Licensed by the National FFA Organization, our acclaimed series of How to Raise guides has helped countless first-time animal owners across the United States confidently care for their new companions. In this freshly updated second edition of How to Raise Horses, you’ll find all the information you need to raise and train any type of horse imaginable: the show horse or the racing steed, the draft horse or the companion, the friendly mount or the breeding stallion. Brother-sister writing duo and 4-H alumni Daniel and Samantha Johnson expertly walk you through all the basics on health care, breeding, housing, exercise, feed and nutrition, and raising foals. With clear and informative instructions, fully illustrated with beautiful how-to photography, How to Raise Horses continues to be an essential primer for the newcomer to horse care and a classic on any horse lover’s bookshelf.
About the Author
Daniel Johnson (Phelps, Wisconsin) and his sister, Samantha, have collaborated on a number of rural-living guidebooks, including How to Raise Rabbits and Beginner’s Guide to Beekeeping. Both are 4-H alumni and live on the family farm, Fox Hill Farm, in far northern Wisconsin. Daniel is a professional photographer whose work can be seen at www.foxhillphoto.com.
Samantha Johnson has been raising rabbits since she was 11 years old. A freelance writer who is a certified horse judge and works on the family horse breeding farm, Samantha wrote the books The Field Guide to Rabbits and How To Raise Horses.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: So, You Want a Horse . . .
Chapter 2: Choosing Your Horse
Chapter 3: Getting to Know Your Horse
Chapter 4: Feeding Your Horse
Chapter 5: Housing Your Horse
Chapter 6: The Healthy Horse
Chapter 7: Raising a Foal
Chapter 8: Enjoying Your Horse
What People are Saying About This
Tack ‘N Togs Merchandising, April 2007
“An essential resource for newcomers as well as veterans.”
Ride, October 2007
“Approved by the FFA, this guide will prove invaluable to a young person who is just becoming involved in raising and caring for a horse.”
ANIMAL PEOPLE, animalpeoplenews.org, Oct. 29, 2007
“The utilitarian titles and the Future Farmers of America logo on the covers of How To Raise Chickens, How To Raise Cattle, and How To Raise Horses conceal and camouflage a wealth of indications inside about how profoundly animal advocacy is beginning to influence animal agriculture.”
This book will help you choose the right horse and will give advice on how to feed, house, and care for it. You'll learn how to stock your stable with the proper equipment, how to understand your horse's emotions and methods of communication, and how to communicate clearly with him in return. We'll introduce you to breeds, colors, markings, and general terms, as well as conformation. We'll discuss the options that face you if you decide to raise a foal and give you insight on breeding options. And, last but not least, we'll show you how to have fun with your horse! This book is designed to present the reader with an enjoyable experience by clearly illustrating the major points with attractive photography, and to present an overview of all aspects of horse care. We hope we have succeeded and genuinely wish you the very best in your horse endeavors.