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Hi Everybody
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")
 

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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.

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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!
 

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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.
 

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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 :)
 

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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.
 

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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 )
 

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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.
 

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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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Of course, you are from the UK. I'm from the US. We invented western, lol. Around here it's hard find a good English barn.

I'll keep my eyes pealed and tell you if I find any other good ones.

Jubilee
 

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I have read a book by richard maxwell called training your young horse and it has worked wonders for me his training pyramid is a great thing I now make pyramids for everything to do with training my horses :D
 

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Oh, I remember reading about that book. But I've never read it myself. I'll have to try to find that too.
 

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HollyLolly, you have a young colt, don't you? I can imagine that other book of his would be great for your little guy.
 

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Yeah I'm getting him next month (can't wait!) and you're right, I think I'll have a look round for it, it certainly sounds useful :)
 

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I didn't know much about his methods until I started watching him on Welcome! - Horse Hero I'm not into NH much, too much buy this, buy that & I'm an english rider so I need my horses to wear competition legal tack & go on the bit! I'm impressed with Richard though, he talks a lot of common sense, there's no hard sell & his work intergrates really well with more traditional training methods.
 
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