- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books; 1 edition (August 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1570764190
- ISBN-13: 978-1570764196
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 90 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Modern Horseman's Countdown to Broke: Real Do-It-Yourself Horse Training in 33 Comprehensive Steps Paperback – August 1, 2009
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"One thing is certain, if you want to start and finish your youngster correctly be sure to add The Modern Horseman’s Countdown to Broke to your collection." Riding Magazine
"This book ranks as one of the best books for starting horses that is currently on the market. This training program progresses consecutively from getting the horse into a round pen, to first saddling, to first lope, to the final 'countdown to broke.'" Aiken Horse
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I am blown away by the amount of information and how sequential this method is. It's darn near dummy proof! I'm a very logical person, so getting to see exactly what I have to do without the flowery emotional words helps A LOT! I can't wait to try this on my horses. Someday, I'd like to break my own horse and try this method on a horse from the ground up. But, for now, this book is full of wonderful tools for any horse to learn!
Update 7/14/14: I began my horse on the Countdown to Broke program three weeks ago and I am fascinated with the results so far! Yes, we completed all 500 inside turns and then some! My horse got softer and softer each time! It's absolutely daunting when you first read that in the book and you wonder how you'll ever get to that point with your horse. The trick is to complete them over the course of a few days. Start small, and as your horse becomes more attuned to your cue, he/she will get faster, softer, more sensitive, and more accurate at it! Make sure you continue to give your horse a break; I did 4-5 sets of 20 turns, with a break after each set, and my horse did very well with it.
Update 1/12/15: I've still been working my horse and training according to this book. I re-read lessons before starting and study the book well at least 3-4 times per week. My horse and I are currently working on Lesson 23 and are on Day 31 of training. Although I don't have the time to work every exercise every day (and we'd probably be much further along by now if we had the time), I still take time out on the weekends with my horse to review a current lesson or begin teaching something new. Some things, like the head-down cue, I was able to continue teaching every time I haltered my horse to turn her out or bring her in. I've been keeping a training blog since day 1 on our successes and failures. I still love that this book gives you options and corrections if you're not succeeding. I've been telling all my friends about this book! Training a horse is not rocket science, and Mr. Patrick makes this clear to everyone. Of course, there will be some horses who need problems corrected by a trainer, but for the average horse owner with the average young or green horse, this book is a gem! I wish I could give it 100 stars!
Sean does a great job breaking down the early ground work, but there is absolutely nothing new from anything anyone else teaches.
It really looks like a solid program for a prospective reining horse, but I wish they would state that in the description both in the ad and on the DVD cover. It's misleading otherwise.
He uses a horse that looks as if it's already been through his program, so there's no good illustration of how to handle any problems that may arise. I've been training for 40 years and have maybe had a small handful horses in all that time that don't have some issue at some point.
Once he starts in-saddle work, it's geared for reining patterns and other similar disciplines. It's really not useful for other disciplines. For example, I'd never teach a train horse to back up rapidly on a verbal "whoa" command. I'd want it to stop. Not go backward. That could be a pretty bad thing on a technical trail. Work involving seat and rein aids are totally useless for anyone riding English.
Each disc has a significant number of ads for land, equipment, whatever. I don't PAY for a DVD set to sit through ads. That really ticked me off.