Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
I own both books. For a training guide, http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Horsemans-Countdown-Broke-Do-It-Yourself/dp/1570764190/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355316596&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Modern+Horseman%27s+Countdown+to+Broke is vastly better than "Downunder Horsemanship". The second book was mostly about how someone had a problem with their horse, and CA solved it for them. The first book outlines a series of things in a reasonable order that a person can use to teach their horse all the things a reasonably well-broke horse should know. It is very clearly written, very practical, and each step says what the horse needs to be able to do before going on. For example, in basic roundpen work, it explains how many times you should expect a horse to be able to do X before you try more advanced stuff.
The book explains that how fast you progress depends on you and your horse. My mare, for example, still has tons of stuff to learn - but she has always been a very spooky, tense mare. So right now, almost all of our work is on trails getting her to relax. But as she improves, I'm starting to go back and look at things I can work with her on in an arena to improve her balance and understanding, which will also help her become a better trail horse.
I've got a lot of horse books, but Sean Patrick's is easily my favorite book on training a horse. There are steps that I, as a beginner, needed help to do. That is OK. I hired a trainer to get us past those points. There are other steps that help me 'ride out' my horse, so she doesn't become a horse who just knows forward, left, right, and whoa!
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)