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Both Expert Riders and Novices Can Benefit From Developing the Art of Equine Communication

April 01, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 139

Developing the Art of Equine Communication, a new Moonlight Mesa Associates publication written by C.L. "Lee" Anderson, is a one of a kind when it comes to the horse world and its myriad publications. Anderson's book will be extremely educational for many horse owners, and may challenge the beliefs and practices of many others.

For starters, the cover photo by professional photographer Allen Patrou alone speaks volumes. This is surely a perfect example of a picture being worth a thousand words. The cover design by Vin Libassi is also outstanding. What follows inside the book is every bit as good as the cover suggests.

Horses have been a passion for Anderson since his youth, and he has spent his life studying, reading about, and training these animals. He is, as his tag implies, a "Living Historian and Horseman of the Old-School." It's fortunate that Anderson's experiences and observations are now in printed form.

The beauty of Anderson's book is that he starts at the beginning - not the beginning of horse training, but at the beginning of man's relationship with the horse. These chapters are fascinating in that the author brings to light information that most people just don't know and really have no way of finding out unless they engage in the same painstaking research the author undertook. Anderson goes on from there to give insightful observations of horse behavior and how horses communicate with each other. While one may be tempted to jump ahead in this book and read chapters that pertain strictly to what one wants to know about, having access to this unusual and highly informative information gives the later material far more meaning and sense.

Anderson covers equine topics (sight, smell, touch, and sound) and how these senses affect horses. He goes much further than just explaining, though, and gives extremely helpful, solid suggestions on how to deal with specific issues and undesirable behaviors related to the topics. For example, when one understands why a horse bolts, it's a lot easier to deal with the issue or to avoid the situation altogether. Rather than reacting in blind anger to the bolting animal, having information about why this occurred puts the behavior in a different perspective.

This is not a book written by a newly educated horse person. This book is the culmination of decades of observation, work, and experience. This is a book that any horse person would find of value, regardless of whether a rider agrees with everything the author says or not, or whether the person is a novice or a skilled horseman. There is most definitely something of value for every single rider in this publication.

Barbra Lee is a retired teacher who enjoys reading books and writing book reviews.

Developing the Art of Equine Communication is available at and on amazon.

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