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  • I want to write a book about caring for horses

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    02-12-2012, 02:35 AM
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Looking for contributors to a book about owning and caring for horses

Iím writing a book called Ď101 problems owning and caring for your horse - and how to solve themí and I was wondering whether anyone on this forum would like to contribute.
Ideally Iím looking for practical advice on how you overcame a particular problem that might be of use or interest to others who already own, or are thinking of owning, a horse. The problems can be of any type, size and significance. Your contribution can be used without revealing names and places etc as long as the problem (and its solution) is clear. The book is supported by advertising so, if youíre a business, as well as being credited as a contributor, we will be able to offer you a half page ad as a way of saying thanks. If youíre not a business we can list you as having contributed to the book. If you would like to contribute to this book please message me.
     
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    02-12-2012, 04:14 AM
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I personally don't think you can write a very good horse book based on the information someone might post in this thread. All the really good books come from people with years of experience.

The problem with this type format...well, there are plenty of people that may post that don't have a clue about what they are talking about. We see it all the time.

In a self-help book of this nature, I certainly think you should take responsibility for the information that you give. I think you should make sure to get your info from either a very creditable source or test the info you are getting. Not all solutions work for every horse, but you should at least make sure that the solution is safe, logical and has some credibility. You have to remember that the people who would be buying this kind of book are the people that need the most help.
     
    02-12-2012, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by sandy2u1    
I personally don't think you can write a very good horse book based on the information someone might post in this thread. All the really good books come from people with years of experience.

The problem with this type format...well, there are plenty of people that may post that don't have a clue about what they are talking about. We see it all the time.

In a self-help book of this nature, I certainly think you should take responsibility for the information that you give. I think you should make sure to get your info from either a very creditable source or test the info you are getting. Not all solutions work for every horse, but you should at least make sure that the solution is safe, logical and has some credibility. You have to remember that the people who would be buying this kind of book are the people that need the most help.
Perhaps you should re-read the post. The person is not seeking to derive information from forum posts...he/she is soliciting potential contributors to the book via PM. No one in their right mind would consider information posted in a forum by unknown people as credible.
But this, and other forums, is a perfect venue to solicit for knowledgeable people that might want to contribute to the book. What could be more logical than looking for resources among groups of horse people if you are writing a book about horses? Research and identifying resources are 90% of writing non fiction or technical books. I'm not sure why you are being so negative...
     
    02-12-2012, 10:33 AM
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^^ But even with PMs how would you know the person even knows about horse care? And that the advice is indeed valid?

I'm not being negative, BTW, but instead of looking at the forums I'd much rather contact different trainers asking if they can contribute in exchange of the ad.
     
    02-12-2012, 11:17 AM
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^^ But even with PMs how would you know the person even knows about horse care? And that the advice is indeed valid?

I'm not being negative, BTW, but instead of looking at the forums I'd much rather contact different trainers asking if they can contribute in exchange of the ad.
I don't understand what you are asking...I assume there is a screening and "get to know you" process - as any writer does when considering a resource. I have written all kinds of articles, op-eds, and technical papers, and I have looked in many places for reference sources, and part of the process is establishing credibility. IMO I think you guys are making much ado about absolutely nothing (and I may be doing the same). The post could be a scam for all I know, but if it is indeed a writer or aspiring writer seeking people to use as resources, than you seek first-hand informatin about horses where there are horse people, and forums are one of the places where they congregate.

"Professional" trainers are a resource, but no better a resource than other people that may be experienced and credible. And honestly, many "trainers" (not all) are so constricted by time that the methods they use may be the quickest, but not necessarily the best, nor the methods a person might want to employ with their own horse, which appears to be the audience the OP is targetting. The best training is slow and steady, one step at a time, and many trainers don't have the time and take shortcuts or use "quick fix" training...not necessarily their fault as their clients limit their training time and want quick results for cost reasons. Besides, in my experience and observation, at most maybe 10% of people that claim to be trainers have the knowledge, expertise, and experience, to lay claim to the title.

I'm not trying to be a PITA here - it's just that if I were the OP, I would be saying to myself "Geesh, I was only looking for some experienced horsey folks that might be able to tell me their tips and experiences, some of which I might be able to use in my book"...
     
    02-12-2012, 12:58 PM
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Face, I'm not trying to be negative and I did reread the post. It still sounds like to me that the OP wants people to give step-by-step instructions on horse training. I already stated in my original post how I feel about that and so I see no need for me to go into that again.
     

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