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post #1 of 10 Old 07-18-2010, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Question Training Books... I just bought.

Any one ever hear of Kelly Marks or Clinton Anderson?
I bought one of Miss. Marks & one of Mr. Anderson's, two different books.

On training, from start to finish. I resently bought two green horses (stupid me! I should have known better than to trust the seller, she kept 'forgetting' her bridle, BS!)
I went out this after noon after having Khanner rear with me, its not an all the time thing & I did put him back into his place, he reared because I sneezed up on his back.
Fairy doesn't know a thing, you put pressure on her to move forward & she backs up.

Any advice on those two authors? Any advice on Khanner & Fairy?

I used to be a huge Parelli fan (Hope I spelled that right), I was later turned off by his clinics...
I want to make the right choice for my horses.

Thanks so much guys.
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-18-2010, 09:52 PM
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I like Kelly Marks I think she give good practical advice.
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-18-2010, 09:56 PM
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Another writer I like is Jessica Jahiel. Really though if your horses a very green and are doing dangerous things like rearing a good trainer in person is going to be your best bet not a book.
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-20-2010, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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The rearing way my fault. At this very second I don't have the money for a trainer, I do all of my own training & when I don't do it I get my dad out to help me (not very often he just turned 74).

The books are to help out with ground manners. I know that a book isn't going to teach me about rearing.

I used to trick train my horses to rear, bow, etc. I can sit it, as long as I don't sneeze lol.
He hasn't done it since... but I haven't really sneezed yet.
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-20-2010, 08:00 PM
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Well you are a much braver and better rider than I! I am not sure I could stay on a rear at least without wetting myself:(
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-20-2010, 08:44 PM
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I really like clinton! he does NH But not wimpy like I want my horse to love me but in a I want my horse to respect me kinda attitude.
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-21-2010, 01:05 PM
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Kelly Marks is Monty Robert's representative/soul mate/agent in the UK.
She has written several books entitled 'Perfect ?????'

She advocates a NH philosophy of training horses, essentially that of Monty Robert's creed, which can be followed.

When Monty is in Britain, it will be Kelly who will have organised the circuit.
She will usually be there alongside the arena with the old cowboy doing the business inside the arena. She is a business lady for sure.

Monty, who of course rides Western has a strong following in Britain even though it is rare to see him in the saddle - probably because he doesn't like riding English. Invariably the horses have all been schooled English.

He always works with ropes - whereas the Brits tend to use whips.
He always works in a round pen whereas the Brits usually work in a rectangular arena.
He usually fits his Dually halter, which is regarded as being a bit heavy for British taste
He wears a microphone and never stops chatting into it during the demo.

But the show is always informative and Monty himself is not obsessed with bringing about a magical cure in the space of an hour or so. If things don't go exactly to plan then he will try to explain why in his opinion things did not work. Then after the show, whilst the big sell of books and tack is going on, you can go up to him and chat.

Monty is a great showman but I'd trust him with my mare - not that she needs him.
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-21-2010, 01:27 PM
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Another writer of training books that I like is Cherry Hill. She lays things out in a very practical manner and her books usually have wonderful pictures/illustrations. While she does not necessarily claim to be a "natural" trainer, she is clearly very dedicated to the good of the horse. I think proof of this can be found in the title of one of her books: "Making, Not Breaking: The First Year Under Saddle"
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-22-2010, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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I have heard of Cherry Hill, not really good things...
I can't remember the book name but I looked it up on Amazon, it has gotten some pretty 'Un-Ruth' reviews, I haven't read it yet... I don't know if I will.

I will have to look her up, just in case, see if I can find anything else.
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I have a few of Cherry Hill's books, 101 Arena Exercises and Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage. She's a good writer and does a good job of explaining things.

Clinton Anderson is good, an advocate of Natural Horsemanship, as is Kelly Marks.

Good luck with your horses!
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