World-Class Grooming for Horses
After seeing this newly released book advertised everywhere for about a month, we decided we had to put in an order for it. After reading it, we realized it was worthy of a review and that other folks might want to know the wonderful goodies this book is filled with…so without further ado here’s our review of World-Class Grooming for Horses by Cat Hill and Emma Ford.
The most simple review is that this is a must have book for any lesson barn. We cannot imagine how much easier it would have been over the years to try and explain things to students if we had this book the whole time…instead of having to pull out our phones and searching around the internet…or just struggling through trying to explain the how and the why ourselves. While it says it is “The English rider’s Complete Guide,” we think much of the book is comparable in any horse industry subsection. There of course isn’t a section on banding manes (since this is an English manual), but there’s plenty for the Western rider to learn about proper horse care.
It is filled with the basics as well as quite a bit of the not so basic of grooming and horse-keeping. We were impressed with their sections on braiding, clipping, leg wrapping and quarter marks (though we have seen books that are more thorough on these topics…we thought they did a wonderful job of talking about a little bit of everything…and doing it well). We loved the chapter on how to prepare a horse for individual disciplines with their different needs.
We didn’t disagree with anything they were doing or suggesting in this book (which is probably good and means we’re doing it right), which is rare in any equine book. There’s always something that can be done another way or better way. We appreciated a few of their product tips and already purchased a couple of them (the SoftSheen-Carson Optimum Oil Therapy for instance left Champ’s hair very moisturized and soft). We learned a few tips and reinforced some of the things we were already doing reading this textbook. We thought the book was very well illustrated with a ton of photos to show examples of many different processes.
While not a 100% end all be all “covers everything possible” book, World-Class Grooming for Horses comes pretty close. We think this is an indispensable textbook to have at your barn to assist in teaching correct grooming and horse care to students. It also is a wonderful reminder and refresher to have around for anything you’re not an expert at (quarter marks anyone? Or decent braids?).