I live in an area where there aren't any real trainers around and the few people who would help me train her would be really rough and I do not approve of their training methods (every horse my "horse expert" neighbor gets on tries to buck him, I swear.). I do not have a lot of riding experience myself (some lessons as a kid, my PE class in college , and riding friend's and neighbor's horses casually).
I've figured out that I need to do lots of ground work with her and have started with that. Her ground manners are really pretty good.
Books I'm considering (but I can't afford to buy them all):
How Your Horse Wants You...">How Your Horse Wants You..." /> How Your Horse Wants You...">How Your Horse Wants You... - Gincy Self Bucklin
Horses Never Lie: The...">Horses Never Lie: The..." /> Horses Never Lie: The...">Horses Never Lie: The... - Mark Rashid
What Your Horse Wants...">What Your Horse Wants..." /> What Your Horse Wants...">What Your Horse Wants... - Gincy Self Bucklin
Basic Horse...">Basic Horse..." /> Basic Horse...">Basic Horse... - Michael Hockemeyer
Okay, I guess the first few are more philisophical - but they sound helpful - which one would be best of the first 3 and is the 4th one good - or is there something better?
I did not like Clinton Anderson's use of the "handy stick" to "tap" the horse to get her to move away. Honey is so laid back and spookless that when I tried it, she wouldn't move away unless I'd "tapped" really hard - which I won't do. It just seems strange that he wants you to use the "handy stick" to smack the horse to get them to move, but rub the horse as a reward. I just feel like its sending very mixed messages.
Thanks a bunch!