- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Breakthrough Pub; Fifth or Later Edition edition (December 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0914327437
- ISBN-13: 978-0914327431
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,431,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Making, Not Breaking: The First Year Under Saddle Hardcover – December 1, 1992
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Cherry Hill -- horse trainer, judge and college professor -- picks up where she left off with "The Formative Years." This book will take you through a training schedule for your green-broke horse. On a month-by-month program, you'll go from planning a training program and fitting the saddle through groundwork review and up to lateral work and collection. This is good solid training for any horse -- whether you want to end up with a great trail horse or a show horse -- the basics are all the same. This organized approach will help you to set realistic goals, and to recognize when your horse is making the right kind of progress. It will also help prevent the sporadic and erratic training that produces inconsistent performers. This book takes you through the entire first year of a horse's training -- so by the end of the year, he's not only become responsive, balanced and obedient in the ring, but a confident companion for the trail. 244pgs, Hardcover
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For many years there has been a great gap in equestrian literature for this type of work. Most books deal with the early backing of a young horse and once the rider is in the saddle and moving - that's where they finish.
During my lengthy horse career I have started many youngsters, both for myself and other people - also I have found this the easy part (the breaking). The next part - early education is another story, and in my opinion can be more difficult than the actual breaking, or accustoming to saddle, bridle and rider.
When I purchased this book I was curious to see how others schooled their youngsters once they were happy with the rider. I have always felt that the most difficult part of educating a youngster comes after they have accepted the rider, e.g. the first canter lessons (can be quite hair raising in some instances)and some horses are best not cantered for some time.
Riding out - in traffic - in our point in time is another experience where one knows one is alive (and wishes to remain so); taking your young horse to shows, etc. Ms Hill certainly states that all youngsters are different (which they are) and that her programme is designed to "add or subtract" to or from according to the youngster's spirit.
All in all this is an excellent training book and a valuable addition to any horseman's library and is suitable for either English or Western riders as this early training can be built on, towards whichever discipline you follow.
EXCELLENT! Purchase and keep.
Making, Not Breaking: The First Year Under Saddle
I have started reading this today as soon as I receieved it and am throughly enjoying it so far. The book is going to help me understand horse training a lot better especially with a young horse to train!