True horsemanship is an almost spiritual quest to the person who pursues it seriously. As you ride on the trail to enlightenment, you'll discover things about yourself you don't admire much, such as triggers for fear, anger, and frustration. If you keep going, you'll also discover moments and emotions you can't experience many other ways, including the deep and enduring satisfaction and sense of fulfillment that comes from being able to communicate with another species.
After you come to know horses well, your world — and your perspective of it — changes forever. You find that they have unique personalities of their own, as well as needs and feelings similar to ours. The task of caring for a horse is at once a rewarding and daunting task, especially to someone new to horses. Horses are not objects to be treated however you wish and then disposed of when you tire of them. They are sentient, thinking beings that deserve to be treated the way we would want to be treated if we stood in their horseshoes.
There's an endless amount be to be learned. You can pick up knowledge through books, but the most valuable wisdom will come from your interactions with the horses themselves. With a horse or two around the house, you will never be bored again. You also won't have to visit the gym as much because riding and caring for horses will keep you in shape.
In the true tradition of the Everything® series, this book aims to give you enough information and resources to direct you down the path toward the knowledge of what it means to be a true horseman. Above all, this book aims to help you enjoy your horse. So when you can't be in the barn, enjoy this book, read it and others like it, and learn all you can about horses.