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Horse Crazy

I just bought this book online and sure would have loved it when I was in junior high!   This  is really complete guide to horses, including history, crafts, knowledge and more!    With Christmas coming, know that it is on Amazon for as little as $6.00!

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Canterwood Crest

The newest book in the Canterwood Crest series for young adults is here!   Check out their web site for more information about this great series for girls who LOVE horses!  And, visit the author’s blog for a chance to a win a free Dana’s Doodles t-shirt!

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Horse Show Moms: Part 2

This is a particularly funny excerpt from  The Horse Show Mom’s Survival Guide by Susan S. Daniels:

Many a new Horse Show Mom has said “I will never use a porta-potty!”  God finds this amusing, of course, and shows us who is really in charge.   “Never” soon becomes “only in emergencies” evolving to “just this once,” to “just this weekend,” to “I said what?”  A few horse shows later that same mom is saying, “they have really nice porta-potties here.” 

And here are a few sites just for horse show moms:
http://www.showmom.com/
http://theingate.com/
http://www.completerider.com/horsesportmay02.htm
http://bridlepath.wordpress.com/2006/09/12/bridlepath-hall-of-shame-horse-show-mom-from-hell/

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Dana's Doodles

Dana's Doodles

As I have mentioned earlier, Nature of Horses by Stephen Budiansky is one of the best horse books I have ever read.   One of the fun tidbits I picked up is the fact that stallions often have a preference for mares that are the same color as the stallion’s dam.   Interesting, huh?    If you are a stallion owner, have you found this to be true?

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If you are looking for a fun horse book, try Michael Korda’s Horse People.     I especially loved the description of the little girl who met her sister on horseback at the bus stop  (didn’t all of us dream of doing that when we were little girls?).   If you are a horse person, you will be able to relate to a lot in this light read!

From Publishers Weekly
Korda (Country Matters; Charmed Lives) recounts in his trademark affable style a growing involvement over decades with horses and the people who ride them. Beginning with his youth, and following with his reconnection to the horse world when he takes his son to lessons, Korda relates how horses changed his life: he met his current wife, Margaret, at New York City’s Claremont Riding Academy, and eventually they purchased a home in Dutchess County with grounds to accommodate a growing number of horses. In one hilarious episode, Korda, the editor-in-chief at Simon & Schuster, visits an author in Middleburg, Va., and finds himself, unprepared, on a foxhunting horse jumping over walls and into backyards. He begins to analyze the symbolism of horses (“the horse stood… for social superiority, mobility, and not getting your feet wet and muddy like ordinary folk”), but this meditation is an exception, as Korda favors the anecdote and the caricature. There are rather too many “movers and shakers” for this book to live up to the diversity implied by its title, and while he briefly raises moral questions (about foxhunting, for example), he largely ignores the sociopolitical and emotional aspects of the horse-human relationship. He takes his reader on the occasional jaunt through less tony neighborhoods (with a veterinarian in Rhinebeck, N.Y.; to a rodeo in Archer City, Tex., with Larry McMurtry; and to a correctional facility’s horse farm), but he tends to focus on places like Southlands, a privately owned facility in Dutchess County. While the book is more a series of vignettes than a full narrative, Korda’s humor will be a delight to anyone who loves the world of riding.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The latest issue of Young Rider magazine has an article about Canterwood Crest, a new equestrian series for girls.  If you haven’t heard about it yet, check out the web site .

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4-H Workbooks

Today, I received the 4-H workbooks I ordered online.  I was more than pleased with all the information they contained.    Even if you aren’t in 4-H, these guides  would be a good way to test your knowledge.   You can view the 4-H store here: http://www.4-hmall.org/detail.aspx?ID=436041    By the way, here is a quick fact I just learned:  “thoroughbred horses tend to have larger nostrils with finer cartilage in them than other breeds, such as draft horses.”

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