Whether you're starting a colt or trying to fix holes in your older horse's foundation, this set will take you by the hand every step of the way.
For those thrifty and yet brave souls who either want the experience of training their horse themselves, or simply can’t afford to hire a trainer to do it (maybe both), the Modern Horseman’s Countdown to Broke Book and DVD set, by horse trainer and writer Sean Patrick, comes to the rescue. Quite simply, it’s 33 lessons in building an essential foundation for your horse, and you count down. By the time you get to Lesson 1, you’re done!–and you and your horse are now ready for advanced work.
Modern Horseman’s Countdown to Broke Book and DVD set is offered at HorseBooksEtc.com for $98, which is 20 percent off the cover price (10 percent off the price of buying them separately, plus another 10 percent when you check out). The book has 256 pages and 288 color photographs, and the 4-disc DVD set has nearly seven hours of step-by-step, clear instruction. You can study the DVDs and then take the book with you to the barn.
It sure beats flying blind and having to later hire a horse trainer to fix the mistakes you make.
Patrick describes the title of his book and DVD this way, “I use the term “broke” to mean one that has perfect respect, perfect trust and an endless skill set; a lofty goal that you should always work toward.”
None other than the well-loved Dr. Robert Miller wrote the forward to the book, and says it’s “a top-down, all-inclusive trip to the ultimate working, performance or pleasure ride…The forefathers of the revolution in horsemanship would be proud to call Sean one of their own.”
Whether your horse is a foal or five, guilelessly green or imperfectly veteran, he will benefit from the Countdown”a true foundation program, serving to prepare him for the endless variety of activities and jobs horses perform today.
From indispensable handling, sacking-out,and tying exercises, to how you, the rider, can control the different parts of the horse’s body from the ground and the saddle; from mounting on both the left and the right to performing flawless flying lead changes, you’ll be amazed at how effective and efficient this program is.
Plus, because you are the one teaching your horse, you have the opportunity to build your own skill set–in other words, Patrick trains you to be the trainer.
He promises that by the end of the Countdown, you’ll have a deeper understanding of how horses learn; an improved ability to gauge the pressure necessary to communicate with your horse and pace your teaching accordingly; a capacity for recognizing behaviors both good and bad; and an intuitive understanding of the root of a problem and the steps you should take to work on it.
Sean Patrick began his thoughtful examination of horses and horsemanship as a high-country guide in the West Chilcotin Region of British Columbia. He now runs a horse-training business, focusing on performance training, colt starting, and horsemanship instruction in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.