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BooksOnHorses is owned and operated by Breakthrough Publications. We opened in 1980. The website sells the best books and DVDs in the equine industry and by purchasing through us you are supporting a small business. We take pride in offering a quality product at a reasonable price and offer outstanding customer service.

Since 1980 Books On Horses has distributed the highest quality books and videos to horse lovers. Our goal is to edify and delight, inform and inspire, educate and entertain anyone who owns horses, rides horses or just plain admires horses. We built this page to express our admiration for these great animals and the people who ride and care for them.

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09/14/2017

Fall Sale now on. 30%-50% off horse DVDs and books. Free shipping. booksonhorses.com

05/18/2017

Our new store just launched. Check out our amazing Launch-Sale prices.

04/04/2017
Buck Brannaman - Back Up Training

Buck Brannman Demonstrates How To Teach Your Horse To Back,
Dressage Expert Explains Why This Is Important
By Buck Brannaman

Betty Staley, Dressage Expert:

“There is a school of thought in dressage that backing the horse is detrimental to the horse's forward mindset. Personally, I don't agree with that. There's people that don't back a horse until he's about, I don't know, second, third, fourth levels, somewhere up in there, which is getting pretty far long in the horse's career.
Backing Is Natural To The Horse
“Horses back up naturally with no problems. They don't confuse backing up with going forward in any way, shape or form. So, I assume that when a horse can do something naturally, we can use it, we can train it without confusing them as long as we're not confused about it. If a rider is confused about how to back up and go forward, then they might have problems, but the horses don't have any problem doing it. So I start very young. My horse is backed from a very early age.
Horses Must Know How To Yield to Pressure
“Backing is a useful tool on the ground. Horses that don't back up can get hurt, can get terribly hurt. And teaching a horse to yield to pressure is a lifesaver for the horse because where we keep them, even though my horses live in a pasture, we keep them in confinement when we put them in a horse trailer, when we put them in a stall, when we tie them up. And if they know how to yield to pressure, they're much more likely to survive our world. They live in our world. We don't live in theirs. And so, we have put all these things around them that are harmful to them. It can cause them their lives essentially. It is our obligation to teach them how to live in confinement in a safe way.
Backing On Command Improves Safety
“And so, the horse that can back up, if he inadvertently get himself in a corner or is in a trailer he can back out of trouble. He won't panic and put his front feet in the manger. He'll know how to back up when he feels the pressure of the manger in front of his chest, he'll know to back up. But, I know too many horses that someone has never bothered to teach them to back up and they will end up putting both front feet in the manger and hurting themselves just horribly. So, backing up is a good tool to have.
Buck Brannaman (speaking to the horse & the audience)
“My postural change, when I get a little breakthrough… Stay faced up there…When I do this, I'm saying, ‘Yield to me.’ There you go. Keep looking at me though. You could yield to me here. There. Hey, don't look off. That's kind of shutting you out. We can't have that. Keep looking at me. Keep looking at me. I need these feet. The pressure is right in front of her so she needs to find her way back. Not there. I can block the sides. There. I'll pat her, but she needs to find out that my space is pretty valuable to me, that I'm not going to compromise that. This would be the first method that I'd use to back on.
Block The Sides
“Some of you see me take hold of that halter and lead rope up close. You wouldn't do it on one like this, because she might hurt you. But as soon as I get her feet coming loose I could. There's only one way that's open for you right now, it's back. I block the sides. There, and that's the timing. If you're late in blocking the sides, and you let her get half way around you, you are never going to get her back anyway, just going to get her upset. But you block the sides. The backing up can take care of itself, There, a little more, There. She sees the release, there, right in the feet. Stay straight, there. She says, well, that's a lot easier than all that fussing. Now can she go on back. I might need this later on. There, that's pretty good.

Excerpted from, 7 Clinics with Buck Brannaman Vol 1
Cedar Creek Productions LLC Copyright © 2012 All Rights Reserved
This video clip reprinted by permission of Trafalgar Square Books

Here's the German Riding Federation's proven arena exercise for riding precise transitions. Includes troubleshooting gui...
03/10/2017

Here's the German Riding Federation's proven arena exercise for riding precise transitions. Includes troubleshooting guide: "what to do if..?"
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Test your knowledge of the points of the horse.  There are 38.
02/28/2017

Test your knowledge of the points of the horse. There are 38.

Do you want to increase your knowledge of horse anatomy?  The best-selling horse anatomy book of all time, “Horse Anat...
02/28/2017

Do you want to increase your knowledge of horse anatomy? The best-selling horse anatomy book of all time, “Horse Anatomy: A Coloring Atlas” by Robert A Kainer and Thomas O McCracken, invites users to color in the various plates. In the process of coloring the user discovers the name and function of that part of the anatomy.

This best-seller also provides other useful information related to anatomy. For example, you can tell a horse’s age by this teeth?

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Brain Training For Riders by Andrea Monsarrat Waldo, psychotherapist, award-winning rider
02/21/2017

Brain Training For Riders by Andrea Monsarrat Waldo, psychotherapist, award-winning rider

02/21/2017
BooksOnHorses

We just posted a new blog I think you'll find interesting:
Why Does This Sport We Love So Much Stress Us, Worry Us, Even Scare Us?
by Andrea Monsarrat Waldo, psychotherapist and award-winning rider

You can see it here: http://booksonhorses.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fa595ab6d45ac01389c8d08e1&id=3458df9df6&e=c6d562704a

Following is an excerpt from the blog:
This is how to recover from "The Big One" - a serious fall or accident or other scare.

The Comeback Plan:
1) On a piece of paper [or six), write down every thought and feeling you have about what happened to you. Don't censor or worry whether it makes sense—just write, and let the Lizard have its say It may be painful at first, but it can't actually hurt you, and it will feel better as you move forward...(more in the blog)

2) It's time to write out your comeback plan. Put your goal at the top, and then write down every step you can think of between where you are now and where you want to go. See Sarah's Story below as an example....(more in the blog)

Look here to check out the book from which the blog is excerpted:
Brain Training For Riders by Andrea Monsarrat Waldo It's here:
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Our blog "BooksOnHorses" posts a new article every week or so. The articles are drawn from the latest best-selling books and dvds. Most of the authors are major horseman, award-winning riders, clinicians, champions

Excerpts from hot-selling books & DVDs on horses.

Peter Campbell, clinician
02/02/2017

Peter Campbell, clinician

02/02/2017
BEHAVIOR-Problem Horses Solved the Natural Way by Peter Campbell

To me, “horsemanship” means the development of one’s self. It’s a simple idea. We’re working on ourselves, developing the discipline that allows us to understand what the horse needs from us and how best to present ideas to the horse. Achieve that, and you’ll find that working with your horse becomes a whole lot easier. Peter Campbell, clinician. See blog:
https://booksonhorses.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/blog-post-title-3/

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

FITNESS – Back Friendly Riding: Stirrup Length by Susanne von DietzeCorrect stirrup length based on the rider, horse a...
01/31/2017
FITNESS – Back Friendly Riding: Stirrup Length by Susanne von Dietze

FITNESS – Back Friendly Riding: Stirrup Length by Susanne von Dietze

Correct stirrup length based on the rider, horse and task at hand is a prerequisite of back-friendly riding. Choosing the correct length of your stirrups and task at hand depends on the purpose and type of saddle.

Stirrups that are too long or too short are equally harmful to the back: Long stirrups pull you into a “fork-seat” posture, while short stirrups put you in a chair-seat position. When in the forward seat, stirrups serve as a stable basis for knees and heels, allowing you to balance yourself.

Read our blog on this subject:
Back Friendly Riding: Stirrup Length by Susanne von Diet
https://booksonhorses.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/first-blog-post/

Check out this book in our store:
"Rider & Horse Back to Back" by Susanne von Dietze"

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Motivating Horses#4 StimulationWhen horses feel safe, comfortable and have enough food and water to sustain them, their ...
09/06/2016

Motivating Horses
#4 Stimulation
When horses feel safe, comfortable and have enough food and water to sustain them, their next need is stimulation. Your horse needs to be stimulated both physically and mentally on a daily basis. As with many other things when working with horses, you need to balance between the mental and the physical. You have to keep things interesting for your horse mentally and provide enough physical activity to keep him satisfied. One of my mentors, Gordon McKinlay, once told me that in order to have a really broke and well-trained horse you need to have three things in equal doses--long rides, wet saddle pads and concentrated training. When those three elements are in balance, your horse benefits from mental and physical stimulation. – Clinton Anderson
https://www.booksonhorses.com/collections/clinton-anderson

"The whip can help students correct the bad habit of riding with hands crossed one above the other and also correct flat...
09/01/2016

"The whip can help students correct the bad habit of riding with hands crossed one above the other and also correct flat hands, palms down. I suggest these riders ride holding a short whip in each hand, the longer part above. They should hold the whips vertically. The whips should cross at a very small angle. When the rider starts to cross or flatten her hands, the whips will clearly point out the error." --Walter Zettl

DVDs and books by Walter Zettl
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This photo is too cute not to share!
10/27/2014

This photo is too cute not to share!

Photo caption time.... Ever get the feeling you are being watched? Photo taken by the grooms at Woods Farm this morning :-)

We have Wendy's DVDs available for sale at discount prices on our website. They offer great tips and tricks to improve y...
10/22/2014

We have Wendy's DVDs available for sale at discount prices on our website. They offer great tips and tricks to improve your riding!
https://www.booksonhorses.com/search?type=product&q=murdoch

Do You Know that your legs need to act like shock absorbers when going over a jump? If not, you'll get tossed around like a rag doll! In order to stay balanced, you need to balance over your feet while your hips, knees and ankles absorb the movement of the horse.

If you fall forward over a jump or you brace your leg when jumping, here's a #MurdochMinute that will help: https://www.murdochmethod.com/59-have-a-ball-with-your-jumping-position/

Keep an eye on the Murdoch Method LLC page, we put out new Murdoch Minutes every Monday!

10/15/2014
Claiborne Farm

Not everyone is unhappy with the rain.

At least there's joy in the rain! How cute are these mares playing in the puddles?

Have you started blanketing your horse? Why or why not?
10/13/2014

Have you started blanketing your horse? Why or why not?

Cigar was one of the greatest racehorses ever. Here are some wonderful photos of him courtesy of The Blood The Blood-Hor...
10/09/2014
Slideshow: Cigar

Cigar was one of the greatest racehorses ever. Here are some wonderful photos of him courtesy of The Blood The Blood-Horse

Celebrating the career and life of the great Cigar.

"Colic is a term used to describe abdominal pain of any origin. As the severity of the problem increases, so does the pa...
10/08/2014

"Colic is a term used to describe abdominal pain of any origin. As the severity of the problem increases, so does the pain. Horses then begin to show: sweating, pawing, pacing, blowing respirations, markedly elevated pulse, discolored mucus membranes, and the desire to lie down and roll or thrash."

From: First Aid for Horses, by Dr. Eleanor Kellon. http://www.ebay.com/itm/First-Aid-for-Horses-Diagnosis-Treatment-of-Acute-Equine-Ailments-/271608737387?pt=US_DVD_HD_DVD_Blu_ray&hash=item3f3d246e6b

10/06/2014

The inconsistent weather that fall brings can lead to more colic episodes. This week we'll take a look at colic and what you can do to help prevent and treat it utilizing the book "First Aid for Horses". Did you know that, after old age, colic is the number one killer of horses?

Zenyatta’s Filly is Weaned
10/03/2014
Zenyatta’s Filly is Weaned

Zenyatta’s Filly is Weaned

Happy Friday! Zenyatta's first filly was weaned last week. Everything went well, and they are both happily adjusting to independence. Z Princess, now in a

It's Friday. The weekend is coming right at you!
10/03/2014

It's Friday. The weekend is coming right at you!

A copy of this should be in everyone's horse first aid kit. http://www.ebay.com/itm/First-Aid-for-Horses-Diagnosis-Treat...
10/01/2014
First Aid for Horses: Diagnosis & Treatment of Acute Equine Ailments

A copy of this should be in everyone's horse first aid kit. http://www.ebay.com/itm/First-Aid-for-Horses-Diagnosis-Treatment-of-Acute-Equine-Ailments-/271608737387?pt=US_DVD_HD_DVD_Blu_ray&hash=item3f3d246e6b

ANNOUNCING FIRST AID FOR HORSES: DIAGNOSIS TREATMENT OF ACUTE EQUINE AILMENTS by Eleanor Kellon VMD and Teresa Conway DVM Book + 2-DVD Set. O Explains demonstrates diagnosis treatment of common ailments injuries.

"Show me your horse and I will tell you who you are." - English proverb
09/30/2014

"Show me your horse and I will tell you who you are." - English proverb

It's the time of year when the red maple shows off its beautiful color. But did you know that red maples are toxic to ho...
09/29/2014

It's the time of year when the red maple shows off its beautiful color. But did you know that red maples are toxic to horses? They can die from eating wilted or dried leaves. Learn more about toxic plants from the book "Horse Owner's Field Guide to Toxic Plants" available on our website.

This is a huge weekend of racing coast to coast for all you horse racing fans out there.
09/25/2014

This is a huge weekend of racing coast to coast for all you horse racing fans out there.

The best that New York and California have to offer will be on display this weekend with over a dozen graded stakes at Belmont Park and Santa Anita including 11 G1 events. Which races are you looking forward to most?

Bet on all the Breeders' Cup prep races at www.TVG.com

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09/23/2014

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Happy Fall!
09/23/2014

Happy Fall!

Do you know signs of shock in a horse? They are:weakness, trembling, depression, cold ears, cold lower legs, rapid pulse...
09/22/2014
First Aid for Horses: Diagnosis & Treatment of Acute Equine Ailments

Do you know signs of shock in a horse? They are:
weakness, trembling, depression, cold ears, cold lower legs, rapid pulse (over 50 beats per minute), pale mucous membranes, increased capillary refill time (over 2 seconds), decreased urinary output, obvious sweating or a damp feeling to the body.

From:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/First-Aid-for-Horses-Diagnosis-Treatment-of-Acute-Equine-Ailments-/271608737387?pt=US_DVD_HD_DVD_Blu_ray&hash=item3f3d246e6b

ANNOUNCING FIRST AID FOR HORSES: DIAGNOSIS TREATMENT OF ACUTE EQUINE AILMENTS by Eleanor Kellon VMD and Teresa Conway DVM Book + 2-DVD Set. O Explains demonstrates diagnosis treatment of common ailments injuries.

09/20/2014

We're getting into hunting season. Remember to wear orange if you are out trail riding!

A book to keep in the barn for emergiences and DVDs to watch and learn. Order yours here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/First-...
09/18/2014
First Aid for Horses: Diagnosis & Treatment of Acute Equine Ailments

A book to keep in the barn for emergiences and DVDs to watch and learn. Order yours here:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/First-Aid-for-Horses-Diagnosis-Treatment-of-Acute-Equine-Ailments-/271608737387?pt=US_DVD_HD_DVD_Blu_ray&hash=item3f3d246e6b

ANNOUNCING FIRST AID FOR HORSES: DIAGNOSIS TREATMENT OF ACUTE EQUINE AILMENTS by Eleanor Kellon VMD and Teresa Conway DVM Book + 2-DVD Set. O Explains demonstrates diagnosis treatment of common ailments injuries.

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