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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books (Oct. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570760837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570760839
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 3.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 812 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #987,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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By A Customer on Nov. 30 2001
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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Most of this book is a discussion of the vital systems of the horse from the viewpoint of a number of alternative and complimentary schools of therapy. The focus is specifically on the application of these views to addressing various problems with how the horse is going or behaving. It is without doubt a most comprehensive and superbly well informed work, and clearly demonstrates the author's breadth and depth of background. I found the book somewhat depressing though, as it leaves the impression that whatever the genuine and caring owner does we are inevitably damaging and even hurting our horses by using them in any way at all. Although many avenues for consideration of the horse's well being are explored, from the conventional considerations of balanced shoeing and correct saddle, to the more esoteric ideas of 'spiritual' balance, little practical help is offered to the ordinary owner with limited resources. I ended up feeling profoundly helpless, though immensely well informed. Partly for these reasons, and partly due to the sheer density and volume of information presented the book is a demanding read. This is not a book to be polished off in an evening, and is best reread several times. Nevertheless, overall, I highly recommend it.
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Most of this book is a discussion of the vital systems of the horse from the viewpoint of a number of alternative and complimentary schools of therapy. The focus is specifically on the application of these views to addressing various problems with how the horse is going or behaving. It is without doubt a most comprehensive and superbly well informed work, and clearly demonstrates the author's breadth and depth of background. I found the book somwhat depressing though, as it leaves the impression that whatever the genuine and caring owner does we are inevitably damaging and even hurting our horses by using them in any way at all. Although many avenues for consideration of the horse's well being are explored, from the conventional considerations of balanced shoeing and correct saddle, to the more esoteric ideas of 'spiritual' balance, little practical help is offered to the ordinary owner with limited resources. I ended up feeling profoundly helpless, though immensely well informed. Partly for these reasons, and partly due to the sheer density and volume of information presented the book is a demanding read. This is not a book to be polished off in an evening, and is best reread several times. Nevertheless, overall, I highly recommend it.
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By A Customer on Aug. 6 2000
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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