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Horses For Dummies [Paperback]

Audrey Pavia
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June 1 1999 For Dummies (Computer/Tech)
This definitive manual on buying, caring for, training, and riding a horse is fun, informative, must reading for equine enthusiasts everywhere. It includes a 16-page, full-color section on horse breeds.

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Horse lovers will flock to this volume, which is chock full of down-to-earth, practical advice. While much of the information would be useful to anyone involved with horses, this book is really for the prospective horse owner who is just starting out. The novice will find the book easy to use, as each chapter stands on its own as a source of information about a specific aspect of horse ownership. Users can refer to the topic they need, and important sections are marked with icons indicating "Tip," "Warning," and "Remember." There is even an indicator for "technical stuff" that the beginner may not need to know. The book's coauthors are a veterinarian and an editor of an equine magazine, respectively, and both are well versed in the intricacies of horse ownership. They are careful to point out matters of protocol, those things that are always done a certain way in the horse world, though often for no apparent reason. A worthwhile purchase for public libraries.ADeborah Emerson, Monroe Community Coll., Rochester, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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'The perfect resource for the horse enthusiast and potential horse owner...' - Valerie K. Angeli, Public Information Coordinator, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) 'Audrey's instinctive understanding of the equine mind... may lead some to wonder if perhaps she was a horse in a previous life. ' - Betsy Sikora Siino, Award-winning animal writer and coauthor of For the Life of Your Dog 'Audrey Pavia understands how to best reach new horse enthusiasts in a fun, easy-to-follow manner. ' - Moira Harris, Editor, Horse Illustrated and Equine Athlete magazines Horse Evaluation Checklist on the 'Cheat Sheet' This friendly guide gives you all the information you need to become a knowledgeable horse owner and an accomplished equestrian - from buying, boarding, feeding, and grooming to training, riding, competing, and more. Inside, find helpful advice on how to:Determine if you have what it takes to commit to horse ownershipCare for your four-legged friend - from grooming and feeding to boarding and handlingRecognize common horse ailments, and know when to call the vetBuy equipment and accessories you'll need - bridles, brushes, saddles, and bitsHave fun in the saddle, from riding basics to parades and drill teamsUnderstand the joys of competition - jumping, dressage, Western, polo, and moreDiscover the ten best horseback vacations

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3.0 out of 5 stars Horses for Beginners June 29 2000
Format:Paperback
This is the perfect book for people that know very little about horses. It covers the basics of most equine topics, and is in an easy-to-read format. I unfortunately did not find this book useful. Anyone past the "intermediate" stage may become board with it due to its lack of advanced excercises and vice-solving. For more dedicated riders I would recommend "The Complete Training of Horse and Rider" by Col. Alois Podhajsky. Once again, this is a good book for beginners but not intermediate or advanced riders.
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4.0 out of 5 stars HORSE SENSE 101 Sept. 11 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Horses for Dummies does an excellent job of introducing the horse lover to the ins and outs of horses and horse ownership. The book paints a fairly accurate picture of all that is involved in getting started, covering the gamut of gadgets and tack necessary, a variety of veterinary issues, housing, feeding, training...you name it. A good, sound preliminary overview.
The one drawback to the book is that the authors go way overboard with trying to help the reader assess whether horse ownership is a realistic option. It seemed to me that they had perhaps seen some severe situations where people bought horses that really shouldn't have. As a result they, in some case, uses a sledgehammer to swat the horse fly when a fly swatter would suffice. If taken too literally the book would drive everyone except die-hard cowboys away from even considering owning horses. Yes, owning horses is a big responsibility but I have only heard of a few extremely rare cases where horses truly suffered as the result of unprepared owners.
However, I see this as a minor thing. Read the book for the great information that it imparts and don't let the stump speeches about whether you are ready to own a horse by the authors get in the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best beginner horse book you can buy May 14 2004
Format:Paperback
My husband & I decided to buy horses on a whim, but we knew we'd have to do alot of learning before we were ready to buy our first horse. Out of the many (many, MANY) books we bought, this book clearly stood out. It taught us ALL the basics, and was a wonderful referrence guide for all our questions as we got through the first 3 years, going from boarding to moving out to our own land. This book is a MUST HAVE for beginners, and worth more than the asking price. When I lent it to my cousin, I counted the days (actually YEARS) until she gave it back - once a month there was something I wanted to look up quick!
For more advanced horse people, or casual rent-a-horse riders, this book may be too basic. It covers everything from care, to buying, to everything about owning a horse. Not advanced concepts, or anecotes, or riding styles, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong evidence of "horse sense." March 3 2002
Format:Paperback
Having just turned 46, I find myself smack dab in the middle of my "Billy Crystal" phase. Although I don't have a pet bull suburban jogging companion, rescued from a cattle drive, I do feel the urge to realize a lifelong dream of getting actively involved with horses.
Horses For Dummies has proven to be an excellent guide, covering a variety of necessary topics from barn construction to horse shows to euthanasia.
To get some horse care experience without spending a fortune, I started volunteering for a local "Hippotherapy" therapeutic riding academy -- which I learned about from reading this book!
I've been reading this book compliments of my local library and will be purchasing my own copy soon. If you're just getting started, as I am, this book is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect basic reference! June 26 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was honored to be able to review an early copy of this book -- and proud to give an endorsement quote. I'm a lifelong horse-lover, and I used to ride a great deal. (I have a once-broken bone to prove it from a jump I went over without the benefit of my horse!)
Horses are complicated -- to understand, to buy or lease, to care for, to equip, to train and to handle. Audrey's book does a wonderful job explaining it all, and her love of these marvelous animals comes through on every page.
If you dream of horses, this is a book you must have!
-- Gina Spadafori, Universal Press Syndicate pet-care columnist, author of "Dogs For Dummies" and co-author of "Cats For Dummies" and "Birds For Dummies."
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As I've gotten back into horseback riding, horse care, etc., after many years and am now starting over again... this book provided me with all the information I need to get started and covered every possible subject of horse care for the beginner. I found it to be reader-friendly, informative, and it is responsible in that it covers all the basics in not only riding and enjoying your horse or lesson experience, but also touched on all the topics of horse care, tack care, tacking up, mounting, tips on buying one's first horse, etc. It's a must read for those who are either getting back into riding, looking into purchasing or leasing a horse, or for the first time equestrian enthusiast. Buy the book...you won't be sorry!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Aug. 25 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
My wife and I have recently begun to ride.To our utter amazement we have finally found a sport that we both enjoy. As our lessons progressed, I realized that I would need to do some independent research both for reenforcement of procedures as well as theacquisition of additional knowledge. I have never used any of the "Dummy" books but as I scanned the racks this book seemed to cover most of the topics that I was interested in. The book is absolutely marvelous. It's very easy to read and some difficult concepts are explained very simply for the novice. I would unequivically reccommend it for all beginners. I would also offer my thanks to the authors. Fine job ladies.
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1.0 out of 5 stars no colour section for kindle version?
As a beginner to riding, I was looking forward to a book that would sum up the basics of horse handling, and the history of the horse/human relationship. Read more
Published 28 days ago by mjw
1.0 out of 5 stars this does a disservice to horses
Properly caring for a horse from a health and welfare point of view is not something "for dummies". Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginner's book
This book is quite well written and very understandable for all ages.
Published on March 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome book
I just picked this book up and enjoyed it. However when Horse Sense 101 says they focus too much on the hardships of ownership, i think she is totally off. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know!
I loved this book and it's very helpful! It explains everything in a way anybody could easily understand, yet it's not boring! Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly for beginners
An excellent start for those just starting to deal with horses.
Read the book and then learn something from Native Americans. Read more
Published on April 22 2002 by M. Lohman
4.0 out of 5 stars A Potential First Time Horse Owner 'Must Read'
Anyone contemplating the addition of a horse to their family who has little or no experience around these wonderful animals should read this book FIRST! Read more
Published on Dec 13 2001 by Margaret McGinnis
5.0 out of 5 stars a little knowledge is a dangerous thing....
I have no knowledge of how to act around horses or horsey people. I am an animal lover...but dogs are my specialty. Thank God for this book! I learned so many basics. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2001 by N. Buscher
5.0 out of 5 stars GIDDY-UP BABY!
I don't have a horse but I wanted to learn how to ride my stallion bareback. I got this book so I could learn how. Thank you, Horses For Dummies. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2000 by Shadow Woman
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