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ISBN: 9780857042934
AUTHOR: Dawn Westcott
Wild Stallion Whispering
Wild Stallion Whispering
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The real-life story of a wild and tempestuous Exmoor colt foal who was rounded up from his moorland home and – after being weaned and multiple hot branded – found himself unwanted and facing a bleak future.

He was offered a lifeline by Dawn who faced the formidable challenge of taming him.

This is the story of how ‘Bear’ becomes a magnificent registered stallion – taking the showing world by storm, winning two world championships in horse agility – and how he conquers his fears and learns to build a bond of trust with Dawn.

The book is a candid account of the highs and lows of their journey – how they both strive to learn and find the resilience to overcome adversity to succeed – with amusing anecdotes throughout. It offers fascinating insights into the characters and behaviours of stallions, the wild Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park and their quest for survival.

There are invaluable tips for empathetic trust-based horse handling – including backing to saddle – with a practical section detailing the Core Connection Warm-up Exercises that Dawn uses to establish the foundation skills for liberty, agility and ridden work.

The book explores riding bitless and the ethics of competition. It will appeal to people interested in better understanding the equine mind and developing trust and connection with any horse or pony.

Most of all, it is the captivating story of a charismatic wild-born Exmoor stallion that will resonate with anyone who loves horses.

Dawn Westcott is the author of best-selling Wild Pony Whispering which tells the heart-rending story of rescued orphaned wild foal Monsieur Chapeau who highlights the plight of the moorland Exmoor ponies. After a career in glossy magazine publishing in London, a move to the West Country re-ignited Dawn’s childhood passion for the wild ponies of Exmoor and, after marrying Exmoor farmer Nick Westcott in 2008, the couple re-established the family’s ancient Herd 11, one of the three herds originally founded by Nick’s great-grandfather and his two brothers early in the twentieth century.

The Westcott family have lived and farmed on Exmoor for over 500 years. The couple are co-founders of the Moorland Exmoor Foal Project and the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group. Along with pony training, writing and being a farmer’s wife, Dawn is a portrait artist and Reiki Master.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 293 4, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published August 2016.

Wild Pony WhisperingWild Pony Whispering - £14.99
This is Dawn Westcott's real-life story of Monsieur Chapeau, a wild, orphaned Exmoor pony foal found severely malnourished with pneumonia on the moors of Exmoor and how he survived and thrived beyond all expectations – bringing with him the secrets of how to create a bond of trust and friendship with the wild Exmoor ponies.
Spirit of the Fell PonySpirit of the Fell Pony - £4.99
This book celebrates these endearing and popular animals through the superb photography of Fleur Hallam. It will be a treasured memento for all those who have a passion for ponies.
The Spirit of the Exmoor PonyThe Spirit of the Exmoor Pony - £4.99
Renowned photographers Lisa and Shanan Leigh have captured these fascinating animals at all times and seasons, from the annual gathering, through the sometimes harsh winters, to foaling in the summer, to show the Exmoor pony at its true and spirited best.
A Puppy the Size of a PonyA Puppy the Size of a Pony - £9.99
This book is a sequel to the popular Barking Mad in Barnstaple and William: Still Barking and completes the trilogy by Grace Dorey, which presents a humorous account of the early life of a wilful Golden Retriever puppy, named William.
Spirit of Dartmoor PoniesSpirit of Dartmoor Ponies - £4.99
With over sixty fascinating and heart-warming images, Spirit of Dartmoor Ponies by the Dartmoor Pony Society captures the essence of these beautiful creatures, the living heart of the Dartmoor landscape.
Spirit of the Welsh Mountain PonySpirit of the Welsh Mountain Pony - £4.99
Photographer Fleur Hallam has captured these beautiful ponies in their homeland, from the mountains and the lowlands of Wales, through to the grace of the ponies on the show field, showing the Welsh Mountain pony at its hardy and spirited best.
Spirit of the Dales PonySpirit of the Dales Pony - £4.99
A native of the eastern Pennines, the Dales has always been a strong, hardy and stylish pony, suitable for all the family. With over sixty fascinating and heart-warming images, Spirit of the Dales Pony captures the essence of these beautiful creatures.
Spirit of the Shetland PonySpirit of the Shetland Pony - £4.99
With over sixty fascinating and heart-warming images by accomplished rural photographer Heidi Sands, Spirit of the Shetland Pony captures the essence of these beautiful creatures.
Spirit of the Highland PonySpirit of the Highland Pony - £4.99
Heidi Sands has captured the essence of the Highland Pony on film with her beautiful photographs, depicting them in their natural environment at work and at play.
Web Price: £14.99
17.37 EUR 18.74 USD 24.55 AUD

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