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Hobbies and Crafts
Author: Kristine Oakhurst
ISBN: 1466354844
Subcategory: Pets & Animal Care
Pages 130 pages
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 18, 2011)
Language English
Category: Hobbies and Crafts
Rating: 4.1
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eBook Green: The Missing Horseback Rider's Guide for Keeping Your Money, Sanity, and Joy download

by Kristine Oakhurst

Green: The Missing Horseback Rider's Guide for Keeping Your Money, Sanity, and Joy may not save your marriage, but it very well could save your horse career.

Green contains 25 biting chapters on how to protect yourself in the horse world including:

How to Find a Barn Being an Adult Rider Horse Crazy Kids Goal Realization Money Commitments The Real Scoop on "Horse Whisperers" and more...

"So You Don't Know What You're Doing and You Just Bought a Horse..."

At the heart of the book, Green is esteemed author Kristine Oakhurst's quest to prevent you from making mistakes, burning out, and quitting horses altogether.

Before you buy another piece of tack, or (gasp) another horse, first read this book because it is THE trusted guide to help you make every big and small decision weighing on a new horsewoman's mind.

I'd ridden for many years so I picked up this book with scepticism. Whoa! A book like this or a friend like Kristine would have given me a lot more focus and probably a lot less frustration in my early years of riding. Questions, warnings and other tips are dead serious, but with a humorous touch. Many books cover riding techniques. Very few introduce the novice into the culture of riding: barns, trainers, expenses - and certainly not with the directness of this book. The last chapter, by the author's husband, does a terrific job of conveying the rewards of riding to parents and spouses and is an often neglected topic. It would be a good book for riding clubs and libraries to make available to those just entering the wonderful world of riding.
When my daughter outgrew her leased hunter pony my wife and I started researching buying her her first horse. At first I merely followed along with the head trainer of her barn to look at horses but it soon became obvious that I needed to find out what was behind the decision-making process because it seemed to me that every horse we looked at wasn't quite right unless it was in excess of what I had told her we could afford. Also, any horse I found myself on the internet wasn't right in her eyes--it HAD to be one that she chose. She told me if I went ahead and bought a horse myself without her involvement that I was a fool. I believed her. I handed her a large wad of money and she handed us the lead rope of a beautiful chestnut Quarter Horse gelding with navicular. Now, 4 years later, I wish like hell I had this book to help guide me through the process. Nearly every example given in this book I had experienced to one degree or another.
Anyone even thinking about riding horses should read this book. I just recently completed my first purchase of a horse. Without this book, I don't think I would have fared as well. I encountered multiple scenarios that are described in the book that were red flags when people were trying to separate me from my money without providing value or good guidance. Even with the advice provided by it, I find that I am overly emotional about horses and struggle to think clearly when it comes to making good purchase decisions. The best advice is to educate yourself and trust your gut. When you're unsure, rely on a close friend or objective person who has no stake your decision.
Good info, but seems to assume that every new horse owner is going to be showing, working with a trainer, and boarding in a barn specializing in hunters/jumpers or dressage.
Kristine, and her site Citizen Horse, are just awesome. This guide is reflective of her site. She tells it like it is and I appreciate her advice in this guide. She is such a fantastic writer too, lots of humor inter-laced. A strong recommend if you don't want sugar-coated advice on owning or leasing your first equine companion.
Ms. Oakhurst does a wonderful job of bringing a "greenie" into the world of horses. A world not for the faint of heart, as she describes with biting humor, and certainly a lifestyle that warrants a hefty dose of preparation and realism. "Green" rips the rose colored glasses right off and gives the newcomer the valuable benefit of the author's varied and extensive practical experience. From choosing a barn and trainer all the way to possibly considering a lease or purchase (with many stops in between), Ms. Oakhurst is an experienced guide. Although geared towards those who are new to riding, there is plenty to provide a wake up call to many who are often alarmingly greener than they think. "Green" is a terrific way to get some really great insider tips that are rarely discussed and to learn which questions to ask and why. Invaluable lessons for the newcomer to learn in here - not the least of which is when to open your mouth and your wallet...or not.
Well worth the read. Sage advice from an experienced horsewoman. Her advice echoes what I tell friends who are thinking of getting themselves or their kids into riding. This is not a detailed book enumerating costs but a overview of what to be cautious of with the horse industry.
I found this book to be very helpful when my partner was in search of a new horse. Since I had done everything wrong when buying my own horse, I thought they getting this book for a beginner buying her first would be enormously helpful. If you want to save yourself many problems in the long run, I highly recommend this book!