(In no particular order)
- 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)
Colorado Trail Riding
Riding Colorado, Books I, II and III by Margi Evans, available from Amazon.com, Murdochs and a few other local dealers. Excellent resources for trail riders for day trips and overnights!!
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” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQUMAJCh1fA&feature=youtu.be
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
Natural Horse Supply has an archive of excellent online articles.