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post #1 of 5 Old 06-01-2015, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Question Horse Educational Book/sites

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I am getting back into horses and riding but it is going to be a slow transition as we are paying off our remaining debt so we can both fully enjoy our passions instead of dabble (look at us being adults! ). I will be taking the occasional lesson and have found a few places where I can ride for free in exchange for a little work.

I have a solid, but basic knowledge of horses, passed that of a true beginner, however, I am at a disadvantage because of it. I know enough that trainers and other informational vessels assume I'm good and don't leave room for extra learning tid bits because it isn't vital to the task at hand (my fault, I know). I hope that makes sense. I've worked in barns and grew up trail riding. I've also taken a handful of lesson and I can't wait to get back into training with the instructor I met through my last barn job. She is beyond amazing and once I start leasing I will be taking lessons through her (again this is a couple of years down the road)

What I am looking for now is a place to learn about the finer points of horse care and riding while I am passing the time. Ideally, I want to find a a book or website to learn more in depth about horse bio-mechanics and nutrition. I am also want to get into disciplines and their equipment and its purpose and proper care. Since I didn't start taking lessons until I was an older rider, my instructors always bypassed that portion because I seemed to know enough and at the time I did not think to ask questions. So far the material I have found covers what I already know or is some touchy feely narrative and just not what I am looking for.

so TLR

I am looking for text book style information regarding proper nutrition, horse movement, riding techniques (good youtube suggestions?) and thorough disciple breakdowns.

I have found some good information, especially regarding nutrition. I feel like with the wealth of knowledge here I will find more than what I have on my own.

Thanks!!
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I only have one nutritional book but I love it! It really helped me understand their digestive tract and how they process starches and sugars. It's called Storey's Guide to Feeding Horses: Lifelong Nutrition, ect. It's a yellow book by Melyni Worth Ph.D. I think it will help on that base. Everything else I can't help with. I learned a lot just through experience. Although I really prefer book learning, it doesn't really always work that way with horses.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-03-2015, 11:40 AM
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Here are some blogs worth checking out:
Hooves | Discussing the good, the bad and the ugly of the horse world. (lots of conformation info)
Horse Listening | Horses. Riding. Life. (great riding tips)
The Legal Equestrian – (a bit of everything!)
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Thanks so much! I haven't run across any of those ? Hands on learning is definitely My preferred method but I figure since I haven't successfully worked that part out yet (all of the places with the right price are an hour away ?) I will at least get a better understanding of the health aspect.
I've been reading some articles/books by Cherry Hill and Sylvia Loch. I am looking forward to diving into these new sources!
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-09-2015, 07:32 AM
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If you google Equine Guelph, that links you to the online courses for their Equine Studies Diploma. This series of courses is run through the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada - one of the leading veterinarian/agricultural schools in the world.

If you go into the "current courses" outlines, they show you which textbook they will be using for each course. My favourite to date is the textbook used in the Equine Behaviour Course - written by McGreevy. Book is simply called "Equine Behaviour".
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