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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

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What’s Your Horse Telling You?

Sudden or seemingly bizarre equine behavior makes perfect sense when you consider that horses are acting on survival instincts and fears that have been in place for millions of years. But one of the many great characteristics of horses, one that can make them such wonderful partners, is that they can so easily adapt to our world.

Once you start to think like a horse, you’ll know what makes your horse feel calm and confident and what triggers his defense mode. To get you started, I’ll describe a horse’s basic instincts, fears, needs and routines so you can see what’s going on in his mind as he responds to sights, smells, sounds, and touch.

If you can see things from your horse’s point of view, you’ll be able to anticipate his reactions to many situations and adjust your training methods accordingly. To help, I’ve provided practical training suggestions that will allow you to get the most out of your precious horse time. The lasting reward will be a solid relationship with a curious, trusting, adaptable, and eager-to-please equine companion.

And, if you’re like me, you’ll gladly accept the added bonus when you find that you’ve become part horse yourself ! Horse books by Cherry Hill.

TABLE OF CONTENTS - How to Think Like a Horse

Chapter 1 Becoming the Horse
Why Think Like a Horse?
What a Horse Needs
What Horses Don't Like
Humans and Horses
How to Become Part Horse

Chapter 2 The Horses Senses
Vision
Hearing
Smell and Taste
Touch
Reflexes
Proprioceptive Sense

Chapter 3 The Physical Horse
Seasonal Changes
Digestive System
Skeletal System
Hoof Growth

Chapter 4 The Nature of the Horse
Bonding
Pecking Order
The Battle of the Sexes
Horse Play
Curiosity or the Investigative Behavior
The Nomadic Lifestyle

Chapter 5 Routines
The Horse's Biological Clock
Shelter
Self-Preservation

Chapter 6 Good Behavior, "Bad" Behavior
The Spirit of the Horse
Temperament and Attitude
Natural Horsekeeping
Domestication Pressures

Chapter 7 Horse Timelines
Life-Stage Characteristics
Development Timelines

Chapter 8 Communication
Reading a Horse's Body Language
The Subtleties
Vocal Language
How to Communicate with Your Horse
Voice Commands

Chapter 9 Learning
The Brain
Mental Processes
Learning Principles
Behavior Modification
Behavior Modification Techniques
Repetition
Shaping

Chapter 10 Training
Training Philosophy
Training Goals
Physical Development
Content of a Training Session
A Typical Training Session

Epilogue
Glossary
Recommended Reading
Index

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