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A Horse by Nature: Managing Emotional and Mental Stress in Horses for Improved Welfare

A Horse by Nature: Managing Emotional and Mental Stress in Horses for Improved Welfare

ISBN: 9781646011827

Author: Mary Ann Simonds

Publisher: Trafalgar Square

Format: Paperback

Price: AUD $70.00
RRP: AUD $95.00

The first complete reference to help equestrians make the changes needed to ensure social license and the ability to ride and compete horses for years to come.

Renowned wild horse ecologist and equine behaviorist Mary Ann Simonds provides a practical soup-to-nuts manual for understanding how horses think, feel, learn, communicate, and interact with each other and with humans. Integrating over 30 years of field research, identifying functional social behaviors in wild horses with her lifelong professional practice working with equestrians solving equine behavioral issues, Simonds helps readers gain a strong foundation into the emotional and cognitive lives of horses and explore various horse-human relationships. She provides numerous tools for assessing personalities, communicating with horses, and understanding how horses learn, with an emphasis on improving care and reducing stress in competitions and sports. 

In three parts, each introduced by top researchers and scientists in the equestrian field, readers will: 

- LEARN the natural history and social ecology of free-roaming wild horses.

- UNDERSTAND the instincts, learned behaviors, gender differences, social roles, and social bonds that are the driving factors in horse culture.

- DISCOVER how adaptable horses really are, and how that makes them an ideal species to share their social lives with humans.

- FOCUS on horse-human relationships applying the knowledge from Part One to reduce equine stress and improve communication in the management and training of all horses.

- EXPLORE how to better assess the horse’s personality and emotions, understand his learning style, and use various communication channels to establish trust, improve friendship, and enhance performance.

- ADDRESS the ethics of horse sports and ask the questions needed to ensure horse welfare in all the disciplines.

- CONSIDER dozens of changes related to horse management and competition recommended by respected industry professionals.

- BE EMPOWERED to be an influencer to improve the lives of horses, whatever the profession, breed, or sport.

Filled with hundreds of color-coded tips and beautiful photos, and backed by science, personal stories, and unique insights, readers have multiple ways to quickly find useful information and apply it to their own horse-human situations. Whether preparing for a horse show, working with young stock, riding on the trails, adopting a wild horse, running a rescue, or just hoping to improve your communication and relationships with all horses, this book is a catalyst for much-needed change in the equine industry.


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Book Title: A Horse by Nature: Managing Emotional and Mental Stress in Horses for Improved Welfare
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781646011827
Author: Mary Ann Simonds
Author Notes: Mary Ann Simonds has worked as a researcher, educator, coach, and consultant for over 30 years in the fields of human and animal behavior, communication, consciousness, and ethology, and is known throughout the world as an expert in the fields of animal behavior and human-animal interactions. She directs the Institute of Integrated Sciences and The Whole Horse & Equestrian Science Institute, while maintaining a professional practice as a consultant. Simonds’ pioneering work has focused on stress management in animals and how humans influence animal behavior both in the wild and in captivity. She has worked with governments, communities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and universities on incorporating stress-management techniques in horse-related projects, events, and studies. Simonds and her work have been featured on television programs and networks, including Outdoor Life and ESPN2, and she has published numerous books and videos related to her wild horse research and examinations of the impacts of stress on wild and domestic horses. Simonds lives in Wellington, Florida.

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