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The Horse Whisperer

Andrew Froggatt has special skills as a horse whisperer: He can train the wildest horse and he’s worked with thousands of horses over the years, from wild, untouched horses, pony club ponies, riding for the disabled horses, through to top level show horses, jumpers and racehorses, especially those that don’t like the starting gate.

Over time, Andrew has developed a system that consistently works to fix problems and bring out the very best in all horses. He is a master at building relationships, establishing trust, respect and creating the right environment, turning rogues into winners. But he also has the skill to relate what he is doing to make it relevant and easy to understand for everyone.

This book tells the stories of several horses Andrew has worked with and illustrates how well he understands them and can get them on-side.

He also works with people using the same approaches, and he has worked with troubled youth, NZ Army, Sport and Recreation NZ on their coach accelerator programme and with large corporates like NZ Post.

The Age of the Horse

Man has always been fascinated by Equus caballus, recasting horse power into many forms: a hunk of meat, an industrial and agricultural machine, a luxury good, a cherished dancer, a comrade in arms and a symbol of a mythical past. From the wild tarpans sought by the Nazis to jade-laden treasure steeds in Ancient China, broken-down nags recycled into sausages and furniture stuffing, stallions that face fighting bulls and brewery horses that charmed the founder of the Sikh Empire, The Age of the Horse knits the history of the horse into that of humans, through revolution, war, social change and uneasy peace. It also uncovers new roles for the horse in the twenty-first century as a tool in the fight against climate change and as a therapist for soldiers damaged in unwinnable conflicts.

In this captivating book, Susanna Forrest takes a journey through time and around the world, from the Mongolian steppes to a mirrored manège at Versailles, an elegant polo club in Beijing and a farm, a fort and an auction house in America, exploring the horse’s crucial role and revealing how our culture and economy were generated, nourished and shaped by horse power and its gifts and limits.