The Revolution in Horsemanship: And what it Means to Mankind

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Globe Pequot, Jan 1, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 354 pages
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There has been a change in how we treat our horses: We no longer "break" them to harness or saddle; we "gentle" them, so they become our partners, their natural grace and athleticism restored and enhanced through humane and thoughtful methods.

Beginning with equine evolution and domestication, Dr. Miller and Rick Lamb focus on the contributions of such classical horsemen as Xenophon, Pluvinel, nineteenth-century "whisperers, tamers, and professors," and modern masters like the Dorrances, Buck Brannaman, Pat Parelli, John Lyons, and their disciples, and the connection between rodeo and natural horsemanship.

The authors describe how the horse's mind works, how horses learn, and how the revolution has used those principles, especially with regard to a training regimen for newborn foals developed by Dr. Miller that produces positive results to last a lifetime.

These training methods include new techniques in riding, such as preliminary groundwork and the independent seat, as well as visualization and other aspects of sport psychology, yoga, and allied disciplines. The role of tack and equipment is also discussed and evaluated in depth. And because the modern attitudes are reflected in equine care, appendices assess innovations in hoof care, nutrition, and veterinary treatment, including so-called "alternative therapies."
With its exploration and analysis of modern attitudes and approaches, THE REVOLUTION IN HORSEMANSHIP is one of the most important equestrian publishing events of this decade, and ensures its position as a classic in the field.
  

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Contents

Natural Horsemanship
3
The Horse in Nature and Domestication
17
The Revolution Begins
25
The Revolution Continues
51
Why Now?
77
Why It Works and Why Its Better
89
Revolutions in Riding
115
The Cowboy EnigmaRodeos and Ranches
135
Other Training Concepts
243
Foal Training
261
The Hoof Care Debate
271
The Revolution in Equine Health Care
289
Equine Nutrition
297
Alternative Therapies
303
The Real Importance of the Revolution
313
Afterword
323

Wild Horsesthe Ultimate Test
153
Early Natural Horsemen
169
Whisperers Tamers and Professors
183
Revolutions in Bridling and Saddling
221
Bibliography and Suggested Reading
329
Glossary
337
About the Authors
345
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About the author (2005)

Robert M. Miller, D.V.M., the distinguished equine veterinarian , is the author of several books, including the highly-acclaimed Imprint Training of the Newborn Foal and Most of My Patients Are Animals. He has produced several videos on imprint training of foals, and lectures widely on the subject. He lives in Thousand Oaks, California.

Rick Lamb is the producer of the successful syndicated radio program, "The Horse Show." He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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