Winning with Horses: How One of the Best Polo Players of All Time and a Sport Horse Veterinarian Balance Human Goals with Equine Needs (Paperback)

Winning with Horses: How One of the Best Polo Players of All Time and a Sport Horse Veterinarian Balance Human Goals with Equine Needs By Shelley Onderdonk, Adam Snow Cover Image

Winning with Horses: How One of the Best Polo Players of All Time and a Sport Horse Veterinarian Balance Human Goals with Equine Needs (Paperback)


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A compelling look at a lifetime of success competing with
horses, and what it takes to make sure it is the horse that always wins.

Is it possible to be simultaneously passionate about winning in an equestrian sport and about the welfare of horses?

Professional polo player Adam Snow and sport horse
veterinarian Shelley Onderdonk answer this undeniably twenty-first-century
question with a resounding, "Yes " They have spent a lifetime together,
nurturing Adam's astounding career at the top of his sport (he is the last
American polo player to achieve the perfect 10-goal handicap) with the artful,
conscientious care and training of the equine partners he needed to be the
best. And Shelley's twenty-five years as an equine veterinarian have been spent
helping sport horses compete at the highest levels in other disciplines, as
well--including reining, racing, eventing, show jumping, and dressage--while
always prioritizing long-term health and well-being.

In these pages, Adam and Shelley share the keys to their success...and
the struggles and celebrations that taught them along the way. Through the lens
of their disparate and yet synchronous experiences in the intense realm of world-class
equestrian sport, they explore topics of concern and those worthy of
consideration, including the:

- Role of natural training methods and horse-human communication

- Cultivation of a competitive training mindset

- Responsibility of a veterinary team member: goals of prevention and realities of diagnosis

- Options offered by therapeutic alternatives

- Best steps when preparing human and horse for competition

- Hard questions to ask when maintaining an equine athlete

- Pieces that make up the performance puzzle: conditioning, farriery, tack, and travel

- Reality of retirement and when it is the right thing to do, for horse and human

Smart, engaging, and honest, this book is the answer to the
online debates and the boardroom arguments. With intelligence and experience, the
authors provide the much-needed antidote to the dark side of horse sports. "Our
story is an explicit acknowledgement that doing good for the horse is good for
results in the competitive arena," they write. "Our task is to explain our
method, and yours is to prove that it can be replicated."

Shelley Onderdonk was born and raised in San Mateo, California. She is a graduate of Yale (BA,89) and University of Georgia (DVM,97), and has continued her medical education through the InternationalVeterinary Acupuncture Society and The Chi Institute. Shelley's integrativeveterinary practice, active since 1998, incorporates the best of Westernmedicine, acupuncture, manual therapy, equine sport science, and rehabilitationfor the benefit of her patients. She is an avid environmentalist, rider, writer, and yogini.Adam Snow played polo professionally for 34 years, achievingthe highest rating of 10 goals in 2003. Career highlights include winning twoUS Open titles, competing in the Argentine Open in 1998 and 2004, winning manyBest Playing Pony prizes for his horses, and twice being named Player of theYear. He was inducted into the Polo Hall of Fame in 2014. Retired fromtournament polo, he now gives back to the sport via coaching, mentoring, writing, as well as announcing polo games for television. Adam grew up inHamilton, Massachusetts, and received a BA from Yale, where he also played icehockey and lacrosse.Shelley and Adam met in college and were married in 1989.They have made Aiken, South Carolina, their home base ever since they first bought24 acres of farmland there in 1992. They are devoted parents to three sons andpartners in making their New Haven Farm an idyll for animals and humans alike.Winning with Horses is their second co-authored book; the first, Polo Life: Horses, Sport, 10 & Zen, was published in 2016.
Product Details ISBN: 9781646011728
ISBN-10: 1646011724
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
Publication Date: June 13th, 2023
Pages: 248
Language: English