From the Author
Firstof all, I'd like to thank you for taking a moreactive role in caring for your horse, and in choosing my book to broaden yourknowledge. I've been around horses my entire adult life, and raised and trainedmy mare Athena. I am not a veterinarian, a farrier, or a "certified" horsetrainer, but I have learned a great deal over many years and in owning severalhorses. I don't claim to be an expert; every day I spend with my horse teachesme something new. The information in my book is not meant to replace the adviceof a professional, but simply to educate others on the basics of caring for anaverage horse. I've done my best to give accurate information, including brandnames of many products designed for use with horses. I've included a glossaryof terms at the back of this book to help you understand some of the horseyterms you may come across. Any word you see underlined in the main textwill be found in the glossary of terms. It's my hope that in some small way, Ican help to reduce the number of cases of "accidental" owner neglect ormistreatment of horses in this country. Perhaps the parent of a child who says,"I want a horse!" will read this and realize, "Gee, I don't think we can managethis"; or maybe even, "Hey, we can probably handle it!". If you're the latter,I encourage you to do more reading, talk to a vet or farrier, people at thefeed store, online horse communities, or even the neighbor down the street whohas horses. Learn as much as you can about your equine responsibility, and therewards can be great. Make yourself the very best horse parent you can be!
From the Back Cover
Follow along with Athena the horse as she explains the basics of keeping a horse in your backyard. She'll teach you the basic necessities of caring for your equine friend, from what kind of fencing you can use, to tips and tricks for keeping water thawed in winter weather, and even fun stuff you can do with your horse. Keeping a backyard horse can be fairly simple, and even if you have a tight budget, it can be done!