I'm in a bit of dilemma whether I should get Clinton Anderson's Downunder Horsemanship
or Sean Patrick's The Modern Horseman's Countdown to Broke
as our new training guide. That is to say, I'd like to have something against which to check our progress and aid me when we run into a slump. I do have a trainer who visits every once in a while and plan on continuing with my eclectic mix of training tools, so the book would be only for extra help and a confidence boost.
seems interesting in a way it's ordered in small steps and covers a lot of ground. The "negative" would be that I'm not actually familiar with Patrick's methods and style. Also, don't have a roundpen. Downunder
on the other hand seems logical and familiar to me. The "negative" in this case would be that I don't know how much into detail the book goes (f.ex. would it tell me what to do when my horse won't turn in lungeing for respect?) and that I'm not too fond of the stick (having enough trouble with only the rope in my hands
). Which would you recommend getting (first)? Looking for any views which is better or how useful these have been to you.
Background for those interested:
I've started riding 17 years ago and have been interested in training (in a bigger scale) for about 13 years. I've had a few years off especially from training and my confidence has suffered. So, like any sensible person would, I bought a difficult 5 year old. :) She has gone through horse-human basics (= all the way to riding every gait) but I've made pretty much a re-start with her these past months. Our biggest problem at the moment (in my opinion) is getting my horse's attention and keeping it more than a second at a time.
A few examples of stuff I've used and studied before: roundpenning, Parelli, join-up, Leslie Desmond, Karl Ferdinand Hempfling, Piet Nibbelink, Chris Cox, Bob Avila, classical dressage training.
My aim is to have a nice, soft and SAFE partner for everyday petting and (western) shows.