The Nature of Horses

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Author: Stephen Budiansky

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684827689

Category: Education

Page: 290

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Based on archeological findings, the author examines the evolution of the modern horse, including behavior, vision, intelligence, and language

How to Think Like a Horse

The Essential Handbook for Understanding Why Horses Do What They Do

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Author: Cherry Hill

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 160342802X

Category: Pets

Page: 192

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In this fascinating best seller, Cherry Hill explores the way horses think and how it affects their behavior. Explaining why certain smells and sounds appeal to your horse’s sensibility and what sets off his sudden movements, Hill stresses how recognizing the thought processes behind your horse’s actions can help you communicate effectively and develop a trusting relationship based on mutual respect.

Of Life and Horses

The Nature of the Horse

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Author: Ann Nyberg Bradley

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781419641077

Category: Nature

Page: 148

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Of Life and Horses is more than a primer on equine behavior. It is a comprehensive look into understanding the nature of horses and attaining harmony with these magnificent beings. As much as society tends to describe horses with one definition, the truth is that each horse, like each human, is individual. Those of us who desire to understand horses and develop personal relationships with them - the kind of harmony that is sustainable and satisfying - must learn to understand equine nature. Author Ann Bradley approaches this subject with one strong purpose: that readers find harmony and unity with their equine companions. So much of how we approach a horse is based on our observations. The more we observe. . . and understand. . . the more successful that relationship will be. Despite the perception, each horse has its particular intellect and complexity of character. How do horses see their world - literally as well as figuratively? What makes them do the things they do? How can we develop a means of communication with an animal so different in nature from ourselves? These questions and so many more are addressed in Of Life and Horses.

Land of the Horses

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Author: Chris Lombard

Publisher: Hillcrest Publishing Group

ISBN: 1626523924

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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Growing up in a small Maine town, Chris had never ridden a horse. Never even touched one. But on one fateful night when he thought he had lost everything, he met two horses and looked into their eyes, and his life was changed forever. It inspired him to leave everything behind and go in search of his newfound connection to horses. His journey took him to the mountains of Colorado, the Hollywood Hills of California, and to the wild borderlands of Southern Arizona. And through the many connections he made with the amazing horses he met, Chris was guided to a greater wisdom about not only himself, but about life as well. Told in an engaging style that sets the reader among the horses, people and great landscapes of the American West, Land of the Horses entertains and inspires. It is a story that is in all of us and shows we are all capable of creating the life we truly want to live.

Equus Lost?

How We Misunderstand the Nature of the Horse-Human Relationship--Plus Brave New Ideas for the Future

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Author: Francesco De Giorgio,Jose De Giorgio-Schoorl

Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books

ISBN: 157076851X

Category: Pets

Page: 112

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In the 1980s, the world of riding, training, and competing with horses took a major turn with the spread of natural horsemanship, which at its most basic foundation rejects the use of abusive techniques and relies on methods derived from understanding the dynamics of free-roaming horse herds. Since then, equestrians across disciplines have incorporated elements of natural horsemanship into their work. But despite what was certainly an advancement in human-equine interaction that has improved the lives of many horses, Italian animal behaviorists Francesco de Giorgio and José de Giorgio-Schoorl dare to now ask, What if much of what we think we know about horses is, in fact, wrong? What if the premise of herd hierarchy is a myth? What if “conditioning” the horse’s behavior in the ways we’ve grown accustomed is undercutting his potential for development? What if there is another—better—level of partnership to which we can aspire? Their provocative book takes us into a dimension where we shed our assumptions of leadership, dominance, and control, convincingly showing a way forward that acknowledges that a horse, when allowed, is driven by his own inner motivation to explore and understand the world around him, including his relationship with humans.

The Horse

The Epic History of Our Noble Companion

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Author: Wendy Williams

Publisher: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374709777

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 2004

A New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice A Best Book of 2015, The Wall Street Journal "Love is the driver for Wendy Williams's new book, The Horse . . . [an] affectionate, thoroughgoing, good-hearted book." —Jaimy Gordon, The New York Times Book Review "Charming and deeply interesting . . . Ms. Williams does a marvelous job." —Pat Shipman, The Wall Street Journal The book horse-lovers have been waiting for Horses have a story to tell, one of resilience, sociability, and intelligence, and of partnership with human beings. In The Horse, the journalist and equestrienne Wendy Williams brings that story brilliantly to life. Williams chronicles the 56-million-year journey of horses as she visits with experts around the world, exploring what our biological affinities and differences can tell us about the bond between horses and humans, and what our longtime companion might think and feel. Indeed, recent scientific breakthroughs regarding the social and cognitive capacities of the horse and its ability to adapt to changing ecosystems indicate that this animal is a major evolutionary triumph. Williams charts the course that leads to our modern Equus-from the protohorse to the Dutch Warmbloods, Thoroughbreds, and cow ponies of the twenty-first century. She observes magnificent ancient cave art in France and Spain that signals a deep respect and admiration for horses well before they were domesticated; visits the mountains of Wyoming with experts in equine behavior to understand the dynamics of free-roaming mustangs; witnesses the fluid gracefulness of the famous Lipizzans of Vienna; contemplates what life is like for the sure-footed, mustachioed Garrano horses who thrive on the rugged terrain of Galicia; meets a family devoted to rehabilitating abandoned mustangs on their New Hampshire farm; celebrates the Takhi horses of Mongolia; and more. She blends profound scientific insights with remarkable stories to create a unique biography of the horse as a sentient being with a fascinating past and a finely nuanced mind. The Horse is a revealing account of the animal who has been at our side through the ages, befriending us and traveling with us over the mountains and across the plains. Enriched by Williams's own experience with horses, The Horse is a masterful work of narrative nonfiction that pays tribute to this treasure of the natural world.

The World According to Horses

How They Run, See, and Think

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Author: Stephen Budiansky

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)

ISBN: 9780805060546

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

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How horses experience the world-and how we know it. "People have been training and riding horses for thousands of years without the help of science. But how much richer and deeper can our appreciation of these wonderful animals be if we do understand some of the 'whys' about them." What do horses mean when they neigh, nicker, and snort? When a horse refuses to jump a fence, what is it seeing? How can a horse's bones tell us whether people rode it or ate it? In clear, engaging prose, Stephen Budiansky takes us inside the world as horses experience it and explains how we came to these insights. A horse lover's treat and a great introduction to science in one exciting read, illustrated with ten black and white photographs and ten line drawings. Stephen Budiansky, owner of a horse farm and author of a highly successful adult horse book, The Nature of Horses, combines his fascination with horses with his passion for scientific discovery to give young readers the perfect bridge from loving horses to appreciating science.

Riding Home

The Power of Horses to Heal

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Author: Tim Hayes

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250033527

Category: Nature

Page: 304

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Riding Home:The Power of Horses to Heal, Horse Nation's must read book of 2016, is the first and only book to scientifically and experientially explain why horses have the extraordinary ability to emotionally transform the lives of thousands of men, women and children, whether they are horse lovers, or suffering from deep psychological wounds. It is a book for anyone who wants to experience the joy, wonder, self-awareness and peace of mind that comes from creating a horse/human relationship, and it puts forth and clarifies the principles of today's Natural Horsemanship (or what was once referred to as "Horse Whispering") Everyone knows someone who needs help: a husband, a wife, a partner, a child, a friend, a troubled teenager, a war veteran with PTSD, someone with autism, an addiction, anyone in emotional pain or who has lost their way. Riding Home provides riveting examples of how Equine Therapy has become one of today's most effective cutting-edge methods of healing. Horses help us discover hidden parts of ourselves, whether we're seven or seventy. They model relationships that demonstrate acceptance, kindness, honesty, tolerance, patience, justice, compassion, and forgiveness. Horses cause all of us to become better people, better parents, better partners, and better friends. A horse can be our greatest teacher, for horses have no egos, they never lie, they're never wrong and they manifest unparalleled compassion. It is this amazing power of horses to heal and teach us about ourselves that is accessible to anyone and found in the pages of Tim Hayes's Riding Home. The information and lists of therapeutic and non-therapeutic equine programs, which are contained in the book, are also available at the book's website.

Horses in Company

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Author: Lucy Rees

Publisher: The Crowood Press

ISBN: 1908809574

Category: Pets

Page: 160

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Horses in Company is an in-depth study of the social interaction and hierarchy of horses in the wild. The book discusses how the characteristic behaviour of the herd has developed in response to the natural selection pressures in their evolution, namely that horses are prey animals and not predators, and how this governs the behaviour of domestic horses living together. Through these studies, the book aims to help the reader understand the difficulties that arise between people and horses due to misunderstanding equine behaviour and motivation. Of great interest to all horse owners and riders and illustrated with 60 colour photographs.

The Secret Language of Horses and Ponies

How to Understand What Your Horse Is Telling You

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Author: Heather Dunphy

Publisher: Chartwell Books

ISBN: 0785834044

Category: Nature

Page: 192

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In The Secret Language of Horses & Ponies you'll learn about horse breeds and types, riding disciplines, horse communication, grooming, and care. It's packed full of practical advice on everything from selecting your first horse and choosing appropriate tack to maintaining a healthy horse and understanding his needs as he matures. It's everything you need to know, and the key to a contented horse and a confident owner.

The Age of the Horse

An Equine Journey Through Human History

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Author: Susanna Forrest

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

ISBN: 0802189512

Category: Nature

Page: 432

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An essential book for anyone who’s ever been captivated by horses, The Age of the Horse is a breathtaking exploration of the enduring connection between humans and Equus caballus. Equestrian expert Susanna Forrest presents a unique, sweeping panorama of the animal’s prominent role in societies around the world and across time. Fifty-six million years ago, the earliest equid walked the earth—and beginning with the first-known horse-keepers of the Copper Age, the horse has played an integral part in human history. It has sustained us as a source of food, an industrial and agricultural machine, a comrade in arms, a symbol of wealth, power, and the wild. Combining fascinating anthropological detail and incisive personal anecdote, Forrest draws from an immense range of archival documents as well as literature and art to illustrate how our evolution has coincided with that of horses. In paintings and poems (such as Byron’s famous “Mazeppa”), in theater and classical music (including works by Liszt and Tchaikovsky), representations of the horse have changed over centuries, portraying the crucial impact that we’ve had on each other. Forrest deftly synthesizes this material with her own experience in the field, traveling the globe to give us a diverse, comprehensive look at the horse in our lives today: from Mongolia where she observes the endangered takhi, to a show-horse performance at the Palace of Versailles; from a polo club in Beijing to Arlington, Virginia, where veterans with PTSD are rehabilitated through interaction with horses. With passion and singular insight, Forrest investigates the complexities of human and horse coexistence, illuminating the multifaceted ways our cultures were shaped by the powerful creature.

The Horse in Human History

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Author: Pita Kelekna

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521736299

Category: Social Science

Page: 478

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The horse is surely the "aristocrat" of animals domesticated by man. This book documents the origins of horse domestication on the Pontic-Caspian steppes some 6,000 years ago and the consequent migration of equestrian tribes across Eurasia to the borders of sedentary states. Horse-chariotry and cavalry in effect changed the nature of warfare in the civilizations of the Middle East, India, and China. But, beyond the battlefield, horsepower also afforded great advances in transport, agriculture, industry, and science. Rapidity of horse communications forged far-flung equestrian empires, where language, law, weights, measures, and writing systems were standardized and revolutionary technologies and ideas were disseminated across continents. Always recognizing this dual character of horsepower - both destructive and constructive - the politico-military and economic importance of the horse is discussed in the rise of Hittite, Achaemenid, Chinese, Greco-Roman, Arab, Mongol, and Turkic states. Following Columbian contact, Old and New World cultures are contrastively evaluated in terms of presence or absence of the horse. And Spanish conquest of the horseless Americas is seen as the model for subsequent European equestrian colonization of horseless territories around the planet.

The Meaning of Horses

Biosocial Encounters

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Author: Dona Davis,Anita Maurstad

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317427963

Category: Social Science

Page: 206

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The Meaning of Horses: Biosocial Encounters examines some of the engagements or entanglements that link the lived experiences of human and non-human animals. The contributors discuss horse-human relationships in multiple contexts, times and places, highlighting variations in the meaning of horses as well as universals of ‘horsiness’. They consider how horses are unlike other animals, and cover topics such as commodification, identity, communication and performance. This collection emphasises the agency of the horse and a need to move beyond anthropocentric studies, with a theoretical approach that features naturecultures, co-being and biosocial encounters as interactive forms of becoming. Rooted in anthropology and multispecies ethnography, this book introduces new questions and areas for consideration in the field of animals and society.

The BHS Book of the Natural Horse

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Author: Sarah Widdicombe

Publisher: David & Charles

ISBN: 9780715324967

Category: Pets

Page: 192

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Discovering how horses live in the wild and relating that to the way we keep them helps us to understand how much a horse has to adapt to live in our world. This book includes dozens of practical exercises and step-by-step sequences of photographs showing how to train your horse with sympathetic but effective methods.

Understanding Horse Behavior

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Author: Lesley Skipper

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 9781602390515

Category: Pets

Page: 144

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"An innovative approach to equine psychology and successful training"--Cover.

The Mind of the Horse

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Author: Michel-Antoine Leblanc

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674727584

Category: Nature

Page: 464

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Horses were first domesticated about 6,000 years ago on the vast Eurasian steppe, yet only in the last two decades have scientists begun to explore the mental capacities of these animals. In The Mind of the Horse, Michel-Antoine Leblanc presents an encyclopedic synthesis of scientific knowledge about equine behavior and cognition, providing experts and enthusiasts alike with an up-to-date understanding of how horses perceive, think about, and adapt to their physical and social worlds. Much of what we think we know about "the intelligence of the horse" derives from fragmentary reports and anecdotal evidence. Putting this accumulated wisdom to the test, Leblanc introduces readers to rigorous experimental investigations into how horses make sense of their world under varying conditions. He describes the anatomical and neurophysiological characteristics of the horse's brain, and compares these features with those of other species, to gain an evolutionary perspective. A horseman himself, Leblanc also considers the opinions of renowned riding masters, as well as controversies surrounding the horse's extraordinary mental powers that have stirred in equestrian and scientific circles. The Mind of the Horse brings together in one volume the current state of equine research and will likely stimulate surprising new discoveries.

Body Language of Horses

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Author: Tom Ainslee,Tom Ainslie

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0688036201

Category: Science

Page: 208

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Horses communicate with remarkable accuracy in a language of posture, gesture and sound. They express their needs, wishes and emotions to each other and to the rare human being who understands them. After reading this unprecedented, exciting and up-lifting book, you will understand the equine language. You therefore will know how to recognize: A happy horse. A frightened horse. An angry horse. A bored horse. A grieving horse. A frustrated horse. A horse horse in pain. A playful horse. A proud horse. An eagerly competitive horse. And many horses more! Moreover, you will know how to reassure the frightened, calm the angry, comfort the grieving, divert the bored -- and deal with most other human-equine difficulites. You will know how to educate a foal or rehabilitate a rogue. You will know how to look at race horses on their way to the starting gate and differentiate the likely winners from the losers. You even will know how to buy a horse. But best of all, you will finally understand what these grand animals are all about, and you will know better than ever before how they (and we) fit into nature's scheme of things.