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I am finding this book extremely well written and very inspirational. I wish I had a voice like Mr. Emerson's in my ear over 35 yrs ago. Although he speaks to those who would aim for the highest levels or pursue a career with horses, his advice applies to steady old plugs like myself who thrive on the pursuit and process of better and more subtle horsemanship (and yeah, I may yet get to the point where I feel I can kick ass). He does a very effective job of conveying life experience without turning the book into a memoir and is extremely thoughtful and insightful in his observations and advice.
Wish I had something to read like this years ago when I was at that critical point of deciding my horse future (college and a good paying job to afford horses? ... or ... just go work at that barn and BE with horses day in and day out). Perhaps I would have had more courage to follow my dreams, perhaps not. But at least now, in my 30's, starting fresh with my first horse in 15 years I'm at another "horse" crossroads and this time I'm making sure to follow the "gonnabe" path.
I read this in one sitting, since I couldn't put it down and highlighted many snippets of sage advice. Thank you for the inspiration and motivation!
A few people have left 2 and 3 ratings saying "he wasn't specific enough" this applies to all disciplines and not mine specifically. Well that's what a trainer is for. An expert who knows more than you weather your a beginner, or an instructor with many years in the saddle. This book was great for me because it talks about the daily and big choices it takes to go pro. How to fix your personality so that you can be a better rider and connect to your horse and the people around you. Read it you may be surprised what you learn if you go in with no expectations and an open mind.
I decided early on I wanted to train horses rather than get a nonhorsey job that funds riding. I also decided early on that I didn't want kids (at age 34, still not interested). My husband is a non rider, but very supportive. We built a horse farm in Virginia from scratch, recently I started taking jumper lessons from a well known trainer. I teach low level lessons and green break lots of young horses right now, but my big dream is to ride in a Grand Prix jumper class at least once in my life!
Denny mentions sponsors and how to spot good trainers at the shows. I wish he gave more detail since my experience is more out of the show ring than in. Overall the book is fantastic if you want to know how the horse business works. Very happy I bought the book!
This is amongst the best three equestrian books I have read and they have been numerous. This book should be a must for all who have ambitions in the horse world!