horses healthy and happy is all about establishing good routines and
following the natural cycles of the animals and the land. Nobody knows
this better than Cherry Hill, professional horsekeeper, lifelong horse
lover, and author of more than 30 books on horses. If it involves
horses, Hill knows what to do and when to do it. Her routines
— daily, monthly, and seasonal — are the framework
for Cherry Hill's Horsekeeping
Almanac, a goldmine of horsekeeping knowledge for all
Month by month, Hill touches on every issue likely to affect horses,
horse farms, and the people who care for them both. Each month opens
with a brief description of what's happening on the farm, followed by
personal notes on specific, month-appropriate topics. May, for example,
includes advice on grazing, snakes, composting, bathing and clipping,
and fire strips. November features colic, fire ants, winter water, dry
shampoo, and outdoor horse clothing.
Every month includes recurring reminders, to-do lists, reference
charts, climate notes, equine wit and wisdom, a word of the month, and
an "Ask Cherry" section featuring seasonally relevant excerpts from her
newsletter — all the fascinating tidbits, lore, and
handed-down insights that make almanacs so fascinating. Tying
everything together is Cherry Hill's trusted voice and deep-seated
knowledge of horses.
This is a book readers will keep on hand to welcome each new season on
the farm. Horsekeepers will browse it frequently, use it as a reference
in times of doubt, keep reminders in it, and come back to it year after
year — a reminder of their own horsekeeping seasons. It will
become, in Cherry Hill's words, a Horsekeeping Master Plan..
by Cherry Hill
History Press, 2006.