Here is a list of the best Horse Training books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!
TRICK TRAINING: Rediscover some of the magic of your childhood and how it can change the way you work with horses. Trick training is one of the best ways to make your horse your friends. It includes Bowing, Kneeling, Sitting, Lying Down, Carrying Objects, Crossing the Forelegs, Unrolling Carpet, Standing on a Pedestal, Walking on a Balance Beam, Jumping through Streamers and more….
2. The Modern Horseman’s Countdown to Broke: Real Do-It-Yourself Horse Training in 33 Comprehensive Steps (2009)
It’s time to get real—that is, real, do-it-yourself horse training. Professional trainer Sean Patrick has created the ultimate guide to the “complete” riding horse—whether a performance, working, or “just for fun” prospect. Quite simply, you begin at Lesson Number 33 and count your way down through the basic exercises—the “primary education”—every horse needs. And when you get to Lesson 1, you’ve done it; you’ve prepared your horse for advanced work in any number of equestrian disciplines. You can’t get lost along the way. There’s no room for confusion. Sean clarifies the point and explains the gist of every step….
3. Tales Of Horsemanship: An Inside Look At The Secrets Of Successful Horse Training Revealed Through Short Stories (2018)
Have you tried everything you know to do, but your horse is still inconsistent or having more bad days than good days? Is he still spooky, unpredictable, inattentive, and pushy? Are you a new horse owner who wants to ensure that you give your horse the opportunity to reach his full potential? Or maybe you’ve owned horses your whole life, but know there is still something missing or room for improvement. This book is for you. Tales of Horsemanship is a collection of short stories that give you a front row seat to witness successful and effective horse training as it happens. You will learn the secrets of what works,…
4. Horse Speak: An Equine-Human Translation Guide: Conversations with Horses in Their Language (2016)
Horse Speak is not a training method or technique—it is a practical system for “listening” and “talking” to horses in their language, instead of expecting them to comprehend ours. Horse Speak can be used by anyone who works with horses, whether riding instructor, colt starter, recreational rider, or avid competitor. It promises improved understanding of what a horse is telling you, and provides simple replies you can use to tell him that you “hear” him, you “get it,” and you have ideas you want to share with him, too.The result?…
5. Humane, science-based horse training: Introduction to learning theory and exercises for everyday handling, care and fitness (2017)
Humane, science-based horse training is a type of training where the user combines an evidence-based understanding of equine behaviour with his genuine love and respect for horses in order to train and handle horses in an ethical yet effective way.This book will introduce you to the science behind animal training and explain how you can use positive reinforcement and other non-coercive techniques to train a wide range of behaviours. It also include twenty or so step by step training plans so you can go out and teach your horse to give his feet, lead calmly,…
6. What I’d Teach Your Horse: Training & Re-Training the Basics (Horse Training How-To) (Volume (2014)
Unillustrated (no pictures), 219 pages , your map to building the foundation every horse needs regardless of age, breed or background, regardless of riding discipline (English or Western), regardless of what you've planned for your mare, stallion, colt or filly's future. It's your guide to learning and practicing proven, natural horsemanship tips & techniques, methods vital to ensuring future success – because your horse won't change until you do.Tomorrow: When you finish this horse training book of mine, you'll have a horse that's better trained and more dependable than 99% of the others at…
7. Storey’s Guide to Training Horses, 3rd Edition: Ground Work, Driving, Riding (2019)
Storey’s Guide to Training Horses is a one-stop reference for every aspect of horse training, including a complete program for turning a shy and gangly foal into a calm, confident, well-balanced equine partner. Now with full-color photography, the third edition includes step-by-step guidance on all the essential training procedures for both English- and Western-style riding, including haltering and leading, saddling and mounting, and addresses the finer points of gaits, lightness, and collection. Best-selling author Heather Smith Thomas draws on her decades of equestrian experience to anticipate every situation…
In this book, Jutta Wiemers describes 100 “smart” games through which you can achieve a perfect partnership with your horse. The games are progressive and range from simple leading and lungeing, through to circus tricks (curtseying, kneeling, lying down or sitting on command, Spanish walk, and even the Hungarian post). Along the way there are other fun-packed games involving balance, sure-footedness, agility, and confidence building. All the proposed games are beneficial to the horse—they will keep his body healthy, while his mind is stimulated. The training suggested is sometimes ambitious but always playful, and…
Horseplay and Harmony focuses on safe and responsible trick horse training methods using positive reinforcement. No ropes, no whips and non-force methods. If you were wondering how to do it, look no further! Years in the making and it’s finally here! A book full of easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and full color photographs demonstrating each of the tricks you want to learn. Trick horse training is not only fun, it is extremely beneficial in bonding with your horse, shaping behaviour and building trust. Each of the photographs in this book are of 100% Morgan horses that Caylyn has personally worked…
So you have a foal, read and practiced the techniques in ‘Foals with Goals’ and now it’s time to play the waiting game until you can ride, right? Of course not! Horseplay and Harmony has you covered with “Trick Horse and Liberty Training for Young Horses”. This book is specifically designed to help engage your young one by working with their mind and body while developing a bond of trust and work ethic that will follow you through all stages of life and achievements!…
11. Clicker Training for Your Horse (2007)
Clicker training for horses: a detailed, step by step training guide….
“The Click That Teaches: A Step-By-Step Guide in Pictures is packed with over 600 photos. This comprehensive training guide will take you from clicker basics to to advanced training. Even if you are a novice handler, you’ll find these step-by-step lessons easy to follow. And for the experienced clicker trainer, you will enjoy finding the “clickable” moment in the training sequences. Develop your timing, develop your eye with these step-by-step lessons. The Book covers: * Clicker Basics: Getting Started with the Clicker * The Three foundation Lessons of a Clicker-Trained Horse: Targeting,…
13. Teaching Horses with Positive Reinforcement: A Guide to Achieving Success with Clicker Training (2018)
Horses learn better when they are reinforced for their efforts. They learn even better when there is clear communication that tells them when they have gotten the right answer. The use of the clicker (or other marker signal) in combination with positive reinforcement provides both clarity and motivation for learning. Positive reinforcement is a great way to teach your horse new behaviors, improve existing behaviors, and address problem behaviors. It can be used in place of more traditional training techniques and is very effective for all types of behaviors including…
Over the past two decades, trick training for horses has become immensely popular: Not only are there a number of top horsemen and women who tour the world performing in front of huge audiences, but more and more riders―both competitive and recreational―appreciate that varying a horse’s work and training routine is of significant importance when trying to ensure a willing athletic partner capable of performing his best. Groundwork and trick training specialist Sigrid Schöpe has found great success teaching her own horses tricks, which they enjoy doing as part of their regular…
15. 3-Minute Horsemanship: 60 Amazingly Achievable Lessons to Improve Your Horse When Time Is Short (2013)
We have all been told that when we work with horses, we should feel like we have all the time in the world. After all, on one end of the lead rope is a horse that needs a chance to understand what is being asked and enough time to figure out the right answer. But on the other end of the lead rope is a twenty-first-century horse owner, often with a full calendar, a mobile phone, and always one eye on the clock. Day after day we promise to train ourselves and our horses to improve, but when we get to the barn, there never seems to be enough time. But as it turns out, what really matters is the quality of the training you…
Best Horse Training Books to Read
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Horses From Courses: Re-training thoroughbred ex-racehorses
Author(s): Brodie, Scott
Publisher: Australian eBook Publisher, Year: 2015, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
Biomechanics and Physical Training of the Horse
Author(s): Jean-Marie Denoix
Publisher: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, Year: 2014, Size: 788 Mb, Download: pdf
What Every Horse Should Know: A Training Guide to Developing a Confident and Safe Horse
Author(s): Cherry Hill
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC, Year: 2011, Size: 14 Mb, Download: epub
Knowing Your Horse: A Guide to Equine Learning, Training and Behaviour
Author(s): Emma Lethbridge
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, Year: 2009, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
The Power of Positive Horse Training: Saying Yes to Your Horse (Howell Equestrian Library)
Author(s): Sarah Blanchard
Publisher: Howell Book House, Year: 2005, Size: 14 Mb, Download: pdf
Building your dream horse : Charles Wilhelm's ultimate foundation training
Author(s): Charles Wilhelm; Allison W Houston
Publisher: Howell Book House , Year: 2005, Size: 31 Mb, Download: pdf
Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really best-sellers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.