With the holidays coming up and with most of us on tight budgets, why not share some insight into horse books and DVD's that we have collected? Nothing is worse than spending money on a new book or DVD, getting home and finding out that it isn't what we expected. Wouldn't it be nice to know what some of them are like before we ask for them as gifts or gift them to another horse maniac?
These three books are books that have been gifted to me by my mother and I LOVE them. I have found beneficial training methods in each of them and refer to them regularly.
Pole Bending...There aren't many books or DVD's on training pole bending horses out there. I did get Megan a Pole Bending DVD...it sucked! But this book...it is fantastic. It has a lot of exercises and diagrams included in it. His explanations of ideal footfalls and correct strides is phenomenal. If you know the basics of pole bending, it can really help you advance. It can only be ordered online, just google the title and you can find it. This is probably a book a more advanced rider would appreciate. A beginner could definitely learn from it, but the techniqual discussions of the stride and footfall might be a bit overwhelming.
Barrel Racing...I like Charmayne...she is just a real quiet person, who obviously cares a lot about the horses she trains and campaigns. Not too many other people have ever kept a horse going as long as she did Scamper, so anything she says about how to keep a horse sound, healthy and sane is gospel in my book. She has lots and lots of info on how to go from the start of training, through the green horse faze and on into finishing a horse. She acknowledges common problems that arise as a horse progresses and shows you how to work through them. Excellent for anyone from beginning to advanced.
The Wright's...This book is probably for a more advanced rider. There are a lot of good exercises and advice, but there is the assumption that the rider understands the necessary and correct body position for themselves and the horse. That being said, I love the book and reference it often. I don't know if this book is still in publication, but if anyone is interested in it the number to the publisher is 254-968-3661(as listed in the copy I have).
The only other "training" book I have is the new one I bought for Megan as a Christmas present. Since we are relatively inexperienced in English and Jumping training, I glanced through this book and really liked all of the exercises provided. It is "Schooling With Ground Poles" by Claire Lilley. I've only been able to read snippets of it because I have had to keep it hidden, but from what I have read I think it will benefit both of us.
As far as DVD's...I'm a reader. My mom has a beginning reining horse DVD, that I watched once...I don't remember the title, so will have to get back to you on that. But if anyone has some good DVD's throw them out there too.
So I am tagging everyone who reads this post to go forth and share your best and worst reference material...