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Some Reflections on the Nature of Horses and Man

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A Very Nice Horse
It is possible to get a feeling for her personality.
  • Basic Introduction on the Nature of Horses
  • Just what are my qualifications and why the handle The Accidental Horseman ?
  • Cast of Characters: An Introduction to the People and Horses
  • Brief Introductory Comments and Acknowledgments
  • Learning to Ride
  • On Being Married to a True Horsewoman
  • Having a Horse: Comments on Horse Ownership
  • Taking a chance and when to jump on: Courage and Horsemanship
  • The Accidental Horseman Accidentally Wins a Ribbon
  • Some more observations about horses
  • A Trip to the Kentucky Derby
  • A Visit to Kentucky Horse Park
  • A Visit Gettysburg Battlefield Park
  • At the Horse World Expo
  • The History of the Horse as a Species
  • The History of Horse and Man
  • A Horse by Any Other Name: The Origins of the Words for Horse in Various Languages
  • The Paradox of the War Horse
  • The History of U.S. Cavalry
  • How we Ride: the Legacy of the Desert and the Spanish Roots of Western Riding
  • How we Ride: Legacy of the Sword and Mounting Horses from the Left Side
  • Women and Horses: Roots of a Special Relationship
  • Artists and Horses: A Critique of Horse Depictions, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  • U.S. Presidents and their Horses
  • Introduction
  • Barrel Racing
  • Dressage
  • Driving
  • Fox Hunting (Chasing)
  • Polo
  • Polocrosse
  • Historical Reenacting
  • Showing
  • Trail Riding
  • Playing it safe and just when to jump off: Riding Safety (Part One)
  • Playing it safe and just when to jump off: Riding Safety (Elaborations)
  • I would rather be a lucky rider than a good one. Should we count on luck?
  • Being Bitten or Kicked by Horses
  • Introduction
  • The Gaits of a Horse
  • The Horse's Eye
  • The Horse's Digestive System
  • The Horse and Genetics
  • Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth: Horse's Teeth
  • Introduction to Pests
  • Buttercups
  • Deer Flies
  • Horse Flies
  • Parasites
  • A turn-by-turn tour of Trail Riding at Codorus (near Hanover, PA)
  • A Visit Gettysburg Battlefield Park
  • A turn-by-turn tour of Trail Riding at Morgan Run (near Westminster,MD)
  • A turn-by-turn tour of Trail Riding at Union Mills Southern Section (near Westminster,MD)
  • Do Horses have Personalities
  • This English versus Western Silliness
  • The Horse as a Pet: Owners Attitudes toward Horses
  • What Dr. William R. Forstchen doesn't know about horse manure.
  • What horses don't do: Thoughts on Animal Communication
  • Equine Behavior: Thoughts on Monty Robertsí "Join Up"
  • A Plea to the Riding Community for Trail Maintenance
  • Maria's Story or The Exciting Events at Greenspring Hollows Academy
  • Hildegard's Story: Additional Pandemonium at the Greensping Hollows Academy
  • Atlas goes to Hollywood (Equine Humor)
  • Atlas goes to Court (Equine Humor)
  • Atlas hits the Road (Equine Humor)
  • Table of Comparison Horse and Motor Vehicle

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    A Good Read for a Horse Lover


    The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts (Ballantine Books c. 2011)

    This is the true story of a horse named Snowman, who was bought off of the "knacker" truck, bound for the slaughter house, by Harry de Leyer, a Dutch immigrant riding instructor in 1956. Some quality in the sad-looking, cast off Amish plow horse catches de Leyer's eye. Rehabilitated the horse vindicates de Leyer's judgement and becomes an unlikely show jumping national champion when de Leyer manages to discover the horse's deeply hidden talent for jumping. It is truly a heart-warming story of the partnership between a great but modest man and a horse with a lot of heart and personality. There are plans by MGM to turn this book into a future movie.

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