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Bombproof Your Horse: Teach Your Horse to Be Confident, Obedient, and Safe, No Matter What You Encounter Paperback – January 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570762600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570762604
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sgt. Rick Pelicano is accredited by the American Riding Instructor Certification Program; in 1995, he was named Instructor of the Year. He lives in Frederick, Maryland.

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Customer Reviews

Definitely worth the small amount of money.
Sadyll Chic
This book show's several new ways for me to work with my horse to help build his confidence in noisy, busy situations.
terrilee
Excellent book, very easy to read and follow the instructions.
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181 of 183 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
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!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By andrey del pozo on July 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
A bit disappointed with the outcome. While the author clearly presented original methods and tools to bombproof a horse, in practice my dear Tiny Dancer did not make it.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A. Sousa on December 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
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.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Sadyll Chic on November 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By loves2read on September 12, 2006
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A nice beginning to help you and your horse overcome fearful obstacles. Of course, Pelicano cannot cover every potential bugger, but he does offer fun, safe, and challenging ideas to lower anxiety and increase control. I think we all need to do more, literal, homework with our horses. He gives some great ideas and practical information. My horses are finally able to walk by a mechanical rabbit beating a drum (I bought one at a toy store), without trying to unzip themselves from their bodies! What could be next? Backpackers? Quail in the brush? Anything square-shaped on the trail? Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie M. Martinez on May 14, 2007
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I've actually been training despooking clinics for a few years now. However, my girlfriend recommended this book as another guide to help out. Read the book, and loved it. Simply laid out, with step-by-step approaches for many, many circumstances both on horseback, and on the ground. Straight forward and easily understood. I would definately recommend it to almost anyone interested in training their horse.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book uses many items to desensitize your horse to scary items. As he becomes more accostomed to the variety of items, he will become more reliable. A very easy to read book without all the tiny print.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By lee becker on February 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
Well written, easy to apply techniques and excellent written descriptions accompanied by photos detailing the techniques in a sequential manner
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