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post #1 of 6 Old 03-23-2019, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Training book recommendation ?

SoÖ Iím going to be working with a new trainer with Pony (staying at the same place, just going with a different trainer) and Iím going to be riding him more on my own as well. Seems that part of his problem is that while I thought he was getting training rides, he wasnít, so heís out of shape and not as far enough along in his training as he should be at this point.

Anyway, Iím looking for recommendations for training books. Pony is well started now, but may have some holes in his training. Can anyone recommend a book that provides a clear plan for training him at this point (e.g. how long to work him at the beginning and how quickly to progress to longer sessions, what skills need to be learned as the building blocks for the next skills, etc.). Ideally something thatís quite thorough but also contains lots of pictures, bullet points, and check boxes. The idea is for me to assess where heís at and what would be the next steps for him, what I need to ask the new trainer to help me with, and what I can do on my own.
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Oh... I guess I should have said for which discipline. Pony was supposed to be trained as a jumper, but didn't really past very basic training (still has trouble picking up the correct lead at a canter, for instance). I'm thinking we might do dressage instead (but I'm still interested to know what HE would like to do). The ideal book title would be something like "Step-by-step training for English Equitation."
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I don't want to be spammy, and I'll drop it after this post if there are no replies, but .... no one? Not one person has a recommendation for a training book? Am I asking the wrong question about the kind of book I want or need? Is there just nothing like what I'm asking for?
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I don't know of a book. Sorry.

I do like following endurance sites for conditioning. And, maybe I'm just lucky, but I have good people around that I can watch it we bounce ideas off each other for improving specific movements.

The tough thing, for me, if it came to a book, is that horses get fit at different rates. But learning to assess heart rate and respiration would be where I would start.

I do like Ed Connell's old small book "Hackamore Reinsman." Don't laugh. He does a fantastic job explaining the timing of cues to make picking up leads work for the horse and improving collection.

I also like Alois Podhajsky's books. More dressage focused, but basic movements are the foundation for all disciplines, IMO.

Whatever you find that works for you and Pony, enjoy!
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I didn't answer because you said you were interested in English riding training, and the things that have interested me were more 'western' or just general horsemanship focussed.


I would say that at some time you should read "True Horsemanship Through Feel", by Leslie Desmond, regarding Bill Dorance. It is, however, very hard to understand if you have never been exposed to this sort of approach, and is written in his vernacular, so can often be confusing.



A student of his, Marty Marten, wrote a very concise and well illustrated book called, "Problem Solving". It was published by Western Horseman magazine. It is not just for solving problems, but for learning how to set things up so problems don't happen. It has well illustrated excersizes for ground work.



Again, I lovedd this book, but it has no link to English riding or dressage AT ALL. there is nothing about inside or outside reins, riding back to front, or any of the other stuff you learn in lessons. IT's about how to handle your horse on the ground, and how to build confidence in your hrose for riding out on the trail.




Mr. Marten passed on just a couple of months ago, at only 71 years of age. sad.
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-25-2019, 05:26 PM
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Sorry, I don’t have any book recommendations.

But if you’re interested in dvd’s I’m currently watching the Buck Brannaman 7 clinics and I’m really enjoying them.
If it’s not helpful just ignore LoL
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