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Keeping a Backyard Horse Paperback – September 1, 2014
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Marguerite Madden was born August 19, 1975 and has written stories as long as she can remember. She's married with 2 teenage daughters, three dogs, and a horse. She's the author of Once Upon a Western Way and My Butterfly Cancer. She is a cancer survivor, battling leukemia in 2013. She currently lives in a small country town in southeast Missouri where she continues to write.
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Top Customer Reviews
Since I knew about this book because it was running in an award competition where one of my books ran too, I decided to polish up my knowledge about horses; because I am trying to make a great impression so I get invited again.
This is a very cool book, not fancy but PRACTICAL!!!
For instance author Markie Madden writes,
"... The price of a bale of hay depends on its size, type of hay, and where you live. In west Texas, hay ranges from $14 for a small square bale of alfalfa to $130 for a large alfalfa round bale. Here in Missouri, bales are generally grass hay (often Bermuda), and can cost around $5 for square and up to $60 for a round bale..."
That's the kind of advice I like. Don't tell me a rose-colored, fluffy "this is easy"-story, give me facts and numbers, so I can figure out if this works for me.
And, here the kind of advice that's good for me,
"... Aside from sweet feed, you can also buy oats, whole or cracked corn, commercially-prepared supplement feeds, or so-called “complete” feeds. These types of feeds are not absolute requirements, and should never (except for those marked ‘complete’) be used exclusively, in the absence of hay..."
Now that I read this, I can look smart when I visit my friends; I won't ask any stupid questions. Who knows, maybe they even let me ride a bit, if I look really educated.
Markie Madden starts with how to bring a horse home and get her accustomed to the new home, covers everything from food, cleaning, vet care, vaccinations, injuries, saddles, even toys for horses (didn't know that they exist) and having fun with a horse.
All in all this a fabulous, concise book for people who are thinking about getting a horse, or (like me) visit somebody with horses.
Highly recommend. 5 stars,
Gisela Hausmann, author & review expert
This book is chocked full of information a newbie would need before acquiring a backyard horse. Imagine that, a backyard horse. Yeah, this fed the imagination. Don't know if a 65-year-old has any hope of starting out with a horse, especially with my osteoporosis. But I can dream, can't I?
Okay, the only thing I did find a problem with beyond the possibilities, is that this book attempts to be written from the horse's point of view. Unfortunately, it doesn't hold true very long. I think the author would have done better by not incorporating this idea. The changing viewpoints made me dizzy. That is the only reason I am not giving this book five stars. Because other than that method of writing, the book was quite interesting. And made me wish...
This book does a real service in giving potential horse owners realistic a understanding of what to expect. An extremely valuable resources! Sadly, there's no way to keep a horse in an urban apartment, so I enjoyed the book vicariously!
Everything from, stalls, feed, health and hoof care, behavior issues, and talking to the horse in it's own way.
This is a must read for anyone who wants or has a horse.