This Book is for you if you've ever wondered...
How a horse thinks.
How he learns.
What happens when you release pressure vs the application of it.
How to ride smarter not harder.
How to make the horse think what you want is his idea.
How to ride a pattern flawlessly.
When to ask for professional help.
You'll also learn:
The 7 essentials for every riding discipline you choose.
In-depth conversations about terms like 'being framed up,' 'magnets,' 'hiding,' as well as how to achieve 'collection,' and to train your horse to be 'guided willingly.'
Learn to set yourself up for success with proper gear, correct conformation, good rider's position and be walked through Sandy's exercises for speed control, cadenced spins, effortless sliding stops and rollbacks, and for getting your horse neck reining and 'in the bridle.'
“You’ll want to have your highlighter with you when you read [this book]. You can go chapter by chapter, and when you’re done, start over again and advance yourself and your horse even further on subsequent reads. As you acquire more knowledge and ability, you’ll get more out of this book each time you read it—because it’s deep.”
-- Al Dunning, World Champion Quarter Horse trainer and rider
“Sandy understands horse psychology and she knows how to gain a horse’s respect. Enjoy this book—it’s an easy-to-follow, methodical approach to training a performance horse that can’t help but bring success.”
-- Clinton Anderson, Downunder Horsemanship®
“Good, basic horsemanship is the same across disciplines. Because that’s true, this wonderful book is for anyone who rides. Sandy’s lucid explanations and logical progression will make it easy for anyone to access her wealth of training insights and exercises. A true professional and a perfectionist, Sandy has devised a building-block approach that will take you from wherever you are now, to advanced.” -- Charlotte Bredahl-Baker, Olympic bronze-medal-winning dressage
In this new guide for reining enthusiasts, champion trainer/competitor, Sandy Collier compares training a horse to paining a car: You start with a foundation and apply layer after layer, sanding for smoothness between coats, until you've achieved the desired result. Sandy takes the same approach to instructiong the reining rider. She begins with fundamentals, then moves you, step-by-step, through the training prodcess. No detail is left uncovered, and all the information is broken down into easy-to-digest-and-understand steps. Using her years of experience and success in the training pen and show ring, Sandy dispels training myths and gives insight into the mind of the hrorse. Even if you never plan to compete in reining, you can use her methods to develop a well-broke horse for any sport. --Erin Sullivan, Horse and Rider
What others are saying...
Wow! Nicely done, great pictures and information! I'll have my nose buried in it over and over while learning about your philosophy, theory and developing the "feel" of what you have already mastered!
I read with great excitement Al Dunning's forward, nodding while reading about the many trainers out there that riding by mechanics only, and some do very well. But what I was excited about was his mention about "feel." That is something I saw in your video rides in Bag of Magic Tricks. There is something unique and refreshing in how you ride and communicate with your horses. I feel very fortunate that they're are great trainers out there like you willing to share your experiences and "secrets" with those of us looking to improve our horses through better horsemanship. Can't wait to get started on your book!
Thank you too for the signing, it really made my day!
JENNIFER FORSBERG MEYER is an award-winning journalist, author, and editor with numerous articles and columns, as well as three other books, to her name. Formerly the Publisher of California Horse Review and the California Paint Horse Directory, she filled many shoes at Horse & Rider magazine before assuming her current post as Editorial Director. She lives in Northern California.
**Note (Two small whoops): As the last two sentences of the the book were not included at publication, they can be read below. Also, there is a modification noted from page 89 below.
Page 152, last paragraph
Spinning Too Slowly: Veteran horses are famous for spinning much more slowly in the show pen than in practice at home, probably because they know we don’t want to get after them when showing. “Cluck” first, and if that doesn’t speed him up, spank his shoulder with the reins and make him turn more times than the pattern calls for, until he’s spinning freely.
pg 89--Improving the spin
first bullet point---'start with your horse about 3' away from the fence, parallel to it, with his LEFT (book says right) shoulder closest to it'........