The Problem-Free Horse by Claire Lilley
Problems when handling your horse can happen to any owner at any time and can be a result of thoughtlessness, fear or simply just not knowing the right thing to do at the right time. A badly behaved horse is a danger to himself, you and anyone else who handles him. Through good management, you can re-educate your horse, or, preferably, avoid dangerous habits developing in the first place; it is much easier to prevent a likely problem than to spend weeks or months on remedial training.
The author has a lifetime’s experience of working with many different horses, all individuals with their own temperaments. Each horse has its own quirks and fears, but common to every horse is the need to be handled confidently and sensibly and this book is packed with advice on how this can be achieved.
Immensely practical and accessible, the book covers topics such as stable manners, control, leading, grooming, farriery, tacking up, clipping, loading, behaviour in the field; and because working with your horse from the ground is invaluable to building a rapport and encouraging good responsive behaviour, there are chapters on lungeing, long-reining and loose schooling.
Tackling both prevention and cure, The Problem-Free Horse is a common-sense guide on how to cope with all the little difficulties that can turn the euphoric dream of becoming a horse owner into an uncontrollable nightmare.