About the Book

About the book Real Life with Horses

The 185 page book gives the reader a general understanding of the following subjects:

  • How to find a horse to suit you.
  • Why things might go wrong?
  • Setting up and looking after a paddock.
  • Grooming
  • Equipment: helmets, boots, halters, lines, sticks and whips; saddles and saddle pads; bits, bridles and bitless; and covers.
  • Feeding
  • Health care, including some emergency scenarios like dealing with colic
  • Hoof care: barefoot, hoof boots, and shoeing.
  • Horsemanship basics
  • Confidence building
  • Riding out and about
  • Horse floats

Included in each chapter are a few links and ideas for further information, as volumes have been written about each subject. Read an excerpt below.

The book is written in a fun, readable way with stories and input from many different horsepeople.

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Chapter 11 – ‘Confidence to go’ – Excerpt

Isn’t it unbelievable how these huge powerful animals carry us safely at breakneck speed? That takes trust, on both sides.
Your horse hobby is supposed to be fun, and it can be fun. Life is too short to sit on your horse and cry. Even then, loss of confidence is a huge issue for riders. Many lose their previously unshakable nerves after having children, an injury, getting used to a new horse, or just ageing another year and realising that we don’t bounce so well any more. I know of people who have ridden at a high level in the past, who now find even riding in a familiar environment can make housework seem appealing.

Let’s start by being positive! What are the things you can do? You can spend time with your horse, give them a scratch and breath in that warm, earthy scent. You may be able to have a pleasant ride around your neighbourhood. Why is it our human nature to focus on what we can’t do rather than what we can do?
Give yourself a pat on the back for doing what you do, and take the time to enjoy it.
Sometimes we allow our dreams slip, and we have many good reasons for it. I have a friend who got a horse so that she could go trail riding: due to a series of events she lost confidence, stayed at home and from time to time rode around the paddock. In the end it wasn’t that much fun. Try to remember what your dream was! The only way to get there is to go out of your comfort zone, and survive.
Be honest and very specific about what scares you. It may be picking up your horse’s hind feet. It may be the idea of getting into a big area and the horse bolting. It may be that your horse can throw a couple of bucks at a canter transition. Once you have identified the part of riding that worries you, think about a process to fix it up, step by step. Approach and retreat works for humans as well as horses.