Horse & Pony Books
Gemma Hoggs' Stable Lass is a heartfelt memoir that reveals what it's like to work at one of the country's top racing yards.
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Gemma explains how despite the long hours and low pay, she finds her job incredibly rewarding: she works in the beautiful surroundings of Middleham in Wensleydale and the majesty of the horses makes up for any challenges she faces from humans.
She talks about the dangers, politics, in-fighting, romances and affairs that exist in the horse riding industry and also opens up about her grief after losing a horse. She also reveals all about the people she deals with - from straight-talking boss Mickey Hammond to millionaire owners and jockeys that starve themselves to lose weight...
Gallop your way to successful horse care with this comprehensive manual. Comprehensive, fully illustrated and up-to-date, "Complete Horse Care Manual" is a thoroughbred guide to horse care. An excellent working relationship with your horse is based on understanding and communication. These lie at the heart of this practical guide. From day-to-day upkeep, stabling, and grooming, to nursing a sick horse and first-aid techniques, this accessible handbook will appeal to all horse lovers. With over 650 specially commissioned photographs and diagrams, step-by-step sequences tell you all you need to know about caring for your horse. A detailed guide to ailments allows you to recognize common problems and deal with them efficiently. Practical suggestions for daily, monthly, and annual routines will ensure you keep your horse healthy and comfortable throughout the year.
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Geared at acheiving a healthier experience for both rider and horse, this guide to the rider's position focuses on the back and its importance in riding techniques. Addressing a complex interaction that is often overlooked, the book explains how a rider's back - in constant motion when seated on a horse- becomes one of the main channels of communication between horse and rider. Through anatomical lessons and excercises, it also teaches riders how to build stability by positioning their backs in the centre of the horse and improve mobility and control of the back in motion. A detailed training plan shows how to achieve a more effective and attractive riding position and how to deepen the connection between horse and rider.
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A fresh approach to a traditional subject, this handbook will prove an indispensable and definitive guide to pony care. Many of today's first-time owners--especially parents of pony-mad children coerced into buying a pony--have little or no experience with keeping a pony, and don't know where to start. Written specially for those with no prior knowledge, this valuable book offers straightforward, no-nonsense advice on a wide range of subjects such as stabling, feeding, watering, saddlery, grooming, safety, health, handling, grazing, and tuition. The aim is to educate and inform in a fuss-free way, giving novice owners the confidence and know-how they need to keep their pony happy and healthy.
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The true story of three men and their dreams for a racehorse -- Seabiscuit -- that symbolised a pivotal moment in American history, as the 20th-century's greatest nation found the courage to bet on itself to win against the odds. Now a major motion picture directed by Gary Ross and starring Toby Maguire and Jeff Daniels. In 1936 the habits of 19th-century America were finally consigned to history, just as Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" was published. In their place, modern America was born. But what defined this new era? Nothing more than the story of Seabiscuit, a stunted colt with asymmetrical knees that had for two years been hacked around no-good race tracks leading to permanent leg damage. Yet by 1937 Seabiscuit could draw crowds of 60,000 and had more newspaper column inches devoted to him than Mussolini, Hitler or Roosevelt, his popularity peaking during his appearances at the Santa Anita Handicap. America had gone to the races for the first time since the Depression and fallen in love with a misshapen colt of great character. Now it wanted a winner. 'Seabiscuit' is also the story of three men: Tom Smith, a former Wild West showman was the trainer; Red Pollard, abandoned by his poverty-stricken family at a race track became the rider; and Charles Howard, a pioneer car manufacturer in San Francisco in the 1920s was the owner and financier. These three combined to create the legend of Seabiscuit and epitomise a dream for the emerging new America.
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Get ready to be inspired, and learn to How to...Horse Ride! If you have ever dreamt about becoming the next Mark Todd or Zara Phillips, then "How to ...Horse Ride" is the perfect guide to set you on course for success. This book shows you 'how to' with simple step-by-step photographs and easy-to-follow instructions, from basic exercises and grooming techniques to more advanced cantering and jumping. The final section takes a look at the fun you can have with your riding, from the thrill of the show, to the discipline of dressage. Saddle up and learn to ride with this exciting new How to...You'll be galloping your way to the gymkhana before you know it.
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Anatomy is often said to be boring, but nothing could be further from the truth. Anatomy, particularly functional anatomy, is a vital and dynamic subject, an appreciation of which leads not only to superior husbandry and welfare, but also to a better understanding of the anatomical challenges associated with riding, training, overtraining, injury and rehabilitation. Using Alexa McKenna's fabulous illustrations, this book shows the correlation of the skeleton, muscular system and locomotion, providing a clear insight into the functional and dysfunctional horse. It also addresses the largely misunderstood concept of 'perfect conformation'and looks at the effect on function of the rider and tack, using cutting-edge diagnostic techniques such as thermal imaging and gait analysis. Again with the emphasis on the visual, readers will be able to appreciate how muscles function in differing athletic disciplines by analysing the heat generated in musculoskeletal structures after exercise. This will also highlight the importance of post-competition recovery. The book concludes with a range of useful techniques to improve the function of any horse, including stretches, taping, wrapping and other proprioceptive techniques to increase balance, flexibility, awareness and posture.
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This book is a must for anyone who would like to improve the health, wellbeing or performance of their horse. Practical, educational and easy to follow, the author shares with you the knowledge and skills you need to massage your own horse. Learn about equine anatomy, massage techniques, and how to combine the moves to develop a complete massage routine. With the emphasis on how you can work with your own horse, Sue offers an insight into how to reduce pain and stiffness in your horse as well as improve performance. Massaging your horse gives something back in return for all he does for you, and will help you and your horse to truly enjoy the time that you spend together.
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This is a fascinating 'inside-out' view of how the horse uses its body, presented by seeing internal systems painted on the outside to explain the complete anatomy of the horse. Gillian Higgins turns her original and highly visual technique of painting internal diagrams directly onto live horses to show the mechanics of horse movement and how it affects its performance and wellbeing. The horse's body can be organised into 11 complex interrelated systems that function efficiently to maintain life. Divided into 11 chapters, the book explains the importance and relevance of each anatomical system. Using high quality photographs and intricate paintings on live horses with top tips and fascinating facts this is the most visually appealing, original and easily understandable book on horse anatomy available.
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Gallop your way to horse riding success with this comprehensive and bestselling handbook. Perfect your equestrian skills with the "Complete Horse Riding Manual". Suitable for horse riders of all ages and all abilities it will guide you through every stage of the riding process from the first time in the saddle to mastering advanced riding skills. Revised and updated to include all the latest techniques and equipment, you'll find everything you need to know about dressage, show jumping, cross country and young horse training as well as how to find and develop your ultimate horse, all presented in spectacular visual detail. Professional tips on mental and physical preparation for both horse and rider from internationally renowned horse trainer, William Micklem, will ensure equestrian excellence - "Complete Horse Riding Manual" is a truly thoroughbred guide.
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Many horse owners dream of having a foal from their own mare. However, irrespective of the delights associated with this experience, the pregnancy of the mare and the growth of the foal demand a high degree of care, patience and knowledge. This practical manual provides a comprehensive guide on the subjects of breeding, feeding and husbandry of a mare and foal for the private horse owner. The reader will find all the necessary information about covering the mare, correct feeding during the late pregnancy and lactating period, the birth of the foal as well as the appropriate care of the foal. The author studied agricultural sciences with an emphasis on animal breeding and husbandry in Germany. She herself has owned horses for more than 20 years and underwent training to become a hoof specialist as a secondary career. * A practical illustrated introduction to horse breeding for absolute beginners.
The Value Seeker System searches out the best value bets each day from racing that takes place in Britain, using a copy of the Racing Post and following a strong set of statistics allied with some simple aspects of form. With practice, selections can be found within ten minutes each morning and placed before racing takes place. There is no reason to get emotionally involved betting on live racing as the author believes this is most punters' downfall. Professional punter Anthony Gibson's system has performed extremely well over the last ten years. In an 18-month period up to the end of 2014, his Value Seeker betting system has earned GBP138,000 to GBP100 bets. By following the system you could soon be backing good value winners overlooked by the general betting population.
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In this technically versatile tome, photographer Uli Weber shows his prowess behind the lens, mixing fine portraiture and reportage with animal and sport images in a wide spectrum of fine photographic craftsmanship. The majority of these stunning images were shot over the past six years at various manors and estates around Great Britain, as well as at the yearly Smithfield Horse Fair in Dublin. In a unique examination of the close relationship between humans and horses, The Allure of Horses takes readers on a journey across equine communities from the steeplechase to the thrill of the polo field to sidesaddle riding through the countryside on a warm summer's eve.
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In Mary McCartney s largest body of work to date she pays tribute to the extraordinary beauty of a white stallion, Alejandro. These portraits place the horse in the context of the rich, bucolic countryside of Sussex where McCartney grew up. Using a medium-format camera for formal portraits as well as 35mm and smartphone cameras for candid shots, she profiles equestrian life from on and off the saddle. These intimate pictures convey the special relationship between horse and rider and offer a profound insight into the connection that binds people to these majestic animals. The reader is taken through an ever-changing vista of lush green meadows, dappled forest trails, and nighttime forests, often using the unique perspective of rider on horseback to afford us the most compelling views. McCartney s knowledge of the landscape and her unique eye paint a loving and exquisite portrait of a horse and the equestrian lifestyle.
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Bob Langrish's World of Horses is the culminating collection of a master photographer who has traveled six continents in search of the most compelling horses in their habitats. From the Mongolian steppe to the South African desert, barrier islands to city streets, Langrish has recorded the lives and activities of these majestic and beloved animals. His images capture the grace and soul of horses in all shapes and sizes. Brisk, lively text by Olympic gold medalist Jane Holderness-Roddam accompanies each photo, relating the story of how horse behaviors and traits vary by habitat, as well as the sometimes frightening behind-the-scene details of Langrish's adventures. Dramatic, poignant, and personal, Langrish's photos are a testament to the ancient and abiding horse-human relationship.
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The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing tells the story of the "sport of kings" from its earliest inceptions to the present day. It provides essential information on all the top jockeys, from Lester Piggott and Frankie Dettori, to Bill Shoemaker and Michelle Payne, famous horses, their owners and trainers and more than a dozen of the greatest races around the world. In addition, there are features on every facet of racing. This book is the definitive work on "the horses", with every page a visually exciting and information-packed celebration of the sport. It is as invaluable to the fan who follows racing on television as it is for racecourse regulars, administrators and the media.
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Remarkable Racecourses is a beautifully presented collection of the world's most striking racecourses. Lavish photographs and informative text show why each racecourse is unique, whether it's the oldest, longest, shortest, most southerly, most northerly, most beautiful or most extraordinary. Among the 70-plus racecourses included are Laytown in Ireland (the only race run on a beach under Turf Club rules), St. Moritz in Switzerland (which takes place on a frozen lake), Pukekohe Park in New Zealand (which is located in the centre of a motor racing circuit), Cartmel in Cumbria (where spectators enjoy the action from the centre of the circuit) and Epsom Downs in Surrey (which is a left-handed, open-ended, horseshoe-shaped course). The book travels across continents, from rural England to Outer Mongolia, to bring you the most astonishing racecourses on the planet. Remarkable Racecourses features more than 70 racecourses including Aintree, Ascot, Baghdad Equestrian Club, Beirut Hippodrome, Birdsville, Cartmel, Champ de Mars, Capannelle, Chantilly, Cheltenham, Chepstow, Chester, Ellerslie, Epsom Downs, Flemington, Goodwood, Hamilton Park, Happy Valley, Hialeah Park, Iffezheim, Kernic Bay, Laytown, Longchamp, Mahalaxmi, Maisons-Laffitte, Meydan, Moonee Valley, Newmarket, Pontefract, Pukekohe Park, Santa Anita, St. Moritz, Tokyo, Turffontein, Woodbine.
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100 major horse racing venues with detail of each one's history and heritage from BBC journalist, Cornelius Lysaght. Text is accompanied by contemporary photography and detailed diagrams created by Collins, the world-leading publisher of maps and atlases, making it an essential purchase or gift for any horse racing fan. The book features each track in regional order, starting with the famous Epsom Downs course in England then taking in renowned locations such as Churchill Downs, Royal Ascot and Flemington Racecourse, all the way up to the state-of-the-art Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. More unusual and lesser known courses are also featured including the Pardubicka in Czech Republic, St Moritz in Switzerland and Ngong in Kenya. Each course is accompanied by an array of statistics and the latest photographs from these scenic venues. It also features alphabetical and `by country' indices for ease of reference.
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At one point in her life, Dorothy Paget was described by journalist Quintin Gilbey, as 'so much in the public eye that she became, apart from royalty, the best-known woman in the land.' Synonymous with Golden Miller, perhaps the greatest racehorse ever to jump a fence, Paget ploughed fortunes into racing and breeding, buying - despite never visiting - the Ballymacoll Stud in Ireland. She also happened to be the biggest gambler ever to walk the turf. Living an eccentric lifestyle, she would spend most of the day in bed and rise at night, placing bets with bookmakers and their staff, specifically employed for these late night duties. She was even allowed to place bets on races that had already been run the previous day. This is the long overdue telling of the life of an extraordinary, larger-than-life character, of great interest to social historians, racing fans, and to those fascinated by gamblers, gambling, eccentrics and absolute one-offs.
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Palio is a richly illustrated celebration of the legendary Italian horserace. Showcasing specially commissioned photography, epic film stills and rare archival images, Palio is Italy in microcosm. This authoritative volume shows not only the civic ritualism and rich symbolism of this extraordinary event, but how "the game" is played both on and off the racetrack. For the "assassin" jockeys and the passionate Sienese - il Palio e vita - the Palio is life. The Palio movie will launch worldwide in October 2015.
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Horse racing is the second-most attended sport in the United Kingdom behind football, with over 6 million visitors each year. While it has a core support of those who go many times through the calendar, a far higher percentage will probably attend only once or twice and can often find the experience overwhelming. The Horse Racing Manual guides the reader through a first day at the races, explaining all the elements and considerations, from what to wear to placing a bet. Unlike other books on the market, it takes the reader further and goes `behind the scenes', providing explanations into the physiology of the horse and where it comes from, the processes and people involved in leading it to become a racehorse, the breeders, farriers, owners, trainers and jockeys.It would also cover placing a bet and the best ways of finding a winner, the rules of racing, the different types of races and racecourses around the world. The manual would centre upon the UK but, subtle differences aside, would broadly translate for racing in other countries worldwide - including the USA, Australia, France, India, Ireland.
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Claude Duval, who retired as The Sun's racing correspondent in October 2016 after 47 years, has a unique insight into the Sport of Kings. He watched all the `greats' in action from Arkle to Frankel and marvelled at the exploits of riding sensations from Lester Piggott to Tony McCoy. He has experienced some hilarious moments on his world-wide journeys and reveals the inner secrets of the turf's top trainers like Sir Henry Cecil, Martin Pipe and Peter Easterby. He was the last surviving member of The Sun from the very first day when Rupert Murdoch started the red-top tabloid in November, 1969. He has previously written widely acclaimed books on Lester Piggott, Willie Carson, Pat Eddery and Tony McCoy.
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In his deeply personal account, Rupert Isaacson tells the amazing story of his autistic son and his transformation through the healing power of horses. From his home in Texas to the wilds of Mongolia, we follow the Isaacson family on an epic journey on horseback - a journey that would test their love, challenge their beliefs and change their lives. This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60 per cent of the author's work and as low as 30 per cent with characters and plotlines removed.
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