Horse Bookshelf – Recommended Books About Horses for Equine Enthusiasts

Recommended Reading for Horse Enthusiasts

  Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage

by Cherry Hill

Effective management requires knowledge, dedication, and a sincere interest in the well-being of horses. In this thoroughly updated second edition of her best-selling classic, Cherry Hill explains how to be a responsible steward of the land while providing horses with the best care possible.

Drawing on decades of personal experience and recommendations from hands-on Extension agents throughout North America, Hill provides detailed, practical information designed to help readers develop and refine their “horsekeeping consciousness.”

A thorough understanding of horses is critical to good horsekeeping, so Hill begins by explaining the behavior and the physical and emotional needs of the horse. She encourages readers to choose a management method that fits their lifestyle and locale. She then explains how to maximize efficiency through careful planning of facilities and implementation of diligent management routines that keep horses happy, healthy, and safe.

Well organized and generously illustrated with color photographs and instructive plan drawings, Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage is packed with information that horse owners need. Acreage selection, layout design, and checklists for daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal management routines are just a few of the essential topics covered in this invaluable reference.

  Blessed Are The Brood Mares

by M. Phyllis Lose

When Blessed Are the Brood Mares was published in 1978, no other single
source existed that contained such a wide range of information on the care of the breeding
mare from mating, through gestation, to foaling and nursing, and on the care of the young

Now there is: the second edition of this classic. M. Phyllis Lose, V.M.D., internationally respected for her knowledge and expertise in equine medicine, has revised and updated her book throughout to take into account the improvements and changes that have taken place in equine pediatrics since Brood Mares was first published. Here now is the latest information on drugs, medications and immunizations and an all-new chapter on difficult births (dystocia).

Dr. Lose explains the problems that can arise and how you can safely intervene and safeguard the well-being of the mare until the veterinarian arrives. She says that “problems encountered at any time can be solved in almost every case, if the owner or caretaker will learn what to avoid, how to prevent mistakes, and most important, when to summon the veterinarian.” Even those with years of experience can still learn from this book, with its seventy-five all-new photographs and drawings. Dr. Lose’s language is technical enough not to insult the professional breeder, yet simple enough for the first-time breeder to grasp. She speaks with unmistakable authority but also with compassion for the mare. “Cows and women are tough,” she says, “mares are delicate.” The dual goals of a successful birth and a well-cared-for mare and foal are more likely to be achieved when you have this extraordinary book giving you all the help you’re likely to need.

  The Whole Horse Catalog
by Steven D. Price, Gail Rentsch, Barbara Burn, David A. Spector, Werner Rentsch

The Whole Horse Catalog, the definitive horse guide, is now completely revised and updated
to include everything from advances in nutritional thinking to sources on the World Wide

With hundreds of illustrations and a detailed, easy-to-understand text, this new
edition of The Whole Horse Catalog is the one-stop book for all your equestrian needs.

Where to look for a horse

  • How to select a horse
  • How to choose stable construction and furnishings
  • Horse health care, feeding, and grooming
  • Tack: from bits, bridles, and saddles to halters and harnesses
  • Apparel and new equipment advances for riders
  • Equestrian sports for participants and spectators alike, including ideas for “holidays on horseback”
  • Equestrian magazines, organizations, and Web locations

Filled with advice and contacts, The Whole Horse Catalog is a complete resource guide for the novice and experienced equestrian alike.