Posted by: wendyquest | June 17, 2011

Horses – Book – The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Horseback Riding


The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Horseback Riding by Jessica Jahiel

As the title of the book indicates, this is a great introduction to the world of horseback riding including basic information on taking care of your horse and tidbits on boarding (if you don’t have the privilege of owning your own ranch). The author speaks clearly with a bit of humor.

Did you know that horses are ticklist?

Horses also spook easily, so it’s best to keep talking to them when you are working around them.

Interestingly, orphaned horses who were bottle-fed or human-fed are more difficult to train.

If a horse steps on your foot (ouch!), push it away firmly.

Don’t tie a horse up by its reins because it can get spooked and tear up its mouth.

A horse’s points are the sections of color on its mane, tail, lower legs or ear tips.

Horses like to play in the water and may stop midstream to roll in the sandy bottom. They can swim as long as their nostrils are above water.

“Chrome” is the name for white markings. If a horse has a lot of white markings, someone might say it has a “lot of chrome”.

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