Book Reviews

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Book Review: John Blackburn?s Healthy Stables by Design

This book is at once a coffee table book of dream barns and a primer on how to build stables that are safer, healthier and cheaper to maintain.

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Book Review: Timber Ridge Riders Series for Readers 9-13

A book review by DiscoverHorses.com Editor Dale Leatherman.

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Gymnastic Exercise to Soften Your Horse's Jaw

Soften your horse's jaw to start controlling his bend and the balance in his shoulders in this gymnastic exercise from Leslie Webb's book Build a Better Athlete!

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The Greatest: True Accounts of the Old West

For insight into authentic cowboy culture, these five reads offer true accounts of the Old West. They're musts for the cowboy library.

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Video: The Rider's Eye DVD Preview

Learn several exercises to improve cross-country control in this video excerpt from The Rider's Eye from eventer Doug Payne and legendary eventing coach Jim Wofford.

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Test Ride That Western Saddle

Use this step-by-step strategy to help you assess a prospective saddle's fit while mounted. A Horse & Rider exclusive adaptation from Dr. Joyce Harman's book on Western saddle fitting.

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Book Excerpt: Eventer Fights Ovarian Cancer

Amateur eventer Kim Tester shares her fight with ovarian cancer and return to competition in this case study from the book Back to Work.

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Cross Country Clinic with Jim Wofford Video Clips

Web exclusive! Watch video clips from the Cross Country Clinic with Jim Wofford DVD as he presents training strategies featuring fences at the 2006 Fair Hill CCI***.

After my warm-up ended before the Grand Prix Special at the 2004 Athens Olympics, I walked with coach Klaus Balkenhol toward the arena. | © Nancy Jaffer

Dressage Warm-Up with Debbie McDonald and Brentina

Dressage Olympian Debbie McDonald shares the warm-up process she uses for Brentina in this excerpt from her book Riding Through.

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Learn How to Fall Off Your Horse

Learn how to fall off your horse and what to do afterwards in this excerpt from Olympians Karen and David O'Connor's book Life in the Galloping Lane.

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Stopping a Grass Snatcher

Grass-snatching is irritating and distracting for both you and your horse. Use this mind-over-matter approach from Clinton Anderson's book Training on the Trail to reprogram your horse's attitude.

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Jump Single Fences Fear-Free

Use this great exercise from the book Build Confidence Over Fences for taking the fear out of jumping single fences. It'll also help develop your eye for a distance.

| For a good interval-training workout, alternate your regular biking position (left) with periods of riding in the two-point position (right).

Book Excerpt: Ride Right with Daniel Stewart

In this excerpt from Ride Right with Daniel Stewart, you'll discover how bicycle two-point interval training can improve your stamina and balance in the saddle.

Clinton Anderson flexes his horse to the halter. | Photo by Charles Hilton

Book Excerpt: Help Your Horse Flex to the Halter

This excerpt from Clinton Anderson's book Downunder Horsemanship gives you the tools for teaching your horse to flex to the halter--which will help make him light and supple.

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Book Excerpt: Real Life Dressage

The book Real Life Dressage by Carl Hester and Polly Ellison provides instruction for every stage of training from Novice to Grand Prix. From the editors of Dressage Today magazine.

Brian, Sally and David O'Connor water their horses on their cross-country trek in 1973. | Courtesy O'Connor Equestrian, Inc.

Book Excerpt: Life in the Galloping Lane

In this excerpt from Olympians Karen and David O'Connor's book, Life in the Galloping Lane, David tells the story of an epic cross-country ride from his childhood--a horseback trek from Maryland to Oregon with his mother, Sally, and brother, Brian.

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Coping with Your Horse's Death

In this excerpt from her book The Rider's Edge, equestrian sports psychologist Dr. Janet Edgette helps a rider cope with the death of her beloved horse and move on at her own pace.

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Book Review - Riding Into the Wind

The movie Hidalgo is great entertainment, but viewers should take the riding feats with a grain of salt. Get the real story on long-distance trekking in this astounding chronicle of a five-year, 22,000-mile ride by Elly and Nathan Foote. Reviewed by Dale Leatherman for EquiSearch.

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Book Reviews: Blindfold & Cut Throat

Lyndon Stacey's two new novels are set in the show jumping and eventing worlds but rival Dick Francis' racing classics for mystery and authenticity. Reviewed by Dale Leatherman for EquiSearch.

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Review: Young Reader Books by Nikki Tate

Number 7 in the StableMates series and Jo's Triumph, a book about the Pony Express are fine offerings from Canada-based writer-storyteller Nikki Tate. Reviewed by Dale Leatherman for EquiSearch.

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Review: Young Readers' Books by Lauraine Snelling

The "Golden Filly" and "High Hurdles" series by Lauraine Snelling draw mixed reviews from Dale Leatherman. Written for EquiSearch.

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Book Review: Hotspur

In this page-turner about murder and mayhem in the hunt country of Virginia, author and Master of Foxhounds Rita Mae Brown reprises some of the fine characters she introduced in . Book Review by Dale Leatherman for EquiSearch.

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Book Review: Enter at A, Laughing

A review of the book, Enter at A, Laughing, a collection of amusing and irreverent essays about the horses and riders in the world of dressage. Reviewed by Jayne Pedigo for EquiSearch.

Actor Viggo Mortensen (center) in the filming of Hidalgo. | © Richard Cartwright, Disney Enterprises, Inc.

American Paint Horses Become Movie Stars

Five Paints have earned starring roles in Walt Disney Pictures' Hidalgo, an epic action-adventure movie now being filmed on location in Morocco, California, Montana, South Dakota and Texas.