Introduction. Part I: Beginning with Horse Basics. Chapter 1: Welcome to the World of Horses. Chapter 2: Understanding Horses from Head to Hoof. Chapter 3: Perusing Popular Horse Breeds. Part II: Selecting a Horse and the Stuff that Goes with Him. Chapter 4: Preparing to Make Your Purchase. Chapter 5: Making the Big Buy. Chapter 6: Getting into Gear with Horse Equipment. Chapter 7: Housing Your Horse Comfortably. Part III: Taking Care of Your Horse. Chapter 8: Establishing an Everyday Routine. Chapter 9: Keeping Your Horse Clean and Pretty. Chapter 10: Preventing Equine Health Problems. Chapter 11: Examining and Treating Equine Health Troubles. Chapter 12: Giving Up Your Horse. Part IV: Handling Your Horse with Ease. Chapter 13: Working with Your Horse from the Ground. Chapter 14: Selecting a Riding Discipline. Chapter 15: Getting Ready Before You Mount. Chapter 16: Taking Control in the Saddle. Chapter 17: Staying Safe on (and around) Your Horse. Chapter 18: Competing on Horseback. Chapter 19: Riding for the Fun of It. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 20: Ten Horse Myths. Chapter 21: Ten Great Movies about Horses. Appendix: Equine Resources. Index.
Audrey Pavia is an award-winning writer of numerous books and articles on equine subjects. Janice Posnikoff, DVM, is an equine veterinarian and contributing editor to Horse Illustrated.