Stable Smarts: Sensible Advice, Quick Fixes, and Time-tested Wisdom from an Idaho Horsewoman

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You Can Never Be Too Stable Smart!

Whether you've been working with horses for 4 months or 40 years, there's always something new to learn from other horse people — a quick tip or handy timesaver that's new to you. Heather Smith Thomas practices hundreds of these useful tidbits, gleaned over a lifetime of working with horses day in and day out. Gathered here in a readily accessible handbook, they will generally improve and simplify the quality ...

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Overview

You Can Never Be Too Stable Smart!

Whether you've been working with horses for 4 months or 40 years, there's always something new to learn from other horse people — a quick tip or handy timesaver that's new to you. Heather Smith Thomas practices hundreds of these useful tidbits, gleaned over a lifetime of working with horses day in and day out. Gathered here in a readily accessible handbook, they will generally improve and simplify the quality of life on a horse farm, while saving time and money in ways you never thought possible!

Hundreds of handy hints will help you:

- Select the best-quality hay

- Get your finicky horse to eat

- Make your own water tubs and carriers

- Choose the right bedding for your stall

- Protect and repair the stitchery on your leather tack

- Tie a makeshift hackamore

- Prepare homemade pest repellents

- Learn quick fixes for damaged fence boards, insulators, and loose wires

- Know the ins and outs of trailer hitches

- And become smarter about every aspect of horse care and keeping!

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Editorial Reviews

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“…sensible advice, quick fixes and time tested wisdom from the famed Idaho horsewoman.”

American Small Farm

“A lifetime’s experience is contained in the pages of this handy book.”

The American Quarterhorse Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580176101
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 949,096
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Smith Thomas raises cattle and horses on her family ranch in Salmon, Idaho. She is the author of 10 books and thousands of articles on animal health care. Her books include Essential Guide to Calving, Getting Started with Beef & Dairy Cattle, and Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle.

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Table of Contents

1 Feed & Water: Hay - Grain - Feeding Management -Treats & Supplements - Water

2 The Barn: Barn Construction - Ventilation - Keeping Stalls Clean & Safe -Feeders & Waterers - Tack Rooms - Pest Control - Barn Fires - Composting

3 Fencing: Fence Construction- Gates & Latches - Maintenance & Repairs

4 Tack: Leather - Saddles & Bridles - Halters - Blankets, Saddle Pads & Bandages - Repairs & General Maintenance

5 Grooming: Grooming Basics - Manes & Tails - Feet - Bathing

6 Health & Medication: Checking Vital Signs - Administering Medication - Household Remedies - First Aid - Boots & Bandages

7 Foaling Season: The Birth - Nursing - Early Handling - Growing Up Healthy - Weaning

8 Trailering Horses: Loading & Unloading - The Trip - Truck & Trailer Mechanics - Driving a Trailer

9 Knots & Ties: Handy Knots, Ties & Hitches - Tying & Staking - Rope Bridles

10 Handling & Riding: Catching & Leading - Aids for Restraint & Control - Bridling a Horse - Mounting - Warming Up - Going through the Paces - Careful Cooling Out - Winter Riding

11 Miscellaneous Matters: Flies & Other Pesky Insects - Hooves & Shoes - Stopping Bad Habits - Around & About

Additional Reading

Index

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

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    The most useful horse book on my shelf!

    Of all the horse books I own (and believe me, I have a lot), this has been the most useful one. The author gives you all kinds of tips and tricks, such as grooming, medical care, and stuff you can make at home or use in a pinch to halter a horse, make a bandage, etc. No horse owner ought to be without this book!

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