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Backyard Horsekeeping: The Only Guide You'll Ever Need Paperback – October 1, 2004

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"Acton resident Joan Fry has turned out a responsible but entertaining manual. Fry adroitly covers hundreds of topics on horse-keeper basics. Even the advanced horse owner will benefit from Fry's insights."--Antelope Valley Press

"While comprehensive, it is the author's voice and commitment to detail that makes this book stand apart. She has a wry sense of humor that pops up unexpectedly and invites the reader to keep reading."--Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar

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More and more people are enjoying pleasure riding to the point of wanting to own their own horse. And with the cost and distance considerations of maintaining the animal at a boarding stable often an off-putting factor, the possibility of homeowners keeping a horse on their property becomes very appealing. But is it really possible—and practical?
According to Joan Fry, an experienced horse owner and longtime backyard horsekeeper, the answer, more often than not, is yes. Beginning with such initial qualifications as sufficient and suitable land and access to a veterinarian, farrier, and feed supplies, Fry leads the prospective backyard horsekeeper through constructing and furnishing a small barn, paddock and corral, locating and purchasing the horse, and then feeding, grooming, and otherwise tending to the animal’s creature comforts.
Of special value to both novice and experienced owners are the sections on feed, which takes into account the most up-to-date nutrition research; veterinary considerations; training your horse for safe and enjoyable trail riding; trailering; horse showing; and rider fitness.
Written with encouraging cheer and plenty of “horse sense,” Backyard Horsekeeping will lead the way to maintaining and enjoying your very own horse on your very own property.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592282490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592282494
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,364,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie D. Stone on May 19, 2006
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Joan Fry's book Backyard Horsekeeping has a subtitle - The only guide you'll ever need. And she's absolutely correct. With wit and wisdom, Ms Fry has written a very comprehensive book about all you'd ever need or want to know about horses before you buy one of your own. Sprinkled throughout the text are photos and drawings that serve to enhance your knowledge of the subject. It's definitely the first book you need if you're thinking of buying and keeping your own horse.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Weis on February 18, 2007
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Fry has written the most comprehensive, practical guide I've ever seen. I first bought my horse in July of 2006 and her book was one of the first one I checked out of the library. I didn't buy it at the time because I wanted to wait and see what other books were available and how I liked them before spending money on one. 6 months later, I was still stuck on "Backyard Horsekeeping: The Only Guide You'll Ever Need."

Fry's book covers everything from how much space you would need to keep one horse to nutrition to health issues to training. A lot of books are written for people who are going to have more than one horse or who are interested in showing their horse. I'm neither of those. Fry's practical advice will work well for any type of horse owner and is very comprehensive!

I LOVE this book!
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This book is FABULOUS, and the title is very accurate - it really IS the only guide you'll need. As someone who hasn't owned a horse in 30 years and just bought a place (in Burbank, CA) at which I can possibly keep a horse and, as such, am just in the pondering stage of doing so, it's as if she wrote the book for me. Indeed, at age 50, with no aspirations to show, just to trail ride, I seem to be the ideal demographic.

She's also an excellent writer in general and her prose reflects that; it's actually an entertaining read.

I've purchased 4 other books on the topic, but put them all aside when I found this one. Highly recommended.
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Easy to understand, not too stuffy or down-grading to the reader. Many practical ideas; the author covers all details very thoroughly and explains her opinions on the matter too. Down to earth with lots of pictures. I have many horse books, this one is one of the very best!
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