How to Think Like A Horse: Essential Insights for Understanding Equine Behavior and Building an Effective Partnership with Your Horse

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What's Your Horse Telling You?

Equine behavior makes perfect sense when you understand a horse's survival instincts and fears and know what makes him feel calm and confident. As noted horsewoman Cherry Hill describes your horse's basic needs, routines, and responses to sights, smells, sounds, and touch, you will learn to anticipate his reactions and adjust your training methods accordingly. Your lasting ...

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How to Think Like a Horse: The Essential Handbook for Understanding Why Horses Do What They Do

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Overview

What's Your Horse Telling You?

Equine behavior makes perfect sense when you understand a horse's survival instincts and fears and know what makes him feel calm and confident. As noted horsewoman Cherry Hill describes your horse's basic needs, routines, and responses to sights, smells, sounds, and touch, you will learn to anticipate his reactions and adjust your training methods accordingly. Your lasting reward will be a solid relationship with a curious, trusting, adaptable, and eager-to-please equine companion.

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Editorial Reviews

Southern HorseStyle
"…an eye opener…Hill's book is the essential handbook – not too technical yet seriously written from her 30 years of experience."
From the Publisher
“Any horse owner, from beginner to advanced, will find information of value in this book. The author's tone is authoritative without being condescending, and the layout makes it easy to grasp nuggets of knowledge even at a glance.”

Horse & Rider, March 2007

“If more of us read this book, there might be a lot less whip-cracking, bolting, and biting in our daily lives. BOTTOM LINE: Your horse suggests you pick this one up.”

Horseman’s Yankee Pedlar, January 2007

“Hill first guides the reader through the physical, mental, evolutionary and social processes that lead to common equine behavioral traits. She then relates how that knowledge can be applied practically and routinely at the barn to create an effective partnership between horse and human…In short, a multitude of considerations ultimately affect how well a human communicates with his or her horse when mastering new skills and Hill capably addresses them all with insights she's gained from her lifetime of equestrian experience.”

Western Horseman, January 2007

“Each chapter is packed with specific, sensible, and useful information on every aspect of the horse from the physical to the mental and from the emotional to the social.”

America’s Bridle and Bit, August 2006

“Packed with fascinating facts, it draws you in to the horse's world before you know it.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580178358
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 183,269
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.44 (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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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Becoming The Horse
Why Think Like a Horse?
• What a Horse Needs
• What Horses Don't Like
• Humans and Horses
• How to Become Part Horse

Chapter 2: The Horse's Senses
Vision
• Hearing
• Smell and Taste
• Touch
• Reflexes
• Proprioceptive Sense

Chapter 3: The Physical Horse
Seasonal Changes
• Digestive System
• Skeletal System
• Hoof Growth

Chapter 4: The Nature of the Horse
Bonding
• Pecking Order
• The Battle of the Sexes
• Horse Play
• Curiosity or the Investigative Behavior
• The Nomadic Lifestyle

Chapter 5: Routines
The Horse's Biological Clock
• Shelter
• Self-Preservation

Chapter 6: Good Behavior, "Bad" Behavior
The Spirit of the Horse
• Temperament and Attitude
• Natural Horsekeeping
• Domestication Pressures

Chapter 7: Horse Timelines
Life-Stage Characteristics
• Development Timelines

Chapter 8: Communication
Reading a Horse's Body Language
• The Subtleties
• Vocal Language
• How to Communicate with Your Horse
• Voice Commands

Chapter 9: Learning
The Brain
• Mental Processes
• Learning Principles
• Behavior Modification
• Behavior Modification Techniques
• Repetition
• Shaping

Chapter 10: Training
Training Philosophy
• Training Goals
• Physical Development
• Content of a Training Session
• A Typical Training Session

Epilogue
Glossary
Recommended Reading
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2006

    I Loved How To Think Like A Horse

    Cherry Hill always has great books that are both interesting and informational. I have several in my home library and this may be the most useful one that I own. The horse is so much more complicated than people realize and if you are able to understand what your horse is thinking then you will be able to be more successful in anything and everything you do with your horses. The book has been an excellent source of information for training my own colts and understanding what they are thinking when you are trying to get them to respond to what you are asking them to do. Cherry Hill is a great trainer and writer. She has a great way of explaining training procedures and offers excellent information on how to make training easier on both the trainer and the horse. Your horse will thank you for reading this book!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    How to think like SOME horses

    This book addresses a lot of common issues dealing with horses, but I do not agree with all the explanations and reasons given. It's a good place to start looking for answers about equine behavioral issues, but it is definitely not accurate all the time..

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2007

    Wonderful book!

    This is a delightful book full of information and insight from an often under-appreciated trainer. Cherry Hill covers everything from development to grooming to behavior to training. Information which is normally strewn across several horse books comes together in this single volume. This is a must-read for every horse enthusiast.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    e book diagrams not readable

    The print version of this book is great. However, the lettering on diagrams and charts in the e book version is unreadable. This seriously detracts from the usefulness of the booksl. Aannd yes I tried it onn severaldifferent coputers and nooks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    To expensive!!

    11.37 for a book absolutly not!!! XXXXXXXXXXX

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    great book

    good

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Highly recommended for a beginner rider like me.

    To me an essential part of horseback riding is understanding the horses likes and dislikes. This book covers those items on a physical level and a mental level.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

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    You know people who says this book is not good advice is wrong becouse this book is good and who dose write that this is good is r.i.g.h.t.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Wonderful book

    AH-MAZING i never read this book on my nook i am an horse lover and own the book mydelf. This book is very edicational and i learned a ton from it. I would recomend this ahmazing book to anyone who is so obsessed with horses that they just can't get the topic off of their mind. Thus book taught me alot and i stil go back and read it from time to time if i have unanswered questions. I also reccomend Horses for Dummies, and Horseback Ridding for Dummies. Both are wonderful books that also teach you some great facts. Have fun reading this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Very helpful and interesting

    I actually didn't read this on my nook. I own the book. I am an extreme horse lover and i recomend this to anyone. I find it very calming.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2008

    i love it!

    This book is amazing. It showed me all I needed to know about horses. It teaches us about horses hearing eyesight and pretty much feelings. It is amazing and I wish there was a continuation somehow

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