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.
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
For who the book is meant
Number of pages
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.
In response to the weekly photo challenge ‘Trio‘ I selected two pictures I took in 2009.
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.
Kyra, Ziggy, Mees (the tallest horse is in fact the smallest)
Happy Halloween! Send me a picture of your horse costume and I will add it!
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Sandra Poppema, B.Sc.
I help horse owners get the results in training they really, really want with joy and easy for both horse and human. I always aim for win-win!
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Happy Place.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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
This is what me inspires every day: Connecting with a horse. From heart to heart.
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.