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    03-23-2010, 08:54 PM
Green Broke
Great "how to" book for beginners, or anyone really.

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Hubby picked this up for me at the book store the other day. Bless him, he has no idea why he grabbed it other than it said "Western Horseman", but it is actually a great little how to book.

The author is Marty Marten, a student and colleague of such great horseman as Hunt, Brannaman, and Dorrance.

I liked it because he uses easy, clear, no nonsense techniques to teach ground manners as well as trouble shooting problems. He covers basic ground manners, riding foundation, trailering, hard to catch, barn sour/herd bound, spooking, ect.

I think it would be a great supplement for some younger and less experienced riders and those without access to a professional trainer.

Just thought I would share.
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    03-23-2010, 11:14 PM
Looks like something I might have to find for myself! Lord knows I sure need more than the know how i've got. I suck with ground manners, i'm more comfortable ON a horse...
    03-23-2010, 11:16 PM
I've actually seen this floating around at my tack store but because it was "western" I never really bothered with checking it out at all since I don't do any western.
Thanks for the quick overview of it, it sounds like it would be an interesting and helpful book to have on the shelf :)
    03-23-2010, 11:21 PM
Green Broke
Western, english, martain, horsemanship is universal. BTW One subject that I did not put in the first post was the chapter on water crossing and bridges.

Spence, the entire first section is nothing but groundwork. Clear and no psycho babble. There is a chapter devoted to tying as well. There is a big emphasis on moving the horses feet, you control the feet you control the horse.
    03-23-2010, 11:52 PM
Vastly interesting. One question further - how much was the thing? Cause we ain't got much excess right now at ALL.
    03-24-2010, 04:21 AM
Green Broke
Less that $20.
    03-24-2010, 04:29 AM
Green Broke
Nearly bought this book today, and then the cashier said its was (wait for this) $59.95

It went right back on the shelf!
    03-24-2010, 05:04 AM
Green Broke
Oh wow! How could there be that big of a price differece? Here it is online, only $14!(only $6 used!)

    03-24-2010, 05:39 AM
Green Broke
The horse shops over here charge ridiculous amounts for books (there was a 60 page book on braiding manes & tails that they wanted $50 for) . I might have to look in to getting it online, coz it did look like a really good read!
    03-24-2010, 01:46 PM
Ya, all the western horsemen books are very expensive in my area. 30-60 is average. I have a couple but only because they went on sale. I love them though. So much good info. And there are so many different ones.

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