Science and Horse Sense with Maddy Butcher Gray
Maddy Butcher Gray knows learning about horses and horsemanship is really a lifelong pursuit. Maddy Butcher Gray is the owner and founder of NickerNews and BestHorsePractices, websites dedicated to horses and horse owners. She is a free-lance journalist, having written for the Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal. She has covered sports, travel, and breaking news. Now, Maddy Butcher Gray has compiled a book, A Rider’s Reader: Exploring Horse Sense, Science, & Sentiment. It is a collection of articles, blog posts, and new writing designed to help the horse and its owner. Along the way you learn about Maddy Butcher Gray’s life and her horses. Maddy writes about training issues with Jolene, her mule. She writes about moving to Iowa, then Utah. She writes about the trainers and horsemen she has met along her journey.
A Rider’s Reader is filled with anecdotes and bits of wisdom from many of the preeminent horsemen and women of our time. The tribute to Tom and Bill Dorrance at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is writing that is not only useful, but entertaining. The stories other trainers tell about these two are heart warming and inspiring.
I think you are going to hear a lot about Evidence Based Horsemanship in the coming years. Maddy Butcher Gray has a whole section in A Rider’s Reader dedicated to the topic. Her explanation is clear and easier to understand. As this philosophy becomes more developed, we are going to see a lot more practical information coming to light. Maddy goes into some detail on the work Dr. Stephen Peters and Martin Black have done in this area.
Please take a moment to check out Maddy Butcher Gray’s NickerNews and BestHorsePractices. I think you will find them useful tools on your road to good horsemanship.
Other Links Mentioned on the Show
A Rider’s Reader Facebook Page
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