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Schwartz, Cheryl, DVM, Four Paws, Five Directions, A Guide to Chinese Medicine
Cats and Dogs. Celestial Arts, 1996.
Acu-Cat: A Guide to Feline Acupressure. Tallgrass
Publications. Visit www.animalacupressure.com FMI.
Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual. Tallgrass
The Well Connected Dog: Canine Acupressure. Tallgrass
Kaselle, M. and P. Hannay. Touching Horses: Communication,
Health and Healing Through Shiatsu. J.A. Allen &
Co., Ltd., 1995.
*Bennett, Deb, Ph.D. Dr. Deb Bennett’s Secrets
of Conformation (video). The EQUUS Collection, 1993.
Bennett, Deb, Ph.D. Principles of Conformation
Analysis (3 vols). Fleet Street
Dr. Deb’s practical approach
to conformation. Shows
what to look for in a balanced, athletic horse. Books (esp.
vols. II and III) are full of details on evaluating posture,
conformation and potential.
*Goody, Peter C. Horse
Anatomy London: J. A. Allen & Co., Ltd., 1983.
Easy to understand
illustrations, clear explanations. Basic information.
Susan E. Horse Gaits, Balance and Movement. Howell
Book House, 1993.
Textbook on how horses move, what makes the different gaits,
good and poor movement.
*Kainer, Robert A. & T. O. McCracken. Coloring
Atlas of Horse Anatomy. Alpine
Publishing, Inc., 1994.
Excellent for general anatomy, especially the skull
and leg muscles, nervous and lymphatic systems.
F. & Donald G. Lee. Anatomy of the
Horse. Breakthrough Publications, 1993.
Fine muscle drawings, good for deep muscle anatomy, attachments,
Bromily, Mary. Equine Injury, Therapy and Rehabilitation. Cambridge,
Mass.: Blackwell Science Ltd., 1993.
for Equine Health. Cambridge,
Mass.: Blackwell Science Ltd., 1994.
Aimed at the horse owner, from a successful, experienced
English equine physical therapist.
Denoix, Jean-Marie & Jean-Pierre Pailloux. Physical
Therapy and Massage for the Horse. North Pomfret,
Vermont: Trafalgar Square Pub., 1996.
Advanced - includes neuromuscular info, therapeutic programs
and modalities for specific problems.
Halstead, Doris & Carrie
Cameron. Release The Potential. Half Halt Press, 2000.
Some of the easiest, most effective bodywork techniques
available to make a permanent difference for every horse,
and rider, taught by dedicated healers with deep knowledge
Hanna, Thomas. Somatics Addison-Wesley
Publishing Co., 1988.
Patterns of dysfunctional posture and movement (in people),
how they develop, and how to address them with posture
Kasselle, Marilyn & P. Hannary.
Touching Horses: Communication, Health and Healing
Through Shiatsu. J. A.
Allen & Co. Ltd., 1995.
Beautifully illustrated book on healing philosophy, equine
meridians, acupressure massage and stretching, detailed
how-to descriptions and photos of happy, healthy horses.
*Meagher, Jack. Beating Muscle Injuries for Horses
(Also in video). Hamilton Horse Associates, 1985.
Clear, practical beginning information on sports massage
(stress point myotherapy).
Sutton, Amanda. How to Have
an Injury-Free Horse. 2001.
An easy to use, photographic guide to equine bodywork,
stretching, management (such as saddle fit, and other aspects
of a healthy body). Includes suggestions on maintaining
human health and balance.
*Zidonis, Nancy, Marie Soderberg & Amy
Snow. Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual. Tallgrass
Pub, Co., 1998.
Third edition is great. Clear, practical information with
treatments for specific problems.
Stashak, Ted S. & Cherry Hill. Horseowner’s
Guide to Lameness. Williams & Wilkins, 1996.
Complete and well illustrated.
Tellington-Jones, Linda. TTEAM UP With Your Horse
Call (800) 829-9402 FMI.
The originator of user and horse-friendly
Feldenkreis-based bodywork, exercises and communication.
*Thompson, Diana, ed. The
Whole Horse Journal. Call (800)
Practical, accurate information on bodywork
and holistic horse care. Ceased publication in May 2000.
Genadek, David. About
Saddle Fit (video). About The Horse, Inc. Call (800)
449-7409 or visit www.aboutthehorse.com
Has a clear and accurate
explanation of how the horse’s back works during
movement, and how this relates to saddle fit. Western approach
enlightening for all riders.
Dorrance, Tom. True Unity. Give-It-A-Go Enterprises. Pioneer
Pub. Co., 1987.
The dean of “natural” horsemen sets down his
philosophy for respectful horse-human relationships.
Available as audio recording; video “Greetings from
Tom Dorrance” also available.
Dorrance, Bill & Leslie
Desmond. True Horsemanshipe Through Feel. Diamond
Lu Productions, 1999.
Superbly detailed, profusely illustrated and carefully
written guide to every aspect of true partnership with
Hunt, Ray. Think Harmony With Horses. Give-It-A-Go
Enterprises. Pioneer Pub. Co., 1978.
How to “be the horse” when you’re in
Russell, Eleanor. Gymnastic Exercises For Horses.
Progressive and fun exercises for suppling and fitness
to improve horses in every level and sport.
Ann. Think Like A Horse (video). Com Arts, 1991.
Call (510) 233-2984 FMI.
Enjoyable video aimed at new mustang
owners. A horse’s
point of view.
Sivewright, Molly. Thinking Riding
Book 2: In
Good Form. J. A. Allen & Co., Ltd., 1984.
Superb explanation of the relationship between the rider
and the horse physically and mentally;
how to ensure straightness, grace and pride in the horse;
detailed explanation of lateral work.
Swift, Sally. Centered Riding. New York: St. Martin’s/Marek, 1985.
Vivid images and exercises aimed at achieving balance with
your horse. Best with certified instructor.
The Trail Less
Journal of “natural horsemanship” techniques
and resources. Thoughtful, detailed, extensively illustrated,
Wynmalen, Henry. Dressage: A Study
of the Finer Points of Riding. Wilshire Book Co.,
Higher levels of horsemanship, achieved with the
well-being in mind.
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*Boone, J. Allen. Kinship With All Life. Harper:
San Francisco, 1954.
Fascinating, amusing and heartwarming instructions on
achieving true communication with any species.
Peter. Waking The Tiger: Healing Trauma. North
Atlantic Books, 1997.
Illuminating; practical steps for healing trauma and
staying untraumatized; trauma first-aid guide.
Hanh. Peace Is Every Step. Bantam Books, 1991.
This book and many of his others are elegantly simple
introductions to the practice of being present.
*Excellent starter material. Videos are usually available
for rent at tack shops.