Horse Books - Wilshire Series

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From the Wilshire Book Company's "Horse Lovers' Library",
many of these classic & informative books are still in-print today!

A Practical Guide to Horseshoeing

provides the horse enthusiast with detailed information about horseshoeing. Extensively illustrated and laid out as a technical manual indexed by chapter, section and paragraphs, this book contains invaluable historic knowledge of horseshoeing. The anatomy and physiology of a horse's foot, pastern and legs are studied, and information on horseshoer's tools, machine-made shoes and nails are given. Handmade horseshoes from bar iron or steel are examined, as are borium-treated horseshoes. Both normal and corrective shoeing is discussed for the riding horse, polo horses, hunters and jumpers, and draft animals. Care of the horses feet between shoeing periods and care of unshod horses is explained as well. A question and answer section called the Horseshoer's Catechism rounds out the book with information on anatomy, normal shoeing, shoeing to relieve or correct disorders of the foot and shoeing to correct faults in gait. 126 pgs.
A classic that is still in-print.
c. 1941, S/C... $10.00

American Quarter Horse in Pictures
by: Self, Margaret Cabell

Part I examines the history of the Quarter Horse, breeding activities, and Wimpy, P-1, the first official Grand Champion Stallion recognized by the American Quarter Horse Association. Part II discusses the Quarter Horse today...its physical characteristics, colors, markings, temperament and longevity. Part III is concerned with breeding and training programs, including basic and advanced training: Western and English. Part IV is about Quarter Horse shows, their general rules, halter class, performance class, and classes for Quarter Horses under English tack. Part V examines the Youth Activities Program of the American Quarter Horse Association, its shows and classes, and Part VI discusses racing and famous race horses. Extensive photos compliment the text and an index of horses pictured is provided arranged by name. 172 pgs.
A classic that is still in-print.
c. 1969, 1992, S/C... $5.00

An Expert's Guide to Basic Dressage
by: Froissard, Jean

This book helps you to acquire the proper horse, then learn to train him, step by step. The 'dressage test' is just exactly what it declares itself to be: a test of training. But dressage is also a craft, and thus it can be taught and learned in simple terms, provided the student has already a good seat, steadiness, independence of aids and a certain feeling, called equestrian tact. The contents of An Expert's Guide to Basic Dressage include Riding in Tune, Understanding the Aids, The Rider as Trainer and the First Commandment, The Horse Turns by Both Ends, The Question of Balance, The Ramener, The Half-Turn on the Haunches and The Halt, The Rein Back and Rein Aids, Changing Speeds and Gaits, The Canter, The Second and Third Commandments, Work on Two Tracks, and General Impressions. Illustrations & photos. 110 pgs.
A classic that is still in-print.
c. 1971, S/C... $7.00

An Expert's Guide To Horse Selection & Care For Beginners
by: Conn, George Dr.

Besides telling the reader how he can best train his horse for the type of work he wants it to perform, the author discusses, in detail, the various types of horses and how they should be judged; the art of breeding them successfully; how and what to feed them, and why; all phases of managing them, from the time they are foaled; and how to best go about selling them. The text is lavishly illustrated with photographs and line drawings. Chapters cover: Selecting a horse, conformation, types of horses, stables & lots, saddles & bridles, clothing & bedding, grooming, clipping, handling, exercise, breeding, giving medicines, legs, feet, more. 256 pgs.
A classic that is still in-print.
c. 1969, S/C... $10.00

An Expert's Guide To Horseback Riding For Beginners
by: Taylor, Louis

Modern American riding calls for a relationship between horse and rider that is somewhat like that of partners in ballroom dancing. This relationship is most obvious in the two most intensely American fields of riding, the riding of American Saddle Horse and Western riding. With both, we will consider the selection of the horse, the care of the personal mount and of his tack, the handling of the horse in a trailer, the shoeing of the horse and the problems of the young rider. Sections include: For the Beginner, Variety in American Riding, Selecting the Personal Mount, Selecting a Registered Horse, Care of the Personal Mount, Equipment, and Attaining Proficiency. Extensive photographs & illustrations. 276 pgs.
A classic that is still in-print.
c. 1963, S/C... $10.00

by: Richardson, Bill & Dona

For the appaloosa enthusiast, this is an excellent book that documents the early days (1940's) of this breed. Full of old pictures of the original appaloosa horse. Interesting reading for anyone who loves the spotted horse. Covers: History, buying, breeding, showing, versatility, registration, clubs.
c. 1969, S/C... $7.00
Out-Of-Print, Quantities Limited

Arabian Horse
by: Summerhays, Reginald

Contents include: A Glimpse into the past; Progress; The Annual Show; Some Unusual publicity; The true Arabian; The Arab for Sale; The Question of breed improvement; Our immigrants; camera studies; Exports; The Anglo-Arab; The Part-bred Arab; The Arab and its uses. 103 pgs.
c. 1969, S/C... $5.00
Out-Of-Print, Quantities Limited

Art of Western Riding
by: Jones, Suzanne

A thorough and comprehensive book covering western riding. Suzanne Norton Jones has used her many years of experience in this field to clearly impart to the reader her basic methods of instructing rider and horse. Suzanne's riding and teaching has not only been limited to the western saddle. She is equally proficient as a rider of hunters, jumpers and basic dressage. The latter has had an influence on the outlines of the excellent 'Arena Tests' to be found in this book. The Art of Western Riding systematically covers phases in instruction, training and showing, as well as judging. In addition, it contains illustrations and explanations of equipment, plus a coverage of the American Horse Shows Association rules. Photographs & illustrations. 164 pgs.
A classic that is still in-print.
c. 1966, S/C...$10.00

Beginner's Guide to Horseback Riding
by: Wall, Sheila

Would you like to show, hunt, ride in horse trials or race? Or do you want to know just enough about horses to take a quiet ride through the countryside? Whatever your aims are in riding, the more you know about the sport the more you will enjoy it. Whether you wish to ride one day a week or seven, whether you aim to jump five-foot fences or to canter through the park, you will want to develop good horsemanship. The ingredients of good horsemanship are an understanding of horses in general and the horse your are riding in particular – plus good form. Through good form you can tell your horse clearly what you expect of him and you will be secure and comfortable in the saddle. It will get you well on your way to being a good horseman as well as a good rider. Photographs. 130 pgs.
A classic that is still in-print.
c. 1961, S/C... $5.00

Bits: Their History, Use and Misuse
by: Taylor, Louis

One of the most important discoveries of man was the use of the horse. In various parts of the world, man first used the horse for food and used his hide for clothing...and then tied him to burdens to be dragged. However, it was the invention of the bit that made the horse the great tool of man. From the time of the Sumerian chariots, sixty centuries ago, until the coming of the railroad, the horse was man's land transportation. Not only was the bit a necessity in making the horse play an important role in the practical affairs of government, warfare, and transport, it was also essential in making the horse play a leading part in the refinements of country life.
A classic that is still in-print.
c. 1966, S/C... $10.00

Breaking Your Horse's Bad Habits
by: Sumner, Dayton W.

An expert's guide to overcoming behavior problems. How horses learn, forming & changing habits, correcting handling problems, backing, runaway, much more. B/W photos. 220 pgs.
A classic that is still in-print.
c. 1976, S/C... $10.00

Complete Training Of Horse & Rider
by: Podhajsky, Alois

For over a quarter of a century, Colonel Alois Podhajsky was the Director of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, home of the famous white Lipizzaner stallions whose remarkable performances have thrilled audiences throughout the world. Now, for the first time, Col. Podhajsky has set forth explicitly and in practical, instructive fashion the step-by-step methods of training both horse and rider that are used at the School and that are the applicable foundations of all good horsemanship, for their purpose is to develop the natural abilities of the horse and to make riding a graceful, pleasurable experience. From the very beginning we follow stages of training on the longe and mounted. The walk, trot, canter, the halt and half-halt, lateral work, and, at the more advanced levels, the piaffe, passage, pirouette, and other figures are clearly described and the methods for obtaining best results given in simple, exact terms. Contact with the bit, collection, bending, position of the head, straightening, prevention of bad habits – all are discussed with relation to development and improvement of every phase of accomplishment. Similarly, the training of the rider is meticulously programmed, with full attention to the use of the aids at every stage and in all the exercises. Equipment, too, is analyzed in detail. And finally, there is a unique revelation of just how the spectacular "airs above the ground" are achieved and correctly performed. The result is a definitive book on classical horsemanship, and a record and manual of the fundamental principals, the techniques, and the practice of the art of riding. Photos, illustrations. 294 pgs.
A classic that is still in-print.
c. 1965, S/C...$15.00

Disorders Of The Horse & What To Do About Them
by: Hanauer, Elsie

Examines the various disorders of the horse, their cause and symptoms, and well-proven treatments. The horse is explained thoroughly in regards to the digestive system, the respiratory system, the nervous system, the skin, and the feet and legs. In each case, diagnosis of specific diseases is shown, along with information on the care of the afflicted horse. A diagnosis must be concerned with the horse's history, attitude, skin, visible mucous membranes, respirations, appetite and thirst, the urine, the pulse, temperature and possibility of fever. Through these observations, disorders can be identified, and then treated. It presents in detail scores of horse disorders, from colic and peritonitis and parasites to bronchitis, mange, navicular disease, fractures, to miscellaneous diseases such as equine influenza, malignant edema and even sleeping sickness. Care and first aid for each disorder is explained. Illustrated. 118 pgs.
A classic that is still in-print.
c. 1973, S/C... $5.00

Dressage: A Study Of The Finer Points Of Riding
by: Wynmalen, Henry

Dressage is the art of improving one's horse beyond the stage of plain usefulness. An understanding of its principals is of inestimable value to all riders who wish to improve the performance of their horses. The author explains that the nature of these principals is essentially very simple. There is, he says, no fundamental difference between the methods employed in handling a new-born foal or in riding a high-school horse. It is only in the application of these methods to work of an ever more exacting nature that the difficulties increase. The solution lies in the gradual development of a mutual language which horse and rider can both understand, speak and enjoy; the conversation between them becomes more interesting as the mutual understanding grows. The reader follows the development of this language step by step and is given an insight into the interplay of the mental and physical factors on which the training of the horse is based. Where necessary, excellent diagrams are added for additional clarity and the book is illustrated with carefully selected photographs of exceptional merit. 288 pgs.
A classic that is still in-print.
c. 1971, S/C... $15.00

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