This really is a must-have book for any horse and equestrian enthusiast. Whether a person is learning about horses for the first time or, has previous experience, there is so much insight to be gained from this compact volume, coming from a knowledgeable source. More than just a learning aid, it is a book that will serve as a lifelong companion to anyone wishing to share in the privilege of good horsemanship.
Recently re-issued, with few, if any changes, T.J. Gillespie’s book has been in constant demand since first published in 2011. It is now available in both print and e-book editions, providing for a continuity that will allow successive generations to benefit and gain insight from the author's lifelong passion.
Growing up in Sligo, on Ireland’s western seaboard, T.J. Gillespie (aka Tom na gCapaillín) saw horses all around him and took them for granted. Some enchanted day, he knew he must learn more so, he listened and watched and read and, thought out the prevailing wisdom. He put theory to the test, devising and presenting a series of Horse and Pony Management courses, thereby gaining insight into other owners’ problems and points of view.
'I Want to Really Learn about Horses' represents a summation of that lifelong learning, imparted with an enthusiasm that is infectious, written in a warm and engaging style. In no more than 80 pages, the author shares his wealth of experience with an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide, punctuated with illustrations and diagrams throughout. The subjects covered are wide ranging but always to the point.
Now, he shares his unique experience of working with horses in this easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide with illustrations and diagrams throughout. The subjects covered are wide ranging and written about in an engaging style. A commitment to good horsemanship is what this book seeks to impart.
Part One addresses the basics – safety, stabling, diet, learning to identify common ailments and how to respond. Foaling, weaning and preparing the horse for sales also come under the microscope.
In Part Two, he talks about following one’s dream. We learn about suppling exercises, gaits of the horse, clipping, the awkward cuss, overcoming mental blocks and prepping a horse for racing. This section also includes some history, anecdotes and illustrations from the world of horse breeding and equestrian pursuits.
TJ Gillespie’s understanding of horses is based on a lifelong passion and commitment and a privilege that he has chosen to share. Whether you are learning about horses for the first time or, you have previous experience, there is much to be gained from this compact volume, coming from a knowledgeable source.