purchasing one. I can't tell you how good I feel, knowing that I am probably not damaging my horse's back. My horse's movement also has improved as a result. In short, if you are a caring and thoughtful rider who is willing to sit down for a serious read, this book is for you. In fact, the only reason I didn't give it five stars is because the book can be tough going at times.
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