Deb Bennett, PhD. Books, Tapes, DVD's and CD Roms
CD ROM'S AVAILABLE:
"The Birdie Book"
Dr Deb speaks as a world-renowned authority on conformation,
anatomy, gait, movement, and form to function. And the
first thing that she will tell you is this: there is
something a lot more important about a horse than his
physical body. "The Birdie Book" is about what goes
on inside your horse - what makes him 'tick'. It is
an exposition of what that mysterious thing I that seems
to live inside a horse that makes him think and act
so differently than we do. If you've ever wondered why
horses do the things they do - why they shy at harmless
objects - why they buck, bolt or rear - why they dunk
their hay in their water bucket - or stall weave - or
jump out of the beautiful green pasture you've provided
them - then this is the book you need to look into.
"The Birdie Book" contains about 230 pages of text and
500 photographs and drawings showing horses in every
situation the rider is likely to encounter. The photos
all carry Dr Deb's expert commentatory as to what's
motivating the horse or causing him to respond or act
in a certain way. Many of the photos show horses' facial
and body expressions. One purpose of the book is thus
to help beginners learn to 'read' their horses better.
This is not only the best basis for training, but fundamental
to safety. Another purpose of "The Birdie Book" is to
help owners learn to handle and ride their horses better.
The central theme is that the horse's inner life - his
mind, emotions and spirit - govern his outer or physical
being. "The Birdie Book" clearly explains how to harness
both parts of your horse so that you become able to
work with the whole horse. Specific approaches for getting
your horse to want to do what you want him to do, as
well as clear explanations of the physical aids and
cues, are given throughout. Dr Deb's approach to horsemanship
is strictly classical yet has nothing to do with any
form of competition. It's about joy and companionship,
trust and motivation, sublety and courtesy. It's about
achieving the High School with 100% commitment and zero
New Zealand $65.00 including GST.
Australia $75.00 NZD no GST
Postage: please add $4.75 for NZ postage, or $7.50 for
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"The Inner Horseman"
This is the official newsletter (on CD Rom)
of the Equine Studies Institute, written and illustrated
by Dr Deb Bennett. You automatically receive two copies
per year when you join the Institute.
It costs $25USD per year to subscribe. You need to do
this via Deb's website : www.equinestudies.org
Back Issues for 2001, 2002 & 2003 are all available
on one CD Rom.
New Zealand $99 including GST
Postage: Please add $4.75 postage for NZ, or $7.50 for
here to go to order form.
Alternatively they are available separately via Dr Deb's
website for $25USD per year. These are all packed chokka
with excellent information.
following is an outline of the Back Issues CD Rom, an
essential part of your reference library!!.......
2001: Theme : - "Bit selection, function, and fitting".
Includes detailed studies of the anatomy of the upper
neck and head, tongue, and throat.
Complete review of the 1803 Don Juan Segundo Treatis
Noseband design and function.
Also nervous system anatomy; gait study (canter and
transitions); colic and migraine; contraction versus
decontraction of the topline; horse-handler relations;
"Painty and the Trampoline" poem;
what is classical riding?
Teaching the Plie Bow
The main object in starting young horses
Historical review of Black Beauty
Difference between rough and firm
Tom Dorrance Benefit report
Year 2002: Theme : - "Saddle fit, design and
Includes detailed studies of the anatomy of the neck,
back, loins, belly.
3-D virtual dissections.
Review of passive and active support systems of the
Review of the movie "Spirit"
Free Lungeing by Stephen McKenzie
"Losing Less Money Raising Horses" by Margaret Gardiner
"The Horse Gods" by Millie Hunt Porter
Articles : Riding one step at a time or "training as
"Straight from the Horse's Mouth" a primer on equine
Review/reprint of Gervaise Markham 1614 "Cheape and
Addition to our Rarey collection from 1856
"Judging the Warmblood Horse", conformation study by
Gustav Ra 1935, translated from the German
Short pieces : what is contact?, purpose of arena figures
Newcastle's conceit : Year of the Horse
Year 2003: Theme : - "Orthopedics in horseshoeing"
This is practically a book. Includes over 150 pages
of anatomical information - virtually a book on the
subject - including extensive 3-D dissections of the
lower limb, historical plates, model studies, and literature
Also : Oliver Sacks, MD review, including "Awakenings",
"A Leg to Stand On", "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for
a Hat", and more
"Nothing is Impossible" by Christopher Reeve
"The Faraway Horses" by Buck Brannaman
Study of navicular disease in fossil horses, understanding
shape changes in bone
"The Eye of the Anlage" using your "subtle" eye to better
assess limb conformation
the Institiute horse coin and stamp collection
The Roots of New World Horsemanship" This marvelous
432-page volume tells the story of m,ounted horsemanship
from its beginnings in prehistory to the days of the
Spanish Conquest of the New World. An American Library
Association "Best in Category" winner, this book offers
the easy readability of a novel yet the technical depth
of a college textbook. In this landmark work, Dr Deb
tackles one of the grandest stories in the history of
the world. Native warriors, desert nomads, Norman knights,
Spanish conquistadors, Argentinian gauchos, Tejano colonists
and Californian vaqueros all contribute to the birth
of the unique and varied horse cultures of the New World.
Provocative and fascinating, we guarantee that "Conquerors"
is one book that you will not be able to put down.
With some 500 illustrations, maps, quotations from rare
original sources and an extensive bibliography and index,
"Conquerors" coversthe history of every country in the
New World that has ever bred horses of Iberian background.
This volume is an invaluable resource not only for owners,
breeders and aficionados, but for teachers who need
an authorative and well researched volume on the history
New Zealand $95 including GST
Australia $85NZD no GST
Please add $7.50 postage for NZ, or $20.00 for Australia
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"Principles of Conformation Analysis"
This set consists of three paperback volumes
of about 100 pages eah. Packed with images that are
easy to understand and use, each booklet contains more
than 100 photos and drawings of all breeds and types
of horses. First produced in 1988, the set has become
an industry standard.
Topics covered include : Judging principles and priorities
The anatomical nuts and bolts of the 'ring of muscles",
including Dr Deb's original research into the subject
of helping your horse to move 'round'. Information on
pedigree and genetics.
Detailed coverage of every part of the horse's body
- forequarter, hindquarter, back, neck, head and legs.
New Zealand $65 inc GST
Please add $5.00 postage for NZ, or $15.00 for Australia
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