The BHS Complete Manual of Horse and Stable Management





BOOK REVIEW by Leanne Williams

The BHS (British Horse Society) Complete Manual of


By (First Editing) Islay Auty & (Second Editing) Jo Batty-Smith

This 480 page book has back to back information on EVERYTHING you want or need to know about buying, owning and selling a horse or pony.

Used as one of the main references for the equine education processes in the UK, here in Australia we have adopted it too. Although some aspects are directly related to life in the Northern Hemisphere, most is still directly related to us and our life with our Equine friends.

The emphasis throughout the book is on correct, safe and practical procedures. When originally written this manual was compiled by a panel of experts each contributing from their specialised knowledge.

Now it is a widely used reference, it is a MUST HAVE for every horse owner. There is nothing you will not find in here.

The list is endless

  • Conformation and How to Assess it
  • The Psychology of the Horse
  • The Teeth and Ageing
  • Breeding
  • Identification
  • Buying and Selling a Horse
  • *Care of the Horse
  • Management Methods
  • Grooming
  • Clipping, Trimming, Pulling and Plaiting
  • The Foot and Shoeing
  • Bedding
  • Signs of Good and Ill-Health
  • How to Get a Horse Fit
  • Internal Parasites
  • Stable Vices and Problem Behaviour
  • Watering and Feeding
  • Food and Digestion
  • The Rules of Feeding
  • Food – Composition and Types
  • Deciding on a Ration
  • Feeding Problems and Non-routine Feeding
  • Managing Feed
  • The Feed Shed and Storing Food
  • Saddlery and Tack
  • Saddles
  • Bridles
  • Bits
  • Boots and Bandages
  • Clothing
  • Care and Cleaning
  • Saddling Up and Unsaddling
  • Specialist Care of the Competition Horse
  • Guidelines for Competition Horses
  • The Event Horse
  • The Dressage Horse
  • The Show Jumper
  • The Endurance Horse
  • The Driving Horse or Pony
  • The Hunter
  • The Point-to-Pointer
  • The Show Horse or Pony
  • The Polo Pony
  • Transportation
  • The Horse at Grass
  • Grassland Management
  • Management of Horses and Ponies at Grass
  • Working the Grass-kept Horse or Pony
  • Bringing a Horse up From Grass
  • The Stable Yard
  • Construction of Stables
  • Design of Stables
  • Buying Fodder and Bedding
  • Organising and Running a Yard



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