Cherry Hill's Horse Care for Kids: Grooming, Feeding, Behavior, Stable & Pasture, Health Care, Handling & Safety, Enjoying

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Here is the perfect book for kids who are eager to learn the essentials of equine care. Cherry Hill, who has spent her life learning about horses, teaches you everything you need to know to become a responsible and successfulhorse or pony owner. Beginning with how to match the right horse to the rider, and progressing through safe handling, grooming, feeding, stabling, and much more, this is the comprehensive horse-care book every young equestrian will use for years.

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Cherry Hill's Horse Care for Kids: Grooming, Feeding, Behavior, Stable & Pasture, Health Care, Handling & Safety, Enjoying

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Overview

Here is the perfect book for kids who are eager to learn the essentials of equine care. Cherry Hill, who has spent her life learning about horses, teaches you everything you need to know to become a responsible and successfulhorse or pony owner. Beginning with how to match the right horse to the rider, and progressing through safe handling, grooming, feeding, stabling, and much more, this is the comprehensive horse-care book every young equestrian will use for years.

Explains how to choose, understand, handle, feed, groom, shelter and pasture, and care for the health of a horse.

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Editorial Reviews

Horse Illustrated
“Hill’s comprehensive handbook…offers a treasure trove of information for young horse owners.”
The American Quarter Horse Journal
“…every sentence of this book contains need-to-know information in an accessible format.”
Children’s Bookwatch
“Hill’s comprehensive handbook…offers a treasure trove of information for young horse owners.”
Young Rider Magazine
“This book is packed with information on all aspects of horse care”
News Star
“A well-designed, very informative guide for young people who are dreaming about owning a horse or serious about caring for one.”
From the Publisher
“This attractive text is perfect for the horse-crazy novice in your family.”

“Cherry Hill’s Horse Care For Kids is comprehensive, reliable, and thoroughly ‘kid friendly’.”

“Horse Care For Kids has everything you need to know about looking after a horse or pony.”

Recipient of the ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award

Booklist
“A well-designed, very informative guide for young people who are dreaming about owning a horse or serious about caring for one.”
Publishers Weekly
Dedicated equestrians will want Cherry Hill's Horse Care for Kids by Cherry Hill. The comprehensive guide helps children and their parents choose the right horse and gives guidelines for safe handling and proper care. Full-color illustrations and photographs appear throughout; a glossary, index and extensive resource listings are also provided. Raptors!: A Kid's Guide to Birds of Prey by Christyna and Ren Laubach and Charles W.G. Smith guides bird watchers with information about their appearance, wingspan, call, habitat and more.
Children's Literature
At one time or another, practically every child has dreamed of owning, or at least riding, a horse. When that dream is about to come true, young equestrians need to know about the day-to-day responsibilities of owning such a complex animal. In this comprehensive guide, veteran horse trainer and educator Cherry Hill aims to teach kids everything they need to know to safely and enjoyably care for their horse. Sections include introductory guides to understanding horse behavior and body language, choosing a horse, handling a horse safely, and identifying various horse and pony breeds. In addition to the more romantic side of owning a horse, Hill's guidebook deals with the less savory aspects of equine care: manure cleanup, troubling parasites, and common diseases. Daily and seasonal schedules for horse care provide useful timetables for maintenance. Generously illustrated with line drawings of important details, paintings of horses (including a detailed two-page spread of the parts of a horse), and color photographs of real kids interacting with horses, the guidebook also includes a glossary and index. Information on horse shows and horse associations will help young riders become part of the larger equestrian community. 2002, Storey Kids,
— Norah Piehl
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-A book supposedly for families who are about to buy a horse and have no prior knowledge of horses or their care. Hill's tone seems almost condescending at times. People who know as little as the author assumes and take on the responsibility of horse ownership are in trouble, and this book does not offer enough information to get them out of it. There is some sound advice here, but it isn't appropriately written for a novice audience. In "Finding the Right Horse," readers are advised to "look for one with good training and manners and a soft eye." Unless they are fairly experienced, prospective buyers won't have any idea how to evaluate the animal's training or know what "a soft eye" is. Horse-loving young readers will be better served by Sandy Ransford's Horse & Pony Care (Kingfisher, 2002) or Jackie Budd's Horse & Pony Care (Gareth Stevens, 1998).-Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Booklist
“A well-designed, very informative guide for young people who are dreaming about owning a horse or serious about caring for one.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580174077
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 8/5/2002
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 197,247
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Cherry Hill is an internationally known instructor and horse trainer and has written numerous books, including 101 Arena Exercises for Horse & Rider, Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, How to Think Like a Horse, What Every Horse Should Know, and Horse Care for Kids. Visit her at www.horsekeeping.com, where you can find information on her books, DVDs, and horsekeeping knowledge.

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Chapter 1 - Understanding Horses

Horses are some of the most interesting and beautiful creatures on earth. If you learn as much about them as you can, the more you will think like a horse and the better horsekeeper you will be.

Horses behave the way they do partly because of how they evolved. For thousands of years before they were domesticated, horses roamed grazing and browsing. They were prey animals who banded together in herds for protection from predators.

Horses are horses. They are not people. Although you may want to kiss your horse to show him how much you like him, he might think you are acting odd and pull away suddenly. Or worse yet, he might nibble your lips to see if there is anything in them to eat, and you could be hurt. Your horse will be most comfortable when you do things that he understands. While he is learning more about you, you will learn more about what it's like to be a horse. For example, you will find that your horse will appreciate a good scratch on the withers or neck more than a pat on the nose.

You and your horse can be good buddies, but don't be careless. You must always pay attention, because, just when you least expect it, your horse might suddenly jump sideways and smash your toes. Never fool around when you are handling a horse, no matter how much you trust him.

Horses like to be near other horses. Horses that live in herds may become herd-bound. When you try to remove one horse from the herd, all of the horses may become nervous and try to stay near the horse you are taking away. Or, the horse you are trying to take away might stop and refuse to leave the herd. To prevent this, you should not let horses get too attached to each other. A horse that is kept in his own pen or paddock and is handled regularly by you will think of you as his "herd-mate" and will look forward to your visits.

If you have three horses together on pasture, one of them will be the "top" horse in the pecking order. When you feed them, the top horse will be the first one to get the hay or grain. That's why it is important to spread feed far apart so all three will get some. Otherwise, the "bottom" horse might not get anything. Sometimes horses bite and kick each other to prove who is the top horse. Don't come between two horses that are determining their pecking order or you might get hurt.

Horses are wanderers. By nature, horses like to roam around and take a bite of grass here and a bite there. This gives them exercise as well as a way to eat while they are on the move. If you put your horse in a pen or a stall, you must provide him with feed and exercise every day because he can no longer roam and take care of those things himself. If you confine your horse too long, he will become restless. Then, when you finally do take him out, he might be hard to handle because he has so much energy to burn. How would you feel if you had to stay in your room for a whole week!?

Horses would rather run than fight. If your horse sees something he thinks is dangerous, his instinct is to run away from it rather than face it. Your horse's ancestors survived for millions of years because of this instinct. When a mountain lion approached a horse in ancient times, the horse did not try to fight the sharp teeth and claws; he just broke into a gallop and tried to outrun the mountain lion. That's why some modern horses are so spooky and flighty. They imagine that a piece of blowing plastic or a huge rock might be an enemy in disguise. But even if a horse is afraid of something, his curiosity will usually get the better of him, and he will try to figure out what the unfamiliar object is. It might take quite a long time, but eventually a horse will walk up to a suspicious object, sniff it, and touch it with his nose.

Horses have keen senses. A horse keeps a watchful eye on everything around him and immediately notices when something changes. If your grooming bucket has been in one spot for weeks and you move it to the other side of the grooming area, watch your horse's reaction when you lead him into the barn. He might stop for a moment and get a look on his face that seems to say, "What the heck is going on here?" He may even whistle and snort a little while he figures out that the bucket is okay in its new place. A horse's senses protect him and help him identify and locate things.

A horse uses his sense of smell to identify people, other horses, and objects. Mares and foals bond with each other by their individual smells, and horses use smell along with vision to recognize objects and specific people. Your horse will learn to recognize your smell so that even in the dark, he can identify you.

Horses have better vision than you do in many ways. Horses are alert to even small changes around them. If a tiny squirrel moves in a tree quite a distance away, you might not see it, but your horse probably will. Also, your horse can see better at night than you can. But sometimes a horse has a hard time focusing his eyes to get a clear picture. He might have to raise or lower his head or tilt it to see certain things. Horses have blind spots, places where they can't see things unless they move their heads or bodies.

Your horse has excellent hearing. His ears can detect sounds above and below the range of sounds you can hear, so he will pick up sounds that you don't even notice. Sometimes a horse will jump when he hears a noisy truck or a high-pitched whistle — sounds that seem perfectly normal to you.

When a horse really wants to know what something is, he looks at it very intently, with his ears pointed toward the object. His ears act like funnels to catch even the faintest sound. Since horses have such good hearing, they can learn to distinguish your voice from other voices. And you don't have to talk loudly or yell at your horse. He can hear you fine when you are speaking in a low or normal voice.

Your horse can easily feel a fly crawling around on the tips of the hairs on his belly. Horses have a keen sense of touch, so you shouldn't use harsh aids with your horse. Often just fingertip pressure or a slight weight shift is all that you need. Your horse's nose, lips, and other areas on his head are very sensitive, so be very careful when handling them. Also, whenever you use a bridle on a horse, use light pressure with the reins.

Horses can be "A" students. They have a great ability to learn what we want them to do when we use proper aids. It takes a good horse trainer to make a well-trained horse, but once a horse knows, for example, that when you squeeze him with both legs he should trot, he will remember it for life. The horse's memory is almost as good as an elephant's!

Besides remembering good things, a horse also remembers bad habits. Be sure your horse does not develop bad habits; once he does, it will be very hard for him to "forget" them.

Beware of mares in heat. Once a month during the spring, summer, and fall, when a mare is in heat or "in season," she might have a period during which she is silly, grouchy, spooky, or even mean. Some mares are never grouchy, but if you have a mare that is difficult to handle when she is in heat, ask your veterinarian to examine her. There is a small chance the vet might find something wrong with the mare's reproductive system. Even if there is nothing wrong, it might be best to give such a mare a few days' "vacation" every month when she is in heat.

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Table of Contents

A Note to Readers viii

A Note to Parents ix

Understanding Horses 1

Finding the Right Horse 8

Horse Safety 28

Feeding and Nutrition 38

Grooming and Bathing 50

Shelter and Pasture 62

Health Care 70

Enjoying Your Horse 90

Appendix 98

Glossary 104

Recommended Reading 112

Index 113

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Horse care for kids

    I am in love with horses, I just got one for Christmas.Now I can learn everything I need to know about horses so that I can do all of the right things I need to for my own horse.!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

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    Posted March 12, 2013

    Horses

    I love horses i wish i had one but i have pet pigs LOL (theyre real!)

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    this is a very good book very understandable

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