|The goal of Western
horsemanship is to make the horse an extension of
your own physique, so that you can move any part of that extension as
deftly as you move your own body-but more swiftly and powerfully. The
rider must relax, move with the horse, and constantly be aware of
the horse's rhythmic motions.
| This book offers the most
comprehensive treatment of Western riding
available, and is suited to both beginners and advanced horsemen.
will also increase the fun of the spectator at rodeos and horse shows,
because it helps him understand what he's looking at and see
things he was never aware of before.
author gives a concise history of the development of Western
horsemanship over the past four and a half centuries, from the early
conquistadors through the era of the working cowboy with his
needs, to today with its emphasis on riding for sport.
For the beginner the book explains what to do with a green horse and
continues step by step through training to the finished product
suitable for competition or use as a personal mount. There are
hints about deciding on the type of horse you need, the qualities to
look for, how to buy, and how to house him. There are tips on the
posture most conducive to relaxation and safety.
For the experienced horseman who wants to improve and become a winner
in a particular skill, Ride Western is
a text and handbook containing secrets and methods garnered .from
the experience of top performers as well as from firsthand knowledge of
the author. There is a great deal of material on special training and
competing with the reining horse, the rope horse, the cutting horse,
and the trail horse and on barrel racing and the show ring.
A Complete Guide to Western Horsemanship
by Louis Taylor
Wilshire Book Company,, 1968