Bringing your new horse home is a time of great excitement and joy, but it can also represent a time of almost unbearable stress and worry. Perhaps this is the culmination of years of frustrated ambition as a pony mad kid, or maybe owning a horse is the natural progression of returning to the hobby you loved as a child. Either way, as any horse person will tell you, you must be prepared for the unexpected because things often do not go to plan! This book is written for the person who is about to become a horse owner, outlining the different areas you must consider, what you will need to have and know, how to get ready to ensure your horse's arrival is hassle free, how best to begin working successfully with your new partner and how to address any issues which may arise. It explains what behaviors you may expect to see in your horse, why they may appear and how to tackle the less desirable ones. Written from the author's own experience and the experiences shared by others who have been through the process, it aims to provide a friendly, supportive and down to earth reference for those who are keen to give their new horse the best possible start in their new home.
Paula Sainthouse has had a lifelong interest in animals and studied animal behaviour to advanced degree level at Newcastle University in the UK. She has a wealth of experience in the care of various small pets and in the care and training of dogs.
She is passionate about horses, has ridden for over 16 years and spent many years working at various North East stables. She is currently taking her BHS exams with the aim of qualifying as a riding instructor. She has already completed her Senior Horse Masters course (Level 2) with The Open College of Equestrian Studies, receiving a merit, and credits her accumulated equine knowledge to a serious book addiction and the helpful input of the many experienced horse people she has been lucky enough to meet in her riding career to date. She would be the first to admit that there are gaps in her understanding and advocates the philosophy; 'the more you learn about horses, the more you realise there is to learn'.
Paula Sainthouse also holds a degree in Psychology. She has since studied public relations to diploma level with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and has a particular interest in corporate social responsibility and internal communications. She has gained experience in various consultancies and is now a freelance writer. She is currently Associate member of the CIPR.
In her spare time she can usually be found at a stable yard, but also enjoys evenings dining out with friends in the North East. She acknowledges an interest in the unusual and the macabre and as well as having an addiction to horror movies has spent some time researching the dark phenomenon of the serial killer.
Currently she shares her home with two German Shepherd dogs and is the proud owner of a four year old Andalusian mare called Ella.read more
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