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www.armchairinterviews.com, reviewed by Andrea Sisco, January 2007
Kids who are interested in horses really need a mentor who is experienced in all aspects of the care and handling of horses. And they could certainly use Horse Care for Kids by Cherry Hill, a horse trainer and breeder. In the past, Hill has been a judge and taught courses in horse management and training. She is also the author of 24 equestrian books.
Horse Care for Kids discusses, in a simple and straight-forward manner, all of the essentials of equine care. It is a thorough book, written in an engaging manner that will appeal to young people.
Hill encourages parents to become involved and as knowledgeable as their children in the care of their horses (and she gives sound reasoning). She discusses body language and behavior, what to look for in a good horse, safety, clothing, grooming and health. She also describes through her writing, drawings and pictures, the parts of a horse, gaits, confirmation, breeds, markings and coloring.
If your child is interested in horses, Hill's book is a great beginning. It's informative and easy to read and provides great information for the beginner. As a child horse owner, I would have been thrilled to own Horse Care for Kids.
Armchair Interviews says: Horse Care for Kids is a great gift for that new or beginning horse owner and rider. We highly recommend!
Thank you. Knowledge is a great gift !! Sept 14, 2005
My daughter, Mary Ellen is thrilled with the books we recently purchased (Horse Care for Kids) (101 Longeing). Within 5 minutes she said "Mom, I have learned something new!" Then it was out to the field to try it out. Thank you ever so much. Mary
Great beginner horse book for kids , July 22, 2005
This book has wonderful illustrations depicting how to halter a horse, body language of a horse, horse colors, grooming a horse, and many more practical things to teach you to become a responsible and successful horse or pony owner. It is an easy- to-read book with 116 very informational pages. I highly recommend this book for any child interested in horses, especially one who is thinking about owning a horse.
A trainer who has written many books about horses offers a fully illustrated, practical guidebook for children who want to take on the responsibility of caring for a horse. A note to parents underscores the importance of choosing the right animal and the right instructor to guide the child, as well as realistically assessing the time, work, and cost of horse care. Besides explaining how to choose a horse and look after its food, shelter, grooming, health, and safety, Hill discusses the nature of horses, including their physiology and psychology. Excellent illustrations range from a painting identifying the parts of a horse and clear drawings showing breeds, gaits, and body language to many color photos of children and teenagers looking after their animals. Checklists for horse care around the calendar year and an unusually comprehensive glossary complete the volume. A well-designed, very informative guide for young people who are dreaming about owning a horse or serious about caring for one.
From Publishers Weekly
Dedicated equestrians will want Cherry Hill's Horse Care for Kids by Cherry Hill. The comprehensive guide helps children and their parents choose the right horse and gives guidelines for safe handling and proper care. Full-color illustrations and photographs appear throughout; a glossary, index and extensive resource listings are also provided.
Very good book!, March 24, 2003
I like this book because it teaches very "Kid Friendly." I would highly recommend this book to all kids,5-15! It's Great!
reliable, and thoroughly "kid friendly", February 16, 2003
Cherry Hill is a veteran horse trainer, breeder, and equestrian event judge, who for many years taught university-level courses in horse management and training throughout the United States and Canada. Cherry Hill's Horse Care For Kids is an ideal book for young readers seeking to teach themselves the essential of caring for their horses in a responsible manner. Beginning with matching the right horse to the young rider, and progressing through safe horse handling, grooming, feeding, stabling, and more, Cherry Hill's Horse Care for Kids is comprehensive, reliable, and thoroughly "kid friendly". If there is a young equestrian in your family, then he or she should have their own personal copy of Cherry Hill's Horse Care For Kids!
Renowned horse-book author and horse woman Cherry Hill packs years of knowledge and experience into Horse Care for Kids, a instructive guide geared for young horse lovers of all ages.
Written in an accessible, kid-friendly format, the eight-chapter guide begins with selecting a horse and progresses through safe handling, feeding, grooming, stabling and pasturing, and caring for and enjoying a horse.
As with all her books, Hill presents safe, step-by-step information you can easily apply at the barn. In addition to being an educational reference, this book is also a visual treat. Text is complemented by beautiful, four-color design, large illustrations and photographs, sidebars, charts and diagrams. "Horse 'Talk" sections scattered throughout the volume define important horse terms.
In addition to a glossary and index, Hill includes an appendix with a horse-health record template and seasonal horse-care calendars - all perfect to post in the barn.
If you have a horse-crazy kid, you can trust Hill's information to give your child the knowledge and confidence necessary to become a responsible horseman. This book is a sure to motivate your young horse lover to get out of the house and head to the barn.
Cherry Hill has taught university-level courses in horse mangement, trained and bred horses, and she has written 24 books on equestrian subjects from horse housing to trailering and training. Now she's taken that extensive knowledge and packaged it just for kids. Horse Care for Kids is full of useful information for children - as well as beginners - looking for a simple yet thorough reference. The print is large enough for young readers, and every page contains high quality color photographs and realistic illustrations to aid understanding. This book is an excellent basic guide covering subjects such as horse purchasing, handling, grooming and health concerns. The information is presented in a straightforward format, with illustrated breed, markings, body language and conformation sections. Horse Care for Kids also provides resources, with a list of further reading and information on joining 4-H, Pony Club, Future Farmers of America, finding a mentor, healthcare checklists and more. For youngsters getting started with horses (or parents who know less than their children about horses), every sentence of this book contains need-to-know information in an easily accessible format.
The American Quarter Horse Journal
COMPLETE WITH A "HORSE POINTS"' poster, this attractive text is perfect for the horse-crazy novice in your family. There are gorgeous illustrations, fantastic photos and sensible information that is easily understood by young horsemen and their parents.
Choosing a horse, caring for it and basic riding skills are detailed for easy reference. I especially like the pages showing various horse coloration illustrations, as they are very well done.
This book does a great job of letting horsecrazy kids know that there is more to horse ownership than the fun of galloping through the fields. Just like almost every other sport, the maintenance and care occupy 90 percent of your time, but with horses, that's fun, too.
Cherry Hill's Horse Care for Kids is designed to be an informative and essential guide for young horse lovers who want to learn everything there is to know about proper, safe equine care. The horse is the center of attention and the focus is on youths understanding and caring for their horses and developing a safe, rewarding relationship with them.
A renowned expert, Cherry Hill is the author of 25 equestrian books and a regular contributor to many horse magazines. Hill has years of experience as a horse trainer, instructor, breeder, author, and show judge.
It is written in an accessible easy-to-reference format with more than 150 full-color photographs and illustratioins.
Black Beauty, Flicka, the ponies at the fair - they whinnied their way into our hearts. If you're a horsecrazy kid - or grown-up kid - you'll find all sorts of tidbits in this photopacked, glossy book. Author Cherry Hill writes that as a preschooler, she had the opportunity to groom and ride a horse. "I did not want to wash my hands for fear of losing that wonderful smell." Isn't that nice? She starts out talking about horse basics such as the importance of doing what it understands (and that does not mean kissing its nose). She includes sketches of horses in various body-language movements and a color drawing labeling the horse's anatomy. She discusses qualities of various horses, their markings and temperaments, do's and don'ts when dealing: with them. She also covers feeding, bathing and grooming a horse, as well as preventive health care. If you're thinking about getting a horse for a child, or if you want a guide to the horse you already have, this would make a good addition to your equine library. - Leslie Garcia
Cherry Hill is a veteran horse trainer, breeder, and equestrian event judge, who for many years taught university-level courses in horse management and training throughout the United States and Canada. Cherry Hill's Horse Care For Kids is an ideal book for young readers seeking to teach themselves the essential of caring for their horses in a responsible manner. Beginning with matching the right horse to the young rider, and progressing through safe horse handling, grooming, feeding, stabling, and more, Cherry Hill's Horse Care for Kids is comprehensive, reliable, and thoroughly "kid friendly". If there is a young equestrian in your family, then he or she should have their own personal copy of Cherry Hills Horse Care For Kids!
Worth Morning Star - Telegram
Almost every kid, at some point, asks his or her parents for a horse. Instead of launching into a lecture of how much work a horse can be, have your child read Cherry Hill's Horse Care for Kids.
Hill, a horse trainer, starts with the basics, like the proper terms for each part of the horse's body; how to tell a roan from a chestnut, a quarter horse from a thoroughbred; and even how to figure out what horses are thinking by reading their body language.
For young readers who don't know much about horses, this is a wonderful book that teaches how to bathe, ride, doctor, exercise, shelter and enjoy a horse.
Whether the horse eventually becomes a part of your family or not, your young reader will enjoy looking at beautiful photographs of kids working with dozens of different horses. - Amanda Rogers
San Diego Union
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"Horse Care for Kids", by Cherry Hill, is a must for children who are dreaming of owning a horse. The information is written in an, easy, step-by-step way to teach children why a horse depends on them for proper feeding, health care and exercise. The book includes how to understand a horse and discusses how to find the right one - with a good temperament, solid training and good manners. There are chapters on horse safety, feeding and nutrition, grooming and bathing, shelter and pasture, health care and enjoying your horse. - Christine Raynes
A horse is a horse, of course. But there are so many things to know about these majestic creatures, from the difference between an Appaloosa and an Arabian to the intricacies of fetlock clipping. "Horse Care for Kids" by Cherry Hill is aimed at younger riders, and offers the ABCs of all things equine. - Denise Flaim
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