Horse book reviews

This year I am going to start a trial with reviewing horse (training) books on my blog. We all like reading and learning, otherwise you wouldn’t be here.

I like books and books about horse behaviour and horse training are my favourite. I always want to know before-hand if the book I am interested in, is really what I expect from it. That’s why I start by reading the table of contents contents of a book, because that will tell me so much about if it really covers what I expect from the title.

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I have read many reviews and I reviewed many animal books in my job as editor at a publishing house that was specialized in books about pets. I always appreciate an honest opinion in a review, so that is what I am going to do in mine. I will end my reviews with my personal opinion and recommendation.

Note: I don’t get paid for my opinion nor for providing links to places to purchase the books I review. The reviews are purely meant to provide information.

My book reviews will follow a specific order:

  • Title of the book
  • Author
  • For who the book is meant
  • Number of pages
  • Price
  • Publisher
  • Content
  • My personal opinion of the book
  • Recommend this book?
  • Where to buy this book

Is there a specific horse book you would like me to review, let me know and I will look into it.

Book reviews
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Weekly Photo Challenge: silhouette

When I came across the WP Weekly Photo Challenge with the theme Silhouette I browsed through all my horse pictures and found this beauty.

Reflecting on 2015 and earlier years I realize that Kyra and I have been on a wonderful journey since 2009. I am enjoying every day of it.

This is a picture taken in July 2009. Kyra trots in front, the Arabian horse on the left is Ziggy. Behind Ziggy and Kyra you can spot the lovely fluffy ears and mane of Mees.

In the background, behind a ditch, you can spot the herd of yearlings watching our ponies run.

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Ziggy, Mees and Kyra 2009

 

2015 was a wonderful blog year for me. Thank you all for following, commenting and sharing.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Photo challenge: Now

WP weekly photo challenge ‘Now’

I like this picture I took today. Kyra has changed a lot over the years. She changed from a feral filly, dark brown and scared to a confident, human oriented, grey mare.

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I love the horse wreath on her door and the Christmas decorations. Every one in the barn add some Christmas stuff, so when we have the December potluck the stall is very festive decorated.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Eye

In response to the WP Weekly Photo Challenge. Today’s topic is “Eye”. I have made many eye pictures of horses over the years. I find it very difficult to photograph them in an appealing way. Here are my best shots.

I like this one because of the light.

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I like this one because of the horse in the background.

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I like this one because of the colour and the horses’ spirit.

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Take a look at my other photo challenge ‘Close Up’ in which I posted a picture of Kyra’s eye.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio

In response to the weekly photo challenge ‘Trio‘ I selected two pictures I took in 2009.

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Kyra, Ziggy and Mees eating hay

 

In December 2009 Kyra shared a paddock with another mare Mees and a gelding named Ziggy. They made a lovely trio.

Kyra was 1,5 years old, the other horses where 2,5 years old. They had their own happy mini-herd and we, the three owners, where very happy with this arrangement too. They where the only horses on the premises that where not locked in 23/7. It just reminds me of a really happy time in my life!

These pictures are taken in Hoogkerk, Groningen, The Netherlands.

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Kyra, Ziggy, Mees (the tallest horse is in fact the smallest)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed

Today I made a picture of me and Kyra while I was making a video of our training for my online clicker training course. Kyra is always curious if I bring my camera.

The photo perfectly fits the theme Shadowed.

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Safety in Winter: DIY reflection halter

Visibility in these dark winter days is important. I made this very simple Do It Yourself reflection halter for Kyra.

Supplies
1) Halter

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– Reflecting shoe laces $1 (dollar shop)

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– Glue gun

Instructions

Cut the aglets off of the lace before you start.

Measure the shoe lace with the halter part you want to start with. Cut the lace at the desired length.

Take the glue gun and carefully put the glue on the halter. Push the lace until glued.

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Be careful not to burn your fingers. Don’t use too much glue because it will spill.

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Go to the barn and make a picture of your horses’ upholstered halter.

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What do you do to increase your horses’ visibility in winter?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Treat.”

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Related ‘treat’ posts:

Training with treats

Prevent mugging because of treats

Magic of using different kind of treats

Have fun trick or treating tomorrow!

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10 Funny Halloween Horses

Since Halloween is coming up I was thinking about dressing up myself and my horse Kyra. Here are some ideas I found:

#1 Spider costume

This one cracked me up! I think this one is scary for most horses too. Really original!

#2 Wet Paint

Only funny if you know something about horse colours.

#3 Shrek, the Donkey and Fiona

Hope the green came of easily, Fiona.

#4 Three kings

I wish I had 3 cuties like these ones! Adorable!

#5 Knight and Dragon

Love these little dragons! And what a handsome knight in shining armour!

#6 Harry Potter and Hermione

You can see the magic happen!

#7 KISS

Just love it! Now you know how old I really am!

#8 Headless Horseman

Really scary Halloween costume without too much work. Must be able to ride one-handed.

#9 Little Bo Peep

If you have too many cotton balls lying around.

#10 Sherrif

Isn’t this sheriff adorable or what?

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For all the people who are horse-less, I found this costume.

Happy Halloween! Send me a picture of your horse costume and I will add it!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy Place (with my horse of course!)

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Happy Place.”

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As long as I am with my horse, I am in my Happy Place. It doesn’t have to be riding, also sitting and watching my horse in her herd makes me happy, doing chores at the barn make me happy, training my horse makes me happy. Just being with my horse…

It takes my mind off of everything. I am in total Zen Mode: in the moment. That is why horses are good for the soul. My soul. Thank you Kyra for being here.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Beneath Your Feet.”

The assignment was to look down and capture the ground beneath your feet.

I never made a picture from this point of view riding my horse. Thank you for watching.

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It was quite challenging because I made the picture with my phone. It was hard to sit still, focus and operate my new, big slippery phone with one hand without letting it fall into that ditch you don’t see in the picture.

The feeling that represents this picture is ‘proud’:

-I am proud that I managed to make this picture the way I pictured it, despite the difficulty making a picture with my phone in one hand.

-I am proud to accomplished training my horse the way she is. She is very cooperative and sensitive and she knows so much already. She is only seven years old.

-I am proud that I changed my training methods over the years from traditional to Natural Horsemanship to positive reinforcement to train my horse. You can see Kyra enjoying her reward in this picture.

-I am proud that I accomplished my search for the Holy Grail: a saddle with a perfect fit for horse and human, high quality and beauty. I am enjoying my saddle and my Spanish stirrups every day I look at it or use it.

Related posts: Creepy, Close Up, Connection, Inspiration Today was a Good Day.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Connection

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Connected:”

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Horses love to be connected: to their herd, their friends, to nature, to other animals and to people. They are very good at it, too.

Related posts WP photo challenge:
Today was a Good Day
Close Up
Inspiration
Creepy

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10 funny horse cartoons

It is the weekend. Time to enjoy and have some laughs!

The 10 funny horse cartoons have moved!

Find the 10 Funny Horse Cartoons here: https://clickertraining.ca/10-funny-horse-cartoons/

More fun

Are you in the mood for more fun? Take a look at the 10 funny horse photos  I selected or the 10 Funny Halloween Horse costumes

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Weekly photo challenge: Today Was a Good Day

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For the Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day” I chose this picture of Kyra. It is taken today, and is was a good day.

We had a lovely morning ride today. The weather was sunny, there was a nice breeze and Kyra did her best, as always. After the ride and her shower she rolled down. For me a moment to enjoy, too.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Creepy

Het is de larve van een paarden horzel (dit komt dus uit die gele eitjes die ze in de herfst op de benen hebben)

Larva of a horse bot fly  (Gasterophilus intestinalis)

This is what Kyra pooped out after I dewormed her for the first time. ‘Ewwww! What is that thing?’ is what I thought in horror. I had never seen such a thing and it had been living in my horse! I figured it was some kind of parasite. I loathe parasites!

What could it be? It didn’t look like a worm. I’ve seen different kinds of worms before and this didn’t look like any of the worms I encountered. This thing looked very creepy to me, especially because I had no idea what this was. After some Googling at home, I found out it was the larva of a horse bot fly  (Gasterophilus intestinalis).

This larva is between 1/2 to 3/4 inch (1,27 to 1,91 cm) long and in the picture I put my hoof pick next to it, for comparison. The idea of these larvae living in my horses stomach creeps me out!

If you want to know more about the horse bot fly and its life cycle click here.

Sleep tight tonight and don’t let the bot flies bite… Brrrr

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration

For the weekly Photo Challenge I chose this picture.

This is what me inspires every day: Connecting with a horse. From heart to heart.

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This picture of me and a wild Dartmoor foal was taken in a moorland called Dartmoor in Devon, England. This moment was very special, because he was deciding if he could trust me. He showed his trust by reaching out to me to touch my hand with his velvet nose.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Close up of Kyra’s eye

The Weekly Photo Challenge of WordPress is Close Up. Every Friday there is a new theme. I liked this one, so I made a picture of Kyra’s eye because I am fascinated by the blue edging in her brown eye.

Next time you come close to a horse, take a good look and see if that horse has a similar edging. WordPress_weekly_photo_challenge_macro_horse_iris_by_HippoLogic

You can’t see it in this picture, but horses have very special shaped pupils too. Sometimes they look like little clouds. Beautiful.

Sandra Poppema

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