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Recommended Reading

I do not endorse all things in the following books, however I think they are all a good learning tool.

Dancing With Horses

Author: Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling

Review: Communication through body language. Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, having studied how horses use body language to communicate, uses this visual language to develop an innovative and inspirational training programme for every rider. – This book is a must for you if you want to deepen your relationship with your horse!

Considering the Horse

Tales of Problems Solved and Lessons Learned

Author: Mark Rashid, Ron Ball(illustrator)

Review: For people who want to learn a quiet way to resolve training problems. In this book Mark Rashid, through his entertaining short stories, will give you a whole new perspective from the Horses point of view!

A Good Horse is Never a Bad Color

Author: Mark Rashid, Bonnie Ebsen-Jackson(foreword)

Review: Mark Rashid uses short stories to get his teaching across to the reader. Stories include tales of Arabs, Appaloosas and Paints which are often misunderstood, so mistreated and mistrusted. This book also tells of horses bound for slaughter because they are considered untrainable. It is an inspiration – if you have a problem horse, after reading this book you may give your horse another look.


Healing For Horses

Author: Margrit Coates

Review: Healing Horses: The Essential Guide to Using Hands-On Healing Energy.

A Must if you want to improve the well-being of your horse.

Horse Follow Closely

Native American Horsemanship

Author: GaWaNi PonyBoy, Gabrielle Boiselle

Review: GaWaNi PonyBoy is a native american horseman.
His book makes a very attractive “coffee table” accessory, but it is much more than this to anyone who wants to improve their relationship with their horse. It is a magnificent book that illustrates traditional training methods, full of stunning colour photographs, it is a true inspiration for all horse lovers.

The Tao of Equus

Author: Linda Kohanov

Review: In The Tao of Equus, author Linda Kohanov intertwines the story of how she awakened to the spiritual presence of horses with compelling mythology, research and personal anecdotes. The result is an extraordinary story of healing and communication that turns our conventional understanding of these amazing creatures upside down.

Horse Sense and the Human Heart

Author: Adele von Rust McCormick, Ph.D., Marlena Deborah McCormick, Ph.D.

Review: Can horses really teach us to be better human beings? In this groundbreaking work, you will discover that the answer is a resounding "Yes".

A Modern Horse Herbal

Author: Hilary Page Self

Review: In an age of advanced medical technology, this book serves as a timely reminder that Nature holds remarkable healing powers and can provide a simple solution to many of the health problems seen with increasing regularity in horses today.

What Horses Reveal

Author: Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling

Review: An illuminating look at how to recognise and respect a horse's true character and the relationship that can develop from a common understanding.

Horses Don't Lie

Author: Chris Irwin

Review: In Horses Don’t Lie, Chris Irwin, one of the most successful horse whisperers in North America, shows us that horses have much to teach us about ourselves when we strive to understand their behavior. Based on more than twenty years of working with, training, and observing horses, Irwin explains why trust and honesty are essential elements in building relationships with horses, and why the sensitivity and awareness that characterize a horse’s perception of the world are qualities we can use to enrich our own lives. “A horse knows what you know,” Irwin reminds us, and in Horses Don’t Lie his message is clear: Horses have a great deal to teach us about how to communicate with empathy and patience—not only with them, but also with each other.

The Art of Horsemanship

Author: Xenophon

Review: This is believed to be the first horsemanship book ever written around fourth century BC.

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