True horsemanship is the act of managing fear, while providing comfort. Is your horse hitting the wall? Your equine athlete may be physically fit, but still seemingly aloof and disinterested. Physically fit but mentally bored is a serious but very common issue. Mental Fitness is your key to ultimate success but is perhaps one of the most underutilized aspects of horsemanship.
This book takes the reader on a journey of discovery of the intimate drama of life in the equine circle. Along the way, you see what a view from the hoof is like as the author delves into the developing mind of the horse.
Whether you are a breeder, trainer, casual rider, or just a human who loves horses, your deeper understanding of the minute intricacies of this rather private but social animal is crucial for its health and well being. Within the pages of this book, you’ll journey inside the magic that is within the spirit of the horse.
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KERRY M. THOMAS is the founder of the Thomas Herding Technique and a researcher who studies the psychology and Emotional Conformation of horses. His study of wild Mustang herds in the Bighorn Mountain range led to the development of the EthoGrade Scale which Kerry uses to measure the behavior and Emotional Conformation of his clients horses. Emotional Conformation is the most important factor that can determine if a horse has the heart and mind of a potential champion. Nurturing the Natural Herd Dynamic of the horse in the domestic environment is vitally important for its health and well being and can make all the difference between failure or success in the show horse and racehorse. Behavior triggers and Behavioral Overcompensation can be tremendous obstacles, preventing the horse from living up to its fullest potential. Kerry’s articles on horse behavior and Emotional Conformation have appeared in The Arabian Magazine, The Horseplayer Magazine, Equine Excellence magazine and the online edition of Zatt The Magazine as well as Brian Zipse’s Zatt Technical blog and Richman’s Racing blog which covers news about thoroughbreds in Asia and China. Kerry is also actively involved in education programs at the university level around is available for a lecture series tour, outlined topics are on the THT site. In addition to leading the Thomas Herding Technique, Kerry also is a team member of the Pine Knoll Center for Integrated Horsemanship of Lexington, Kentucky, where he provides Emotional Conformation profiles of horses. For more information about the psychology of the horse and Emotional Conformation, visit Kerry’s website: http://www.thomasherdingtechnique.com
CALVIN L. CARTER is a pedigree analyst and freelance writer. His articles about pedigrees and sire lines have appeared in The Horseplayer Magazine and he writes about juvenile thoroughbreds on his blog: http://classicchampionthoroughbreds.blogspot.com/