Experienced backyard horsekeeper Joan Fry leads the prospective horse owner through the process of assessing suitable land; choosing a veterinarian and farrier; constructing and furnishing a small barn, paddock, and arena; purchasing a horse; and feeding and care. Of particular value to both novice and experienced owners are sections on feed, which take current nutrition research into account, and on training the horse for safe and enjoyable trail riding.
"Joan Fry has turned out a responsible but entertaining manual. Fry adroitly covers hundreds of topics on horsekeeper basics. Even the advanced horse owner will benefit from Fry's insights."—Antelope Valley Press
"The title caught my attention because I think the 'backyard' horse and rider have been neglected. Your book, in my opinion, goes far beyond the scope of the backyard horse and should be informative to all readers."—Robert Miller