I am a sucker for horse books.
In the last two years or so, I have had to bite my lip or turn my wallet over to a heartless companion in order to pass up a horse book in the store. “No more!” I say to myself as I picture my tiny house chock-a-block with books of every description. I have learned so much from books. But it’s no substitute for what I’ve learned sitting on the back of a horse at any pace. In fact, as my instructor will tell you or anyone within earshot, I need to spend way more time doing just that. Riding.
But there’s one more book I just have to have. Know Your Horse Inside Out by Sarah Fisher is informative in ways that the other horse books I own are not. I stumbled upon this book in a friend’s library and could not put it down.
Sarah Fisher knows her stuff.
Sarah Fisher, a Tellington Touch® Instructor, lives in Somerset England. She is the wife of actor Anthony Head. You may remember him from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sarah Fisher and Anthony Head support a number of animal and human charities worth knowing about, including the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust, established to reduce rural poverty by increasing productivity of working horses and donkeys through animal welfare and management education. Take a moment to visit their websites to learn more.
About the book
As is so often true of horse books, this book is loaded with common sense. But it’s not always so common until someone points it out to you. The study of the mind-body connection in humans gains momentum daily as we learn about the ways in which our bodies warn us of what’s wrong in our minds, and vice-versa. The holistic view of equine behavior is slower to catch up because horses can’t tell us what’s wrong emotionally or physically. For may owners, it’s simply too difficult to intuit a horse’s emotions or interpret physical issues as they relate to them. Sarah Fisher to the rescue!
In this practical tome, Sarah Fisher takes the mystery out of the holistic view of horses. She reminds us that the posture and state of mind influence behavior and performance, producing many undesirable habits. These habits can be methodically traced back to patterns of uneven tension and blocked awareness in the horse’s body.
With clear descriptions and photos, clues as to how to interpret what you see based on a lifetime of observation of horses, and simple exercises for horse and rider, Sarah Fisher has written a must-have book for riders at all levels. Her chapter on Interpreting What You Find is a virtual encyclopedia of equine knowledge with a holistic twist. It allows the reader to see a horse’s body and behavior in a new and exciting way.
The format of Know Your Horse Inside Out is that of a medium-scale picture book with a great many helpfully detailed photos. It won’t be damaged by taking it with you to the barn for reference. That’s what I plan to do once I get home. I imagine this book will see a lot of action.
Enjoy what you’re reading?
Vote for Enlightened Horsemanship at The Blog Village Top 100. Thanks so much!