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

The Nature of Horses

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Author: Stephen Budiansky

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1474603203

Category: Science

Page: 256

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What makes a winning racehorse? How intelligent are horses? What are horses trying to tell us when they stamp their hooves and snort? Do horses talk to each other? The horse, long a symbol of beauty and athletic prowess, has made and lost fortunes and transformed human history and culture, and yet has retained mysteries that baffle even those who work with them every day. There has recently been an explosion of scientific research on the horse. In this book Stephen Budiansky brings the insights of modern science to a wider audience of horse enthusiasts and animal-lovers.

The Nature of Horses

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Author: Stephen Budiansky

Publisher: Free Press

ISBN: 9780684827681

Category: Pets

Page: 304

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

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.

The Meaning of Horses

Biosocial Encounters

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Author: Dona Davis,Anita Maurstad

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317427971

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Horse

A Biography of Our Noble Companion

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Author: Wendy Williams

Publisher: Oneworld

ISBN: 9781780749358

Category: Horses

Page: 320

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Horses have been our companions in work and leisure for thousands of years. As a species we have profited immeasurably from their resilience, strength and intelligence. In The Horse, Wendy Williams travels the globe to discover the history of our noble companion, one which stretches back fifty-six million years. From the streets of Vienna to the rugged terrain of Galicia, Williams demonstrates the horse's intelligence and strength. Blending profound scientific insights with remarkable stories, The Horse is a unique biography of the animal which has carried us across plains and into battle, and whose fascinating past and finely-nuanced mind are brought to life here in this masterful work of narrative non-fiction.

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.

Zen Mind, Zen Horse

The Science and Spirituality of Working with Horses

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Author: Allan J. Hamilton

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1603427805

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

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“Far more than a book about how to care for a horse, though it stands out as one of the best on the subject . . . beautiful” (Susan Richards, author of Chosen by a Horse). This unique guide to horsemanship incorporates Eastern philosophy to describe how horses understand and respond to the flow of vital energy around them, and how they use this energy, called chi, to communicate with their herd, express dominance, and sense predators. Written by the award-winning author of The Scalpel and the Soul, and including forewords by Monty Roberts and Dr. Robert Miller, Zen Mind, Zen Horse shares safe, simple techniques to make you more receptive to your animal’s chi, so you can develop a calm and effective training style that will not only help your horse follow commands, but strengthen the spiritual bond between horse and rider.

Horse Psychology

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Author: Moyra Williams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780879802479

Category: Pets

Page: 194

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The Man Who Listens to Horses

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Author: Monty Roberts

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 0676971288

Category: Horse trainers

Page: 320

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This spellbinding memoir details the extraordinary life of Monty Roberts: a man whose gentle, compassionate training methods - transforming the once brutal practice of horse-breaking throughout the world - are redefining the way we think about communication, not only between other species but between ourselves. Over the past year, more than a million people have been uplifted by Roberts' book - from animal lovers to business leaders, and everyone in between. Amusing, poignant, riveting and humane, The Man Who Listens to Horses is that rare book that brings us into the company of a man and his magic, and opens us to the world of animals.

Riding Home

The Power of Horses to Heal

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Author: Tim Hayes

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781250106179

Category: Nature

Page: 304

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Equine therapy has long been a staple activity for special-needs children and adults, and its physical benefits are evident. In Riding Home, Tim Hayes uses his own vast experience working with horses combined with scientific research to show us how and why horses and our relationships with them are also able to heal our emotional and psychological wounds. Riding Home provides riveting examples of how equine therapy has become one of today’s most effective, cutting-edge methods of healing where so often traditional therapy and prescription drugs have failed. The natural ability of a horse to accept, without judgment, a soldier with PTSD who has seen or done horrific things, and by so doing, express compassion and benevolent acknowledgment—often preventing suicide—is extraordinary. At-risk youth in equine programs find that horses don’t judge or criticize them, allowing them to express painful feelings for the first time. This is a book for horse lovers, but also for parents of teenagers who might be slipping into violence, crime, and drugs. It is a book for loved ones of soldiers returning from the war, a book for families of autistic children, and truly anyone who needs help or has lost their way. It is accessible, moving, and shows us a way to approach healing from an entirely new perspective. 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. This amazing power of horses to heal is accessible to anyone.

Horse: A Portrait

A Photographer's Life with Horses

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Author: Christiana Slawik

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781595435965

Category: Pets

Page: 192

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Award-winning photographer Christiane Slawik takes you on a worldwide tour to view her portraits of the most magnificent horses on the planet. The full-color, large format wall calendar features daily grids with ample room for jotting appointments, birthdays and reminders. Also includes four bonus months of September through December 2014; moon phases; U.S. and international holidays.

Farewell to the Horse: A Cultural History

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Author: Ulrich Raulff

Publisher: Liveright Publishing

ISBN: 1631494333

Category: Nature

Page: 480

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A surprising, lively, and erudite history of horse and man, for readers of The Invention of Nature and The Soul of an Octopus. Horses and humans share an ancient, profoundly complex relationship. Once our most indispensable companions, horses were for millennia essential in helping build our cities, farms, and industries. But during the twentieth century, in an increasingly mechanized society, they began to disappear from human history. In this esoteric and rich tribute, award-winning historian Ulrich Raulff chronicles the dramatic story of this most spectacular creature, thoroughly examining how they’ve been muses and brothers in arms, neglected and sacrificed in war yet memorialized in paintings, sculpture, and novels—and ultimately marginalized on racetracks and in pony clubs. Elegiac and absorbing, Farewell to the Horse paints a stunning panorama of a world shaped by hooves, and the imprint left on humankind. “A beautiful and thoughtful exploration. . . . Farewell to the Horse is a grown-up, but also lyrical and creative, history book, and I very much enjoyed it.”— James Rebanks, author of the New York Times bestseller The Shepherd’s Life

The Age of the Horse

An Equine Journey Through Human History

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Author: Susanna Forrest

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802189512

Category: History

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.