In-Hand Harmony

Books, Articles & DVD’s

(In no particular order)

Hoof Health

Pete Ramey’s:

  • Making Natural Hoofcare Work For You (I found this to be a particularly helpful resource!)
  • Horseowners Guide To Natural Hoofcare (I haven’t read this one yet)
  • Care and Rehabilitation of the Equine Hoof (I haven’t read this one yet)

Feet First: Barefoot Performance and  Hoof Rehabilitation by Nic Barker & Sarah Braithwaite (good for basic information on whether or not to choose barefoot)

The Barefoot Horse: An Introduction to Barefoot Hoof Care and Hoof Boots by Lucy Nicholas

“The Strasser Controversy: A Guide for Newcomers to Barefoot” by Yvonne Welz

Colorado Trail Riding

Riding Colorado, Books I, II and III by Margi Evans, available from, Murdochs and a few other local dealers. Excellent resources for trail riders for day trips and overnights!!

General Reference

Keeping A Horse The Natural Way by Jo Bird

Horsekeeping On A Small Acreage by Cherry Hill

The Visual Dictionary of the Horse from Eyewitness Visual Dictionaries

For Pleasure (& Information)

BUCK Documentary (DVD)– if you haven’t seen this yet, it is a must.

The Faraway Horses by Buck Brannaman

Mark Rashid’s Considering The Horse, Horses Never Lie, and A Good Horse is Never a Bad Color, among others.

A beautiful reminder, an hour-long full-length video online, “The Path of the Horse”


Horses Never Lie: The Heart of Passive Leadership by Mark Rashid — as always, Rashid’s books are a delightful read. The concept of “passive leadership” was especially meaningful to me with what I’ve been observing and thinking about watching other trainers, and with my own path. I do, however, wish he’d had a better proofreader for this one.

Dancing With Horses by Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling

Natural Horse-Man-Ship by Pat Parelli

“Liberty & Horse Behavior” dvd’s by Linda and Pat Parelli

Linda & Pat Parelli’s “Level One” and “Level Two” home study dvd’s (the ones I love are a second generation from Pat’s original vhs versions)

True Horsemanship Through Feel 2nd Ed. Bill Dorrance & Leslie Desmond

True Unity: Willing Communication between Horse and Human by Tom Dorrence, edited by Milly Hunt Porter

Lyons on Horses by John Lyons

Equine Fitness by Jec Aristotle Ballou. I bought this book after watching Jec’s clinic with the Western Dressage Association of Colorado (WDACO). I really like Jec’s approach to horses and I just love the cards in the back of this book. I grab the ones I want and put them on a carabiner to take out to the arena. Here’s her description of the book:

Get your horse in shape and maintain his overall fitness, regardless of his age or abilities. Equine Fitness shows you how, with a simple conditioning program made up of fun exercise routines specifically designed to enhance your horse’s strength and agility. Clear, step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations make the exercises easy to follow, and the book includes a handy set of pocket-sized cards that you can tear out and use while on horseback or in the ring.

Centered Riding I and II by Sally Swift

Cavalletti: The Schooling of Horse and Rider over Ground Poles by Ingrid & Reiner Klimke

The Handbook of Jumping Essentials by Francois Lemaire de Ruffieu

Equestrian Yoga Home Practice DVD by Danny Chapparo of Ashva Yoga

Natural Horse Supply has an archive of excellent online articles.


Riding into the sunset Long Beach, WA (2006)

Riding into the sunset
Long Beach, WA (2006)