The Joy of Keeping Horses: Th Ultimate Guide to Keeping Horses on Your Property

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The Joy of Keeping Horses is a celebration of how to best keep happy and healthy horses at home. With an emphasis on the differences between owning a horse at a boarding stable and keeping that same horse at your own small farm, this beautiful, clear guide is written specifically for horse lovers who are considering taking the plunge into farm ownership. 

Jessie Shiers lays out all the important facts and information, from purchasing property and building facilities to ...

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Overview

The Joy of Keeping Horses is a celebration of how to best keep happy and healthy horses at home. With an emphasis on the differences between owning a horse at a boarding stable and keeping that same horse at your own small farm, this beautiful, clear guide is written specifically for horse lovers who are considering taking the plunge into farm ownership. 

Jessie Shiers lays out all the important facts and information, from purchasing property and building facilities to daily grooming and nutritional needs. Shiers also dispels some common myths and misconceptions about horses, and answers questions the novice owner may not know to ask. Along the way, she shares anecdotes from her own experiences and from interviews with other horse owners that demonstrate the main reason people choose to keep horses: the joy they bring to the lives of their owners.

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Jim Wofford
“This book is the connection between mankind's mystical connection with horses, and the realities of buying and caring for those horses.
A useful book for anyone who owns a horse, and an essential book for the first time horse buyer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616084240
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 775,657
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessie Shiers is an author and editor who lives on forty-three acres of field, forest, and swamp in Norway, Maine. She and her husband and daughter share their farm with three horses, twenty three chickens, a dog, and a cat. She is the author of several horse books including 101 Horsekeeping Tips, 25 Projects for Horsemen,
and Knack: Grooming Horses.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Farm

1 The Search for a Farm 16

2 The Barn and Facilities 23

3 Management and Maintenance of Facilities 49

4 The Realities of Horse Ownership 69

Part 2 Finding a horse

5 Riding Styles 88

6 Types of Horses and What to Look For 107

7 Horse Shopping 128

Part 3 Horse Care

8 What All Horses Need 142

9 Feeding and Nutrition 165

10 Grooming and Daily Care 182

11 Veterinary Care and Hoof Maintenance 203

12 Handling and Riding 219

Resources 243

Index 245

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