A Horse by Nature

Emotional and Mental Stress Management for Horses

Mary Ann Simonds


(Not yet published)

ISBN: 9781646010431

PUBLICATION DATE: January 14, 2024

CATEGORY: Care & Stable Management, Riding & Training

BINDING: Paperback


Renowned wild horse ecologist Mary Ann Simonds provides a soup-to-nuts manual for stress-reduction in performance horses. Based on her 30-plus years of personal research and experience of wild horse ecology and domestic horse behaviour, as well as data provided by other equine scientists, readers will find a foundation of understanding related to the natural life cycle and history of the horse, from birth to forming friendships and families. The importance of gender, age, breed, culture, and habitat in the horse’s natural development are clarified.

Simonds then explores horse-human relationships, communication, care, and training, as well as “the things we do with horses,” clarifying how to reduce the stress typically experienced by horses when pursuing specific equestrian disciplines and activities.

Throughout, colour-coded tips, indicating whether its information is “Essential,” “Important,” “Makes Life Better,” or “Ensures Safety,” highlight the different ways riders and trainers can address the horse’s quality of life to ensure stress is minimised or negated whenever possible. Simonds analyses all manner of equestrian activities, including:

- Pleasure riding, trail riding, and keeping horses at home.
- Training for sport or performance.
- Horse shows and competition.
- Human-animal interaction programs, such as equine-assisted therapy and horse tourism.
- Equine bodyworkers, including chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists.
- Rescues and wild horses.
- Clinical work and research.
- Shipping and travel.
- Sales barns and boarding barns.

Fun, friendly, and informative, A Horse By Nature is designed to help both novices and experts gain better insight into how horses think, feel, learn, and generally perceive our human world. It also looks at humans and gives suggestions as to how we can change our own thinking or behaviour to better understand our horses, eliminating unnecessary stress and inhumane treatment while ensuring healthier, better performing equines, whatever the equestrian pursuit.

Meet the author Mary Ann Simonds

Mary Ann Simonds has worked as a researcher, educator, coach, and consultant for over 30 years in the fields of human and animal behaviour, communication, consciousness, and ethology, and is known throughout the world as an expert in the fields of animal behaviour and human-animal interactions. She directs the Institute of Integrated Sciences and The Whole Horse & Equestrian Science Institute, while maintaining a professional practice as a consultant. Simonds’ pioneering work has focused on stress management in animals and how humans influence animal behaviour both in the wild and in captivity. She has worked with governments, communities, businesses, nonprofit organisations, and universities on incorporating stress-management techniques in horse-related projects, events, and studies. Simonds and her work have been featured on television programs and networks, including Outdoor Life and ESPN2, and she has published numerous books and videos related to her wild horse research and examinations of the impacts of stress on wild and domestic horses. Simonds lives in Wellington, Florida.