So, I’ve been on a young horse training kick out at the barn so I’m drafting a post about my (non-professional) take on training green horses. I’ve been working with some friends who retrain recently retired off the track thoroughbreds (and a handful of ponies).  So I’m getting some more hands on experience with the training of green (but not unstarted) young horses.

In a pair with the training post, the next book review will be about Ingrid and Reiner Klimke’s book “Basic Training of the Young Horse, 3rd Edition”. For those not familiar with them, the late Reiner Klimke was a world renowned dressage rider and trainer. His daughter Ingrid Klimke is one of the best Event riders in the world. They wrote the first edition of this book together in 1980. This version has been updated by Ingrid in 2015

Book Review: Storey’s Guide to Raising Horses

Breeding * Care * Facilities

This book is the one-stop shop for horse management information. It covers feeding, fencing, pasture, first aid, barns, handling (adults and foals), genetics, basic medical care, and all sorts of details about breeding.

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What should we read next?

Do we want to learn more about breeding? I have several books on breeding and broodmare/stud management?


What about handling stallions in general?


There is the book on equipment for a horse farm. Not exciting, but useful.


Or Storey’s guide to raising horses. I’ve started reading that one. It’s good so far!


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So you think you want to breed your mare?

This post as a LOT of great information in it. And books to add to my list. Plus a list of important cautions to keep in mind.

I have a lot of breeder friends, both pro and amateur, and can’t seem to stop obsessively following all things sporthorse breeding-related. Our trip to Belgium last year to visit farms and watch the sBs stallion show will forever be one of the highlights of my life… I was in heaven. So, ya know, I guess you could say that sporthorse breeding is a subject very near and dear to my heart. Having worked at a breeding farm in the past and been involved with the breeding industry in some capacity for many years now, I have made a lot of observations along the way. I have certainly learned a ton in the decade since I first embarked on the journey to create my first homebred – much of it by trial and error.


Since breeding Sadie this year for what will be my second homebred (because yes, even having seen all the terrible things that I’ve…

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In the works

I’m almost done reading What It Really Takes to Start and Run a Horse Business and I’m drafting the pt 2 and final review (see part 1 here)

I’ve skimmed Starting & Running Your Own Horse Business and have started outlining the review before reading more in depth

I’ve started Storey’s Guide to Raising Horses. This book is very dense and will take some time to complete. I may do a “first impressions” post coming up

For the full list of books I recently purchased and plan to review click here

I attended the Minnesota Horse Expo a few weeks ago and intend to put a post together with some of the things I learned there. Keep your eyes peeled for that post.