Book Bits



Discovering Natural Horsemanship
A Beginner's Odyssey

By: Tom Moates
© September 2006 by Tom Moates
ISBN-13: 978-1-59228-950-9
ISBN-10: 1-59228-950-9
The Lyons Press
246 Goose Lane
Guilford, CT 06437
Phone: (203) 458-4500
Hardcover 6"x9" 208 pages
Approx. $25 US

Tom's book brings back memories to those who have been there and done that, and prepares novices for what challenges may lie ahead. He bravely shares his own learning experiences with what he calls the Better Way, providing helpful tips, techniques, and training information. But he makes it clear that the human and the horse-human relationship develop together, and continue to develop. The way Tom presents these developments as they happened is what makes this book so fun to read - you won't want to put it down, and you will definitely learn something!


Holistic Horsekeeping:
How to Have a Healthy Happy Horse from Stable to Stadium

By Madalyn Ward, DVM
© 2006 Madalyn Ward, DVM
ISBN-13: 978-0-9779714-0-4
ISBN: 0-9779714-0-6
Myriah Press
Paperback 9" x 6",  157 pages
Approx. $20 US

In "Holistic Horsekeeping", Dr. Ward explains with clarity the difference between holistic healing and conventional medicine that everyone should read - especially all veterinarians. Palliation, suppression, and curing are also clearly explained. This book is a great horse-owner's manual for anyone involved in horses, from basic care to competition. Vaccinations, immunity, feeding, keeping, training, maintaining, troubleshooting, and lots more are covered - and there is a wealth of resources listed… a valuable, must-have book.




Paddock Paradise
A Guide to Natural Horse Boarding

By Jaime Jackson
© 2006 Jaime Jackson
ISBN: 0-9658007-8-4
Star Ridge Publishing
PO Box 2181
Harrison, AR 72601
Paperback 8.5"x11"
122 pages
Approx. US $27

For a new and fun approach to horsekeeping, check out this book - great ideas on paddock and trails systems for natural horsekeeping that maximizes horses' movement and therefore health. Based on wild horse herds' movements and behaviors, this book offers sound information and applicable ideas for any size property. Try it - the horses will like it!

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The Natural Superiority of Mules
By John Hauer

© 2005 by John Hauer
ISBN: 1-59228-864-2
The Lyons Press
PO Box 480
Guilford, Connecticut 06437
Hard cover, 10.5"x10.5"
152 pages
Approx. $30US

This is a fun book for people who like mules or would like to fall in love with them. Lots of pictures. A collection of articles and stories -- what mules are, how they can be used, fun things people have done with them as well as how hard they can work, how they are used in the 3rd world. Certainly added to my desire of many years to have a mule -- it seems they respond fantastically to natural horsemanship. Review by Marjorie Smith,


Beautiful Jim Key
The Lost History of the World's Smartest Horse

© 2005 by Mim Eichler Rivas
ISBN: 0-06-056703
HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022
Paperback 5.25"x8"
Approx. $15 US

This book is about the most intelligent horse that "ever looked through a bridle or munched oats". In his day, 1889-1912, Beautiful Jim Key entertained the world over with his extraordinary abilities - spelling, reading, writing, arithmetic, making change, and more. An orphaned foal, he was raised and taught with kindness. The author's descriptive writing style really takes the reader back in time. A wonderful book about the rarely heard of but phenomenal Hambletonian, Beautiful Jim Key.


Stepping off the Edge
Learning & Living Spiritual Practice

By Sandy Nathan
© 2006 by Sandy Nathan
ISBN: 0-9762809-8-1
Vilasa Press
PO Box 1316
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Paperback 6"x9" 294 pages
Approx. $19 US

Sandy's book has got to be one of the most fun to read books about spirituality ever written. She takes the reader along on her adventures with a down to earth approach and style that keeps the reader in touch - with both reality and spirituality. Informative, entertaining, and enlightening.


Black Beauty

By: Anna Sewell
© 1998 HarperCollins Publishers Inc.
ISBN: 0-694-01243-2
HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd St.
New York, NY 10022
Paperback 5"x7" 288 pages
Approx. $7US (includes necklace)

People of any age will enjoy reading and rereading this classic, one of the most moving horse stories of all time, written in the horse's voice, about  the horse Black Beauty, and his life's adventures. A necklace comes with this Charming Classic.




My Friend Flicka
By Mary O'Hara

All new material © 2003 HarperCollins Publishers Inc.
ISBN: 200210603
HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd St.
New York, NY 10022
Paperback 5"x7" 352 pages
Approx. $7 US (includes necklace)

This classic of a ranch family and the bond between a boy and a very special horse is still delighting readers of all ages. A necklace comes with this Charming Classic.




Phantom Stallion
Wild Honey: Can she find her way home?

By Terri Farley
© 2006 by Terri Sprenger-Farley
ISBN-10: 0-06-081539-6
HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd St.
New York, NY 10022
Paperback 5"x7.5" 320 pages
Approx. $5 US 

Another very entertaining book in the Phantom Stallion series, Wild Honey is about a special mare and a brave and clever girl who loves horses, nature, and all animals - what she uncovers and how she deals with it. A fun read for any age.