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post #1 of 11 Old 12-27-2013, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone!

I am fairly new to riding and didn't grow up on a farm or around anyone who owned a horse. I've been taking Western riding lessons for several months and am interested in learning more. Does anyone have suggestions on good books to read about horse behavior or riding techniques? I'm not planning on buying my own horse, and my riding is therapeutic- so I'll probably stick to pretty basic Western riding. By the way, it's great reading about all of your experiences. This seems like a great forum!
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-27-2013, 06:58 AM
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Welcome to the forum!

Clinton Anderson Riding with confidence and Gaining Respect and Control on the ground is some good ones to start with.
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post #3 of 11 Old 12-27-2013, 01:02 PM
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Welcome to the forum. The forum is a great place to start. Your local grocery store should have a lot of horse magazines you can go through as well.
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post #4 of 11 Old 12-27-2013, 01:07 PM
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Since you are involved in therapeutic riding, you may really enjoy a book by Linda Kohanov "The Tao of Equus" - a really great read about the healing magic of the horse/person relationship :)
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Thanks guys! I got some Barnes & Noble gift cards for Christmas, so I will check those out.
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post #6 of 11 Old 12-27-2013, 01:42 PM
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Depends on if you like "woo-woo" or not. The Tao of Equus was interesting, but too much woo-woo for me. However, for just a good read with horses at the center, "Chosen by a Horse" was a good read. Have hanky ready, though.

I like Mark Rashid's "Consider the Horse". Or "Lessons from a Ranch Horse"

Sally Swift's "Centered Riding" is like a Bible for learning to ride.
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"Woo-woo", huh? Maybe I'll see if the library has it first. ;) Thanks for the suggestions!
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post #8 of 11 Old 12-27-2013, 08:31 PM
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If you are interested in keeping up on health related equine topics I would suggest getting a subscription to eqqus
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"Woo-woo", huh? Maybe I'll see if the library has it first. ;) Thanks for the suggestions!

Yeah, woo-woo. Like "new agey". Am I the only one who uses that term?
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yeah, woo-woo. Like "new agey". Am I the only one who uses that term?
hee hee... she said woo-woo... hee hee....


I LOVE the Sally Swift books. That women had I don't even know? 80 some odd years experience? She KNEW her stuff and was very good at describing things.

I found a lot of helpful tips in John Lyons books as well as Clinton Anderson. If you end up finding that you are timid handling horses on the ground then Clinton can be very helpful. There are so many great books and videos out there but let me offer you some advice.... don't let those take the place of a living professional and NEVER drink the koolaide. Soak it in but do not be brainwashed by any method.

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