Every Horseperson Should Read This Book I recently attended a dressage clinic given by an international classical dressage master and 3 of the 8 so-called accomplished riders should have read this book first! This book is simply the best, most concise, clearly presented treatise on dealing with the innumerable terrifying possibilities every rider faces at some time in their riding careers. It encourages a pro-active approach to de-spooking horses before they know the multitude of things there are in the world to spook at — like crossing water, whizzing bikes, too-friendly mothers wheeling baby carriages, waving baloons, flags and plastic bags, flapping tarps, barking, charging dogs, etc, etc, etc. To the uninitiated horse, most events outside of their stable yard are terrifying. It is the riders’ responsibility to expose their horses to these terrors before disaster strikes so as to have a pleasurable, meaningful relationship with their horses. Too many people wait til they’re dumped on their butt or even seriously injured to start this training and then the response is often abusive — beating their horses for being afraid, which of course only makes them more afraid. I really appreciate the author’s measured, systematic approach to the process of bombproofing. He emphasizes that first, the rider must have a secure seat and good, general riding abilities to cope with a fearful horse. Then he lays out many clear, descriptive exercises for bombproofing, both from the ground and under saddle. His approach is always sympathetic to both the rider and the horse; the book is sprinkled with humor and personal anecdotes and great, fun ideas for a “communal bombproofing day”. Every horseperson should read this book!
Wow! This book is really helping my relationship between my horse and I is improving, we are both more confident and enjoy our time together more!! I thought I knew what I was doing… but this book opened my eyes to new techniques. It is also easy to read and apply.
Excellent Book This book is excellent for anyone who has ever wanted to know how to teach their horse, and themselves, to be safe in almost any situation, from riding on the trail to approaching bikes, convertables, and walking on unstable surfaces.Use the power of the “herd” for less confident horses. Find out if you and your horse are equally matched or whether you’ve bitten off more than you can chew.Rick’s expertise in horse training for park and police horses gives him a unique perspective on the “horse eating monsters” that could be hiding behind that bike reflector. ;)My husband and I have put some of Rick’s advice to the test with our 8 year old gelding who is being trained as a civil war re-enactment mount.Definitely worth the small amount of money.Happy Trails!
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