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This book is a reflection of Dr. Joe Armstrong.

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 15, 2023

Like my friend of almost 50 years, this book is credible and based on integrity. Read it and believe it. In Joe’s sparse, kind, and direct manner, he tells what you need to know, and no more. We are fortunate that he has taken the time to write it down. Joe addresses important topics, commissions, for example, that some would stay away from. If you are only going to buy one book on horse care and management, buy this one.

Gary L. Carpenter life long horseman and current NRHA Commissioner

Fantastic Book

Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 21, 2023

Wonderful book. It is full of knowledge and also a fun read with all the personal items. I have long been a fan and friend of Dr. Armstrong, yes it still takes me a while to just call him, Joe. It is a great book for a beginner thru seasoned horseman.

Suzie Duff Retired Medical Technologist Horse owner since 1967 and rider since 1955.

A lifetime of the consummate horseman's wisdom and stories!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
September 30, 2023

My family and I have always had the privilege of being well mounted, thanks to Joe. My family and I have experienced show success at all levels, and recreational enjoyment, with his horses and guidance. What gifts he has shared with us in Horseman’s Handbook.

Jason Spier horse enthusiast

A book for every horseman

Rated 5.0 out of 5
September 28, 2023

A fantastic all-encompassing guide to horse ownership. Whether you are an experienced owner or are just starting out, this is the book to have. Joe Armstrong is a wonderful and experienced horseman and it shines through in the book

Taylor Becker

For a "non-horseman" such as myself, Joe's book is a treasure.

Rated 5.0 out of 5
September 27, 2023

Joe and Rusty Armstrong are dear friends of mine, so having this book is a real treat. I’m not a horseman. My late wife, Linda Pummell, owned two horses: a Welsh pony named Triana (who now enjoys life at the Armstrong Ranch); and a Norwegian Fjord pony named Elke, who lives in Boise, Idaho with her “adopted” family. I learned to love those horses and the folks who breed, train, and care for them. Joe Armstrong is the consummate horseman. This book is like his manifesto, and it reveals the man in full color. There is nothing theoretical here. It’s lived out by Joe every day. He practices what he preaches. Yes, I’m a bit biased, I must admit. Joe and Rusty are personal friends. But even for a layperson like me, the book is an enjoyable and immensely practical read. I highly recommnend it.

John A. Pummell - Retired from the military 27 years total service My wife owned two horses and I helped care for them and grew to love them.

UNPARALLELED OPPORTUNITY to read the wisdom shared by a great horseman!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
September 26, 2023

What a wonderful blend of practical and scientific knowledge shared in an easy to understand way. I love the “Thumb rules” shared in the book. They alone are worth the price of the book. Anyone interested in horses should own a copy of this book. One of the last great horseman shares his wealth of knowledge.

Craig H. Wood - former President of APHA and Judge member of the APHA Hall of Fame Professor and Assistant Extension Director for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Kentucky


Rated 5.0 out of 5
September 22, 2023

I had the opportunity to read a draft version of this book several years ago. I knew then that Dr. Armstrong’s education, experience, hands on knowledge and vision would create a great horse reference book. Dr. Armstrong willing shares his wisdom and wit of the unique horse world in this volume. Ask the question and the answer is there.

Anna Riggs-Eader AQHA Director at Large New Mexico Quarter Horse Association

Enlightening and entertaining - wonderful book

Rated 5.0 out of 5
September 19, 2023

Reading the Horseman’s Handbook was both enlightening and entertaining. Dr. Joe Armstrong provides information he’s gleaned during his years of horse breeding, owning, showing and teaching about horses to readers in a straight-forward manner that allows for easy understanding, even when the subject is complex. It’s a wonderful book for beginner horse owners / riders as well as a useful tool for horsemen, and women, of all levels.

Kate Bradley Byars - Writer Photographer Horsewoman

Great book! Factual and up to date

Rated 5.0 out of 5
September 5, 2023

Dr. Joe Armstrong’s new book is great. It is factual and up to date on the science of our industry. Joe is unique in the world of academics. He’s a horseman who has “been there.” This book also includes a lot of pictures that depict Joe’s lifetime of being involved in the industry.

Jim Heird - Former AQHA President & Judge, former Professor at Texas A&M, CSU & Texas Tech, Texas Horse Racing & Cowboy Hall of Fame Honoree

All new horse owners need this book

Rated 5.0 out of 5
August 24, 2023

I am amazed at the breadth of this book – all new horse owners need this book because they have no place to go for this knowledge.

Bill Myers - Horseman, Breeder (Frenchmans Guy), Owner at Myers Performance Horses
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