What do people think to Richard Maxwell's meathods?
I got given a book by Richard Maxwell and Johanna Sharples, and I wondered if anyone else uses the techniques, and what they think to them.
Personally when reading it, they sound very straight to the point and easy, but I wonder if anyone's stuck to every step in the book, and got good results.
(If you were wondering the book is called "Unlock your horse's talent in 20 minutes a day")
I've read that book! I was actually just thinking about it yesterday. I loved it, but I never had a chance to actually practice any of the methods in it. I got it at the library. I should go back and get it again since I actually have horses to work with now. I remembered really liking some of the ideas he had in there. I also really liked the fact that none of the exercises required a round pen.
I can't speak for the effectiveness of the exercises, but from what I remember they sounded like solid methods.
yes, that's what i liked about it too, i can't afford anything more than a make-shift round pen made of electric fencing, so it's useful to be given exercises that don't require one!
Right now I'm working with a huge Percheron/Arabian gelding and his owners don't own any sort of round pen or arena. I have work with him in the pasture. He is so big I often worry that he is going to figure out that he is stronger than me and just take off across the field and drag me behind him, lol. I really need to get my hands on that book again. Sadly, they don't have it at my local library. It was at my school library that I no longer attend.
Wow, he sounds big! Let's hope he never figures that out hehe! And yeah, I just randomly got lent the book, and the girl never asked for it back hehe... maybe you could look on eBay or amazon or something :)
I pretty sure he already knows that.
I have never heard of that book, im interested in it though I might look it up.
The book is good. He takes a very natural approach but does not ignore the benefits of time tested traditional training, which I really like. I think he used to train horses for mounted police or something like that, so you know that he knows how to train a solid horse.
Yeah, i think it was the Kings Royal Troops mounted section. I also like it cos he's one of the few natural horsemen that ride english (when not riding bareback)
I ride english, and so can never 100% relate to techniques of Parelli or C. Anderson when in the saddle. I know that their techniques are supposed to be for everyone, but you can't always apply them because of the difference in saddle structure (well I can't anyway, someone else might be able to... maybe i'm just a bit of a dunce when trying to transfer something that i watched on telly to something i'm doing in the saddle! :D )
I'm the same way. I do ride western too, but English is my favorite. The two do not always directly correlate. I've been trying to find other English riding natural horsemen.
To be really honest I've never tried western, because the only riding schools close to me teach English, and then when I got my first horse, she was so spooky I thought it was best to stick with what I know hehe :D
If you do find another natural horseman that rides english, please let me know, I'd be very interested :)
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