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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (September 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764597973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764597978
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Horse lovers will flock to this volume, which is chock full of down-to-earth, practical advice. While much of the information would be useful to anyone involved with horses, this book is really for the prospective horse owner who is just starting out. The novice will find the book easy to use, as each chapter stands on its own as a source of information about a specific aspect of horse ownership. Users can refer to the topic they need, and important sections are marked with icons indicating "Tip," "Warning," and "Remember." There is even an indicator for "technical stuff" that the beginner may not need to know. The book's coauthors are a veterinarian and an editor of an equine magazine, respectively, and both are well versed in the intricacies of horse ownership. They are careful to point out matters of protocol, those things that are always done a certain way in the horse world, though often for no apparent reason. A worthwhile purchase for public libraries.ADeborah Emerson, Monroe Community Coll., Rochester, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Features new full-color photos and online resources

Train, care for, and have fun with your horse

If you're crazy about horses, this hands-on guide is all you need to giddy up and go. Featuring updates on breeds, boarding, nutrition, equipment, training, and riding, as well as new information on various equine conditions, this resource shows you how to keep your horse happy — and take your riding skills to the next level.

Discover how to

  • Select the right horse for you
  • Feed, groom, and handle your horse
  • Recognize common horse ailments
  • Have fun in the saddle
  • Get involved in equestrian competitions

More About the Author

Audrey Pavia is a former editor of Horse Illustrated magazine and an award-winning freelance writer specializing in equine subjects. She has authored articles on various equine topics in Western Horseman, The Trail Rider, Thoroughbred Times, Horses USA, Your New Horse and Young Rider magazines. She has authored six books about horses.

In addition to her experience as an equine writer, Audrey is also a former managing editor of Dog Fancy magazine and a former Senior Editor of the American Kennel Club Gazette. She has authored more than 1,000 articles on the subject of animals, and has written 17 books on various kinds of pets.

Audrey has been involved with horses since the age of 9. She has owned and cared for equines throughout her life, and has trained in both Western and English disciplines. She currently resides in Norco, California, with her two Spanish Mustangs, Rio and Milagro.

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Easy to read and understand.
Paul H. Harlacher
If your even thinking about riding or getting a horse....Read it!
Kayla Clark
This book is great for beginners or advanced riders.
Betty Jane

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
I was honored to be able to review an early copy of this book -- and proud to give an endorsement quote. I'm a lifelong horse-lover, and I used to ride a great deal. (I have a once-broken bone to prove it from a jump I went over without the benefit of my horse!)
Horses are complicated -- to understand, to buy or lease, to care for, to equip, to train and to handle. Audrey's book does a wonderful job explaining it all, and her love of these marvelous animals comes through on every page.
If you dream of horses, this is a book you must have!
-- Gina Spadafori, Universal Press Syndicate pet-care columnist, author of "Dogs For Dummies" and co-author of "Cats For Dummies" and "Birds For Dummies."
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58 of 73 people found the following review helpful By K. Perdue on March 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
As I've gotten back into horseback riding, horse care, etc., after many years and am now starting over again... this book provided me with all the information I need to get started and covered every possible subject of horse care for the beginner. I found it to be reader-friendly, informative, and it is responsible in that it covers all the basics in not only riding and enjoying your horse or lesson experience, but also touched on all the topics of horse care, tack care, tacking up, mounting, tips on buying one's first horse, etc. It's a must read for those who are either getting back into riding, looking into purchasing or leasing a horse, or for the first time equestrian enthusiast. Buy the book...you won't be sorry!
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33 of 46 people found the following review helpful By petsits.com on May 14, 2004
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My husband & I decided to buy horses on a whim, but we knew we'd have to do alot of learning before we were ready to buy our first horse. Out of the many (many, MANY) books we bought, this book clearly stood out. It taught us ALL the basics, and was a wonderful referrence guide for all our questions as we got through the first 3 years, going from boarding to moving out to our own land. This book is a MUST HAVE for beginners, and worth more than the asking price. When I lent it to my cousin, I counted the days (actually YEARS) until she gave it back - once a month there was something I wanted to look up quick!
For more advanced horse people, or casual rent-a-horse riders, this book may be too basic. It covers everything from care, to buying, to everything about owning a horse. Not advanced concepts, or anecotes, or riding styles, etc.
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41 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Cortland Kirkeby on March 3, 2002
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Having just turned 46, I find myself smack dab in the middle of my "Billy Crystal" phase. Although I don't have a pet bull suburban jogging companion, rescued from a cattle drive, I do feel the urge to realize a lifelong dream of getting actively involved with horses.
Horses For Dummies has proven to be an excellent guide, covering a variety of necessary topics from barn construction to horse shows to euthanasia.
To get some horse care experience without spending a fortune, I started volunteering for a local "Hippotherapy" therapeutic riding academy -- which I learned about from reading this book!
I've been reading this book compliments of my local library and will be purchasing my own copy soon. If you're just getting started, as I am, this book is excellent.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 2002
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I loved this book and it's very helpful! It explains everything in a way anybody could easily understand, yet it's not boring! I would definitely recommend this book to anybody thinking about buying a horse or anyone who just wants to learn more about horses!
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1999
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My wife and I have recently begun to ride.To our utter amazement we have finally found a sport that we both enjoy. As our lessons progressed, I realized that I would need to do some independent research both for reenforcement of procedures as well as theacquisition of additional knowledge. I have never used any of the "Dummy" books but as I scanned the racks this book seemed to cover most of the topics that I was interested in. The book is absolutely marvelous. It's very easy to read and some difficult concepts are explained very simply for the novice. I would unequivically reccommend it for all beginners. I would also offer my thanks to the authors. Fine job ladies.
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32 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 27, 2005
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HORSES FOR DUMMIES does an excellent job of introducing the horse lover to the ins and outs of horses and horse ownership. The book paints a fairly accurate picture of all that is involved in getting started, covering the gamut of gadgets and tack necessary, a variety of veterinary issues, housing, feeding, training...you name it. A good, sound preliminary overview.

The one drawback to the book is that the authors go way overboard with trying to help the reader assess whether horse ownership is a realistic option. It seemed to me that they had perhaps seen some severe situations where people bought horses that really shouldn't have and they then vented their frustrations into this book. As a result they, in some cases, use a sledgehammer to swat the horse fly when a fly swatter would suffice. If taken too literally the book would be titled YOU DON'T REALLY WANT TO HAVE HORSES, DO YOU? and drive everyone except diehard cowboys away from even considering owning horses. Yes, owning horses is a big responsibility but I have only heard of a few extremely rare cases where horses truly suffered as the result of unprepared owners.

However, I see this as a minor thing. Read the book for the great information that it imparts and don't let the stump speeches about whether you are ready to own a horse by the authors get in the way.

THE HORSEMAN
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