Teach Yourself Horse

Natural Horse Management

By Heather Simpson
April 2004
D J Murphy Publishers Ltd.
ISBN: 0951370782
136 pages, Illustrated, 6 " x 9 "
Paper Original


This book has been written as a guide for anyone interested in horse behavior, whether as a hobby or a career. Equine behavioral scientist Heather Simpson explains the basic needs essential for horses to be happy and healthy, both physically and mentally. Based on Heather's own scientific studies with equines in the wild, as well as those in a domestic setting, this book explains how long-established biological needs in the horse can work against them when kept by traditional methods, causing misunderstanding between horse and handler and stress to the horse.

With reference to proven scientific discoveries, but written in an easy-to-understand format, the author offers solutions to common horse behavior problems which result from this conflict, so that readers can improve the quality of their own horses' lives. Based on positive reinforcement training methods developed by Heather with her husband Ross, these techniques engender trust and confidence in the horses she treats. Examples of case studies reinforce the practical application of Heather's work.

With a study in every chapter for students of horse behavior, this book is for anyone wishing to study horse behavior as a career. It also provides easy-to-understand, scientifically based information for every horse owner who wants to improve their own horses' quality of life, and adopt a more natural approach to their management. This is a reference book for the National Animal Centre Equine Behavior Qualification.

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