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How to Think Like a Horse
The Essential Handbook for Understanding Why Horses Do What They Do
by Cherry Hill

181 pages - 7 1/2" x 10" - Full color photos and artwork

How to Think Lke a Horse by Cherry Hill

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I’m a 53 yr old grandmother whose life long dream has been to own a horse of my own. Recently, that dream has been realized and I once again have the “fever”. I picked up your book “How to think like a Horse” and I am so ready to get to the barn with a whole new outlook on understanding my guy. Wish I could ride with you. Ever grateful, DZ


"...very easy for readers to understand." - LuckyGrl, www.reviewstream.com/

How To Think Like A Horse is a nice little book by Cherry Hill. Cherry Hill has authored many horse books in order to help owners and riders and she is highly esteemed in the horse world. Cherry Hill is also a rider and equestrian. What I like most about her publications is how simply she delivers information so everything is very easy for readers to understand. How To Think Like A Horse is written to help horse owners, riders and enthusiasts to understand how horses think and process information. Many people are under the misguided belief that equines process and relate information like humans do. Not true! Horses are flight animals that historically were prey for predator animals. So horses have their own unique ways of relating to situations which may frustrate owners and riders because the humans just do not understand what the horse is thinking. How To Think Like A Horse helps everyone who loves horses to get into a horse’s mind and be better equipped to manage situations that occur. Cherry Hill delivers in her usual, bare bones style that makes it so easy to get what she is saying. I really like the easy to read format of How To Think Like A Horse and it is my opinion that if you want an quick way to get into your horse’s mind, read this book.


"...written with keen insight..."Amazon.com reader

If I were a horse, I would want this author to be my "keeper." This book is written with keen insight and clearly communicated to anyone who owns a horse, rides a horse or has dreamed of galloping across a great meadow as free as the wind. I highly recommend this book.


"You can't go wrong..." Amazon.com reader

Cherry Hill's books are always very useful and easy reading. She has a way of stating things in a very simple but informative way. You can't go wrong with her books. This book is great if you have a casual interest in learning about horse behavior. It gives a lot of basic logic behind why horses do what they do.


"...an excellent source of information for training..." Amazon.com reader

Cherry Hill always has great books that are both interesting and informational. I have several in my home library and this may be the most useful one that I own. The horse is so much more complicated than people realize and if you are able to understand what your horse is thinking then you will be able to be more successful in anything and everything you do with your horses. The book has been an excellent source of information for training my own colts and understanding what they are thinking when you are trying to get them to respond to what you are asking them to do.


"Your horse will thank you..." Amazon.com reader

Cherry Hill is a great trainer and writer. She has a great way of explaining training procedures and offers excellent information on how to make training easier on both the trainer and the horse. Your horse will thank you for reading this book!


"Highly recommended for any level horse rider." Amazon.com reader

Great book. Bought it for my 14-year-old who thinks she knows it all. She has learned some interesting facts and applies that to her own horse. It has made her understand the horse instead of just reacting. Highly recommended for any level horse rider. You will learn at least one thing you didn't know before you picked up this book.


"...I have gained enormous knowledge..." Amazon.com reader

This is a must for beginner riders or anyone who wants to understand horses. The material was very useful to me as a beginner rider, as well as, understanding what I need to know to ride my horse. Cherry Hill presents her knowledge in a way that is easily understood even by beginners, and has helped me greatly in knowing about my horse. I feel that I have gained enormous knowledge, and am grateful for such a book. I feel it has made a difference in how I relate to my horse. Thanks Cherry!


"...a must-read for every horse enthusiast." Amazon.com reader

This is a delightful book full of information and insight from an often under-appreciated trainer. Cherry Hill covers everything from development to grooming to behavior to training. Information which is normally strewn across several horse books comes together in this single volume. This is a must-read for every horse enthusiast.


"...packed with information." Amazon.com reader

I have purchased many books on horses and riding, but Cherry Hill's "..Think Like a Horse" explained and reinforced so much more about what I was questioning and experiencing with my horse. It is certainly a wonderful resource for "newbies" like myself who have discovered the wonders of horse at a late age, but I believe it also holds a lot of insights for the more experienced riders/owners who care about knowing their horses at least as well as they ride/show them. I was looking for something to explain a particular change in my horse's behavior (after eye exams, blood work etc turned up negative) and I believe I found it in Ms. Hill's book. Winnie and I thank her for sharing her knowledge and wisdom in a book packed with information.


"I love the book." Amazon.com reader

Received the book in a very quick time....I love the book....finished it in 3 days....Thank You


"...a good refresher for riders..." Amazon.com reader

I am a beginning horse rider. Not only is it a valuable resource for me, but I imaging it would be a good refresher for riders who may have forgotten some of the finer attributes of the horse.


"... pure gold."   The Gaited Horse, Spring 2007

Nothing short of a lifetime of observing horses firsthand compares to the education of horse behavior in this book. It is pure gold. Hill knows horses; she also knows where people most often fall short in understanding them. Every "how" is preceded by a clear "why". Your perspective shifts to that of your horse as you begin to understand his or her mind and body. The goal is to "become the horse" The style is personal and clear, with examples pulled out into bulleted lists, which makes it easy to tie all the information together mentally.


"... see the world from a horse's point of view."    Horse & Rider, March 2007

Noted horsewoman Cherry Hill, author of more tha 25 previous books about horses, helps you learn to see the world from a horse's point of view. She provides chapters that cover such subjects as how equine senses work, the effects of temperament on behavior, life-stage characteristics, and how to read a horse's body language. The pages are lavishly illustrated with clear drawings, photos, and easy-to-follow charts.

Any horse owner, from beginner to advanced, will find information of value in this book. The author's tone is authoritative without being condescending, and the layout makes it easy to grasp nuggets of knowledge even at a glance. Juli S. Thorson


"Your horse suggests you pick this one up."   Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar, January 2007

Don't you often look at your horse and wonder "What is he thinking?". You don't need to call that animal psychic; just pick up Cherry Hill's new book.

How to Think Like a Horsesheds light on the horse's body language, biological programming, and behavior in different situations. You'll better understand why horses spook, how to be a considerate groomer, and, more broadly, how to modify your behavior on the ground and in the saddle to build better communication with your equine partner.

This book gives you the opportunity to get to know your horse on a whole new level. By understanding the biological and behavioral forces that drive him, you can build better communication. How many hours have you wasted desperately trying to catch your horse in the pasture? By thinking like a horse, you'll be able to understand why he does it, and how you can change your behavior to break the vice. The book is peppered with personal stories, charts, photos and drawings, and definitions of technical words throughout. If more of us read this book, there might be a lot less whip-cracking, bolting, and biting in our daily lives.

BOTTOM LINE: Your horse suggests you pick this one up.


"... an appealing read, as well."    Western Horseman, January 2007

Prolific author Cherry Hill, in her preface of How to Think Like a Horse, makes clear that doing just that isn't an exact science, but a developed skill that requires hands-on experience in addition to intellectual information. She provides both in her book.

Hill first guides the reader through the physical, mental, evolutionary and social processes that lead to common equine behavioral traits. She then relates how that knowledge can be applied practically and routinely at the barn to create an effective partnership between horse and human.

Among the topics addressed in How to Think Like a Horse are: equine biological clocks, life-stage characteristics, body language, learning principles, behavior modification techniques and more. In short, a multitude of considerations ultimately affect how well a human communicates with his or her horse when mastering new skills and Hill capably addresses them all with insights she's gained from her lifetime of equestrian experience.

How To Think l.ike a Horse is an appealing read, as well. Ample white space makes the text easy on the eyes, and numerous and colorful charts, diagrams and photographs are equally easy to reference. Sidebars concisely target pertinent information or reference Hill's hands-on personal experiences with a variety of horses. F.S.



... I have gained enormous knowledge ... January 10, 2007, Oak Harbor, WA

This is a must for beginner riders or anyone who wants to understand horses. The material was very useful to me as a beginner rider, as well as, understanding what I need to know to ride my horse. Cherry Hill presents her knowledge in a way that is easily understood even by beginners, and has helped me greatly in knowing about my horse. I feel that , and am grateful for such a book. I feel it has made a difference in how I relate to my horse. Thanks Cherry! - Lillian Copeland "Lynn Copeland"

... Your horse will thank you for reading this book ... December 22, 2006, Amarillo, TX

Cherry Hill always has great books that are both interesting and informational. I have several in my home library and this may be the most useful one that I own. The horse is so much more complicated than people realize and if you are able to understand what your horse is thinking then you will be able to be more successful in anything and everything you do with your horses. The book has been an excellent source of information for training my own colts and understanding what they are thinking when you are trying to get them to respond to what you are asking them to do.

Cherry Hill is a great trainer and writer. She has a great way of explaining training procedures and offers excellent information on how to make training easier on both the trainer and the horse. ! - V. Mellema


...Amazing!... August 2006, Algood TN

Awesome. Incredible. Understandable. Loved It!!! I am a beginner and am buying a horse. My horse trainer has said everything like Cherry Hill in this book. Amazing! T.W.


...non-forceful... July 2006, Lewis Center OH

Super - Clear - Interesting - Informative - Practical - Thorough - Non-Forceful. G.H.


...this is By Far the Best... October 2006, Newalla OK

Everyone who owns a horse should have this book! It is a great reference guide from "A" to "Z" about horses. It is easy to understand and the colorful pages and examples reinforce the information given. I have read a lot of horse books, this is by far the best! S.K.


...one of the best books about horses that I've ever read... June 2006, Minneapolis KS

This book by Cherry Hill was actually one of the best books about horses that I've ever read. Very intersting and a lot of things we horse women need to know. T.B.


...a book I have a hard time putting down... July 2006, Buckle TN

Great Book! It has so many qnswers to my questions. It is a book I have a hard time putting down. Thanks! D.M.


...she truely cares... July 2006, Parkesburg PA

This book has great information in it. I respect the author for her understanding training methods. No Force. She truely cares about the horse's well-being as well as their relationship with the rider. S.A.


...love her stories... August 2006, Corrigan TX

Really like the author. Love her stories from her own life. Feel like I know her. Very good book; very insightful. J.M.


"... packed with specific, sensible, and useful information on every aspect of the horse ..."
                    America's Bridle and Bit, August 2006

Horses are complex creatures that experience the world in an entirely different way than do humans, yet over thousands of years, people and horses have forged unbreakable bonds. As herd animals, horses are predisposed to accept leadership and form a partnership with a trainer or rider. If humans can learn to interpret their body language, understand their social cues, and figure out what drives their behavior, that partnership becomes infinitely deeper and richer.

In How to Think Like a Horse, renowned author, trainer, and judge Cherry Hill brings more than 30 years of experience to explaining the nature of the horse. In simple, straightforward language, she describes what horses like and don't like and discusses the physical and evolutionary forces that shape equine behavior. In chapters such as "Becoming the Horse," "The Horse's Senses," and "Good Behavior, Bad Behavior" Hill explains why horses may react to certain stimuli in ways that don't make sense to us but are perfectly normal from an equine point of view. She discusses the importance of thinking like a horse, not human, and describes ways to respond to typical horse behavior.

After exploring a horse's mental processes and instincts, the author presents strategies to use this information to develop an effective partnership. The final three chapters on "Communication," "Learning," and "Training" will deepen any horse lover's understanding on this magnificent creature and strengthen any rider's bond with her mount.

Filled with full-color photos and illustrations that illuminate the behavioral descriptions and examples, each chapter is packed with specific, sensible, and useful information on every aspect of the horse from the physical to the mental and from the emotional to the social. Clear and well-presented boxes on a variety of topics such as vices, dental development, and equine reflex areas add to the text.

About the Author: Cherry Hill is an award-winning author of more than 30 horse books, including the best-seller Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, and more than 1,000 articles for various publications. She is an internationally known instructor and horse trainer and has been a judge for several national breed organizations.


"... a very accessible readable book on horse behavior."    Knight Equestrian Books:

Subtitled "Handbook for Understanding Why Horses Do What They Do", this is one equine behavior book that should really appeal to young riders. Packed with fascinating facts, it draws you in to the horse's world before you know it.

For instance, when Cherry Hill explains what types of sounds worry horses, she evokes the experience of a horse riding in a trailer - the truck noise, road sounds, trailer dividers and latches rattling, and so on. She goes on to present a chart listing the volume in decibels of common sounds a horse might hear, from leaves rustling at 20 decibels, to a jackhammer or a gun at 140 decibels. She makes the reader aware of how things sound and feel from the horse's perspective which, in turn, helps us humans work better with our horses.

The book covers senses, physical needs, herd social behavior, vocal and body-language communication, individual temperaments of horses, life-stage characteristics, and how horses learn. Filled with drawings, charts, diagrams and photos, this is a very accessible readable book on horse behavior.

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