Horse Training Books

Horse Training Books

I have chosen four great horse training books that, as of this writing, have 5-star reviews. Each book covers a slightly different aspect of training your horse. Understanding your horse is the first step in developing a good relationship with him. When his training is solid, he will be comfortable with your commands and know what is expected of him. 

Take a look at these horse training books and choose the one that will work best for you and your beloved beast.

 

1. Training and Riding with Cones and Poles: Over 35 Engaging Exercises to Improve Your Horse's Focus and Response to the Aids, While Sharpening Your Timing and Accuracy by Sigrid Schöpe

Horse Training Books-Training and Riding with Cones

This 5-star spiral-bound edition book is one of the horse training books on our list. It teaches you how to help your horse focus on your commands. It gives 35 exercises with cones and poles that improve your horse's timing and accuracy. Every level of rider will be able to follow the instructions to teach the horse foundation skills, using traffic cones and ground poles.

The techniques taught in this book are designed to help your horse develop accuracy with figures and transitions. Your horse's responses to your commands will improve as will your overall riding performance.

Other readers of this book agree that the clear pictures make this book easy to read and understand. It is a fun read, loaded with ideas for how to train your horse.

 

2. What I'd Teach Your Horse: Training & Re-Training the Basics (Volume 8) by Keith Hosman

Horse training Books - What I'd teach your horse

This 5-star rated paperback horse training book explains how to train any horse regardless of age, gender or breed. It is full of horsemanship tips and techniques that will help you achieve success. 

It explains the basic moves that every horse and rider needs to master - moving forward and in patterns, backing up, reining, etc., and how to visualize your horse moving correctly.

Chapter 1 is for owners of new broke horses. Chapter 2 starts the section on retraining older horses. The first few chapters should be practiced in order. After that, you can focus on the parts of the book that you need to work on the most.

If you follow the instructions in this book, your horse will be better trained and more dependable. He will go where you direct him at the speed you want him to go. You and your horse will be partners, not adversaries.

When your horse completes this training, he will be ready to move up to the next level of training, no matter which discipline - English or western. He'll be ready to be trained for barrel racing, roping, jumping or dressage.

Please note that there are no pictures in this book, it is all text. It is also divided into 2 sections. The above mentioned chapters are in section I.

Section I is about horse training - what to do and precisely how to do it. It's appropriate for horses of every age, so you can use these techniques with all your horses. A few of the points covered are:
* Leg control
* Neck reining
* Classic serpentine movements
* Speed control
* Backing up
* Training the brain
* What to do about a balky horse
* Dealing with scary stuff, like crossing creeks
* And much more.

Section II is for the rider. It includes horsemanship theory and techniques, which speaks to every rider at every level. In this section, you will learn:
* To understand horse's behavior
* How the horse reads your body language, even to move and turn
* How to keep your horse's attitude in check
* How to prevent mounting problems
* How to use your hands properly as a tool of communication
* How to keep the cues from the reins soft
* Six ways to improve your training
* The rider's checklist
* How to diagnose problems
* And more

Readers of this horse training book comment that it is excellent and full of information for horse lovers on any level. Others mentioned Keith Hosman's encouragement to visualize your horse doing things right the first time while you practice patience. Many considered this one of the best horse training books in their collection.

 

3. Finding the Missed Path: The Art of Restarting Horses by Mark Rashid

Horse Training Books - Finding the Path

This is another paperback book on our horse training books list. Just like the previous ones, this book has also been given 5-stars by those who have purchased and read it. It helps trainers know how to give a horse with gaps in his training a second chance, it is also good for teaching the basics.

Mark Rashid knows that there can be gaps in a horse's training. When this happens, the horse and the rider do not connect well. The horse can become confused, worried and even angry when being ridden or trained. If this is occurring, an owner can restart the horse's training so he can learn what he needs to know. When the horse is given this second chance, he becomes confident and comfortable.

Using full-color photographs and insightful narratives, readers are given practical steps on how to restart the horse's training. As we all know, sometimes we just need a second chance before we can get things right.

Reviewers of this endearing book comment that it is a window into the mind of the uncooperative horse and that it helped them to build a trusting, respectful relationship with their horse. For horse owners who are frustrated and discouraged with their horse, this book shows you how to start over with the horse's training, giving them a better chance for success.

Mark Rashid's was able to explain problems and proffer solutions without belittling horse owners who are trying their best.

This book is great for anyone who works with horses, not just those who have a horse that needs to start over with training. 

 

4.  Horse Listening: The Book: Stepping Forward to Effective Riding by Kathy Farrokhzad

horse training books - Horse Listening

This 5-star rated paperback book is volume 1 in the Horse Listening series. It focuses on riding as a means to improve a horse's abilities and make the rider more effective.

A special "In the Ring" section has many tips you can try with your horse to gain a better understanding of:
* The rider's aids
* The use of the seat
* The half-halt
* Improving turns and circles
* Improving transitions
* Improving hind end engagement
* Rein work

The author, Kathy Farrokhzad, has been a trainer for more than 20 years and a writer for even longer. She is the owner of the blog called Horse Listening from which many of the tips are gleaned. Strategies are intended for beginning and intermediate riders, presented in clear step-by-step way. Furthermore, reasons are giving for taking these steps.

Although this horse training book is beneficial for any rider, it is particularly interesting for dressage riders. It explains how to be more effective with your cues, how to draw out the horse's potential and how to improve the human-and-horse relationship. Of all four horse training books, this has the most information about dressage.

One reviewer on amazon said she bought the book to find meaningful talking points with her horsey friends. She found that it gives sound information that can help people become better educated, caring horsemen.

 

So here you have four excellent 5-star horse training books to choose from. Each one has a different focus, yet all cover many of the basics that every horse and rider needs to know to enjoy each other's company.

You can't go wrong with any of these horse training books. Perhaps over time, you'll include them all in your equine collection. Check out our collections of fun horse-training apparel.

 

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