My Selection Of The Best Horse Training Books

There is something that just about every rider loves almost as much as riding, and that is reading about horses, training and riding. The best horse training books can help make the very most of your relationship with your horse, help fix any problems you may have, and make you a better rider.

My Selection Of The Horse Training Books

Let’s have a look at a few of the top rated horse training books out there.

1. The Ultimate Horse Behaviour And Training Book

The Ultimate Horse Behavior and Training Book: Enlightened and Revolutionary Solutions for the 21st Century

This is a beautifully illustrated book, which has step by step instructions on how to deal with hundreds of horse issues; from behaviour to health to training problems, and just about everything in between.

Linda Tellington-Jones has written several fascinating books about horses, and she is internationally recognized as an animal behaviorist and an equine expert, so you are in good hands with this book.

This one is a real lifesaver if you are looking for a better way to connect with and understand your horse, and improve your riding as well as your relationship with your horse in general. Communication and understanding is key, and this book will help you with those things.

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2. Horse Speak – An Equine-Human Translation Guide

Horse Speak: An Equine-Human Translation Guide: Conversations with Horses in Their Language

Have you ever wondered what your horse is thinking? Or why he spooks at certain things, or what you can do to get him to really listen to you?

Then this book is for you. It teaches you how to “speak” to your horse like another horse would, which is  the best way to communicate with him – after all, horses don’t speak English, and while he may understand some of the things you say to him it is best to communicate with him in a way that you are certain he will understand.

Sharon Wilsie, the author, is a professional animal trainer who regularly works with horses for private clients and at equine rescues, so she has a lot of experience. Having good communication can really solve a lot of issues between you and your horse, and you will find that a lot of things just “click” after reading this book.

Learn about “Greet”, “Going Somewhere”, “Grooming”, and “Gone”, and a great many other things, with this illustrated step by step guide to encourage better conversation between you and your best friend.

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3. Tales Of Horsemanship

Tales Of Horsemanship: An Inside Look At The Secrets Of Successful Horse Training Revealed Through Short Stories

This is a great book for those who like their self help books to have a more literary spin. You will learn all sorts of tips and techniques through the medium of short stories, which makes this learning experience fun as well as informative.

You will get the chance to read about a lot of common problems, their solutions and the results, as told to you first hand by someone who has experienced them.

Carson James is the author, and he uses authentic horsemanship to solve problems and unlock the potential of both you and your horse.

This is a great and fun way to get inside your horse’s mind and help deal with any problems you may find there. It’s also a really good way to deepen your relationship with your horse and improve your partnership.

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4. 101 Ground Training Exercises For Horse And Rider

101 Ground Training Exercises for Every Horse & Handler (Read & Ride)

Ground training is absolutely essential for a good riding experience. If you and your horse haven’t mastered the basics of ground training then you might find that you have problems in the saddle – it’s time to get off, and start from scratch.

Cherry Hill is an internationally recognised horse trainer and instructor, and has written several other books, so she is well qualified to teach you in this one. This book is suitable for all ages and abilities, and it should be a manual that you shove in your backpack and take with you everywhere!

It is fully illustrated, so you can see what it is you are supposed to be doing if you are a visual person who needs more than the step by step instructions. You will be sure to notice a startling difference in your horse’s manners, both in the saddle and out of it, when you start implementing ground training into your daily routine.

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5. The Modern Horseman’s Countdown To Broke

The Modern Horseman's Countdown to Broke: Real Do-It-Yourself Horse Training in 33 Comprehensive Steps

This book is a complete training programme to help you improve your riding and your relationship with your horse, in just about any discipline.

Sean Patrick is a professional trainer and as such he is very qualified to write this guide.

It has an interesting format; you start at Lesson 33 and count your way back down to 1, and when you reach Lesson 1 you have finished the programme and should be equipped with every tool necessary to make your riding – and groundwork – the best that it can possibly be.

Your horse will thank you for this book too, as it is an education for the rider as well as the horse, which will improve your working relationship.

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6. Training And Riding With Cones And Poles

Training and Riding with Cones and Poles: Over 35 Engaging Exercises to Improve Your Horse's Focus and Response to the Aids, While Sharpening Your Timing and Accuracy

Training with cones and poles, although you may think that you don’t need any props, is a very effective way of training your horse to be more responsive.

From teaching him how to bend better and pay attention to where he places his feet, to developing more accuracy in your schooling, riding with cones and poles is a fascinating way of improving your horse and yourself.

You should very quickly notice your horse becoming more responsive to your aids, as you will notice an increased awareness in yourself. It can’t guarantee to get him to stop standing on your toes though!

Written by Sigrid Schope, a rider of over 40 years experience who focuses on natural horsemanship, this one is a must for the tackroom shelf.

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Sam Ellis
Sam is a founder and editor of Horses & Foals. In personal life he is a proud father of a boy and twin girls. He believes it is more important than ever before to encourage children to experience the joy of horse riding. Horses make as much sense as the sunshine in our world.


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