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Understanding Your Horse: How to Overcome Common Behavior Problems [Hardcover]

Lesley Bayley , Richard Maxwell
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Feb. 1 1997
A wealth of sound advice on how to "listen to" and really understand your horse, with a caring approach to techniques for training and overcoming behavioral problems.

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"Problem" horses are usually horses that are trying to tell their owners that something is wrong and reacting in the only way they know how. Lesley Bayley leads the reader through Richard Maxwell's system of understanding equine psychology and for overcoming some of the natural responses that horses use in situations that frighten or confuse them. Beginning with two chapters on how horses communicate with each other (and with their owners), the authors go on to describe the effects of pain on the horse's behavior. Two chapters on establishing trust with older, difficult horses and with "starting" (breaking in) foals and young horses lead into the final sections on dealing with specific behavioral problems. The authors stress that positive reinforcement of desired behaviors will achieve the desired results, and that understanding why a horse is acting the way it does goes a long way toward getting it to develop desirable habits or toward changing undesirable conduct. This will be an extremely useful adjunct to all of the how-to books on riding and horse care. Nancy Bent

About the Author

Lesley Bayley is the editor of Your Horse, Britain's best-selling equestrian magazine. Richard Maxwell has worked with the American trainer Monty Roberts and is well known for his success in dealing with problem horses.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it again June 5 2000
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Format:Hardcover
In response to the reader who felt that Richard Maxwell was taking the credit for Monty's work, I would like to point out that Richard is infact Monty's STUDENT and is mentioned in Monty's book The Man Who Listens To Horses. Richard, who was in the household cavalry and present at the demonstration Monty gave for the Queen, was for a long time the only person authorized to use Monty's techniques here in the UK. Additionally having read Richards other book, and seen him in action, I can honestly assure readers that he is indeed brillient and can teach you a great deal about handling problem horses
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it again June 5 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
In response to the reader who felt that Richard Maxwell was taking the credit for Monty's work, I would like to point out that Richard is infact Monty's STUDENT and is mentioned in Monty's book The Man Who Listens To Horses. Richard, who was in the household cavalry and present at the demonstration Monty gave for the Queen, was for a long time the only person authorized to use Monty's techniques here in the UK. Additionally having read Richards other book, and seen him in action, I can honestly assure readers that he is indeed brillient and can teach you a great deal about handling problem horses
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent all rounder! Nov. 16 1999
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Format:Hardcover
I found this book amazing, It is well written and informative, the case studies are excellent and really helped me to understand my ex racehorse.
He came to me as an unsolvable case, his owner wanted him put down. He had nearly every vice handled in this book, from 'weaving' to 'biting' to 'bucking when ridden'. The manager of the stables he came from, recommended he never be handled and gave him to me as a companion for my pony.
However, thanks to this book, and a lot of patience, he is now a happy well balanced member of the family and ridden every day !
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