In Ranch-Horse Versatility, multiple world champion versatility rider Mike Major explores some of the things you can do to set you up for success in ranch-horse versatility competitions. While it was written for an audience of competitive riders, the tips and tricks in Ranch-Horse Versatility should be able to help riders of all skill levels improve their skills and the responsiveness of their mounts.
Grooming is a short booklet by Joe and Cindy Weaver that simply demonstrates how to make your horse look better through grooming. Whether you’re getting ready for a show or just seeking some advice on day-to-day clipping, bathing, and tail and main care, Grooming will likely have something for you. It’s packed with photos to make the techniques clear for horse owners with any level of experience.
In World Class Reining, Shaw Flarida and Craig Schmersal—two of the most successful and respected trainers in the discipline—bring you a complete training program that helped them get to the top. They cover every aspect of reining, from selecting a horse and equipment to the training process that’s broken down into individual maneuvers to show day psychology and preparation. World Class Reining is filled with illustrations and photographs of such high quality that it even makes an enjoyable coffee table book!
Rodeo Legends traces the lives and exploits of some of rodeo’s biggest stars from the past, both men and women. From bull riding to barrel racing to calf roping to saddle bronc riding, many rodeo disciplines are covered. You’ll gain new insights into the lives of these legends, and with the beautiful photographs that are included, Rodeo Legends makes a good read for rodeo fans of all ages.
Craig Cameron’s Ride Smarter is meant for readers who already ride horses but who want to take their technique to the next level for a better riding experience. Whether your goal is to ride in the arena, on trails, or just around your own land, Ride Smarter will provide a number of tips and tricks that will help you have a better experience and develop a closer, more understanding relationship with your horse.
Western Horseman’s “Here’s How” column is one of the most popular features of the magazine, and in Helpful Hints for Horseman you can have easy access to a collection of the best “Here’s How” advice from the last ten years in one handy book! It covers a variety of topics, with chapters on everything from basics like health care and saddles to more nuanced topics like watering systems and barn equipment. We bet that even the most experienced horse lover can learn something new in here.
Horse ownership can be daunting, especially if it’s your first time. Fran Devereaux Smith, a Western Horseman managing editor, realizes this, and in First Horse she passes on tons of advice to help first time horse owners with all aspects of the process, from choosing and purchasing the right horse to finding a spot to keep it to selecting the right gear to feeding and basic health care. Help make sure that your first horse isn’t your last with First Horse!
Backcountry riding can be one of the more difficult tests for you and your horse, which is why Mike Kinsey and Jennifer Denison have teamed up to bring you Backcountry Basics. Based on the popular series that ran in Western Horseman magazine, Backcountry Basics is a problem-solving handbook for the unique challenges of trail riding. While it’s catered towards recreational trail riders, its principles are helpful to riders of all stripes, especially when it comes to developing the trust, confidence, and willingness of your horse.
Legends Volume 7 is another collection of profiles and stories of influential quarter horses from a collection of established Western Horseman contributors. It focuses on both stallions and mares, many of whom were at the top of their specific discipline, be it racing, reining, cutting, or anything else. It includes technical details like pedigrees, show records, and sire records, but perhaps even more interesting are the stories and photographs from trainers and other people who worked closely with the horses, allowing you the reader a peek behind the scenes.
In Starting Colts, lifelong horse trainer Mike Kevil provides advice that horse owners, expert and novice alike, can learn from. He focuses on the tried and true stimulus-response-reward system, and how to apply it effectively and humanely. With chapters on everything from the first saddling and introduction to the bit to trailer loading, there’s something for everyone here, regardless of what job you use your horses for.
Lameness is one of the most painful equine afflictions, both for the horse itself as well as you its owner and friend. In Understanding Lameness, veterinarian Terry Swanson examines lameness and its effects on your horse’s present and future. He also explores causes, symptoms, and the diagnostics and treatment options that might be best for your horse. Lameness will always be scary, but with Understanding Lameness it will hopefully be a little less scary for you.
In this book, Buck Brannaman—a lifelong working cowboy—demonstrates some of the essentials of roping. He focuses more on practical ranch roping than rodeo roping, but many of the basic mechanics are similar for each style. In Ranch Roping, you’ll learn some fundamental rope-handling techniques, a variety of swings from basic to advanced, and how to keep your horse and cattle safe while roping.
This revised edition of Barrel Racing, by four-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier Sharon Camarillo, can teach something to barrel racers of all skill levels. She covers all aspects of the process, from selecting your horse and gear to the day of the competition itself, and she’ll guide you through her technique that emphasizes the approach, rate, and turn. Barrel Racing is loaded with over 150 photos and illustrations that make certain techniques clear in a way that words alone cannot.
Even the most experienced horse owner can occasionally come across a horse that has a seemingly new problem. Regardless of your experience level, Marty Merten’s Problem Solving Volume 2 should be able to shed some light on it. Merten covers specific issues in each chapter, but is quick to point out that what most people recognize as a problem is often a symptom of a deeper problem. He stresses prevention and good horsemanship, so even if a specific chapter is covering a problem you haven’t encountered, it will likely still contain information that’s useful to you.
Between Chris Cox’s words of wisdom and the beautiful 200-plus photographs, Ride the Journey is sure to help improve your horsemanship skills. Cox, a four time winner of the Road to the Horse championship, provides his years of experience on topics such as groundwork, creating a natural head set, leg-yielding exercises, cattle work, and so much more! Riders of all experience levels are sure to find something useful in Ride the Journey.
Baxter Black’s column has long been one of readers’ favorite parts of Western Horseman magazine. Black is a veterinarian who just happens to also be a gifted writer and humorist. The Back Page collects some of his finest work and the illustrations that originally accompanied it in a single volume. Black’s observations and cowboy philosophy are sure to bring a smile to your face time and time again.
More than Color: Paint Horse Legends, Volume 2 provides profiles and backgrounds of 20 of the horses that helped make the breed as iconic as it is today. It contains profiles on stallions, mares, and geldings that had a long-term impact on the breed, and the stories are told through interviews of the people who worked with these horses day in and day out, giving More than Color a uniquely personal voice.
A collection of Western Horseman contributors have teamed up to bring you this third edition of Legends. Like the other installments in the series, Legends Volume 3 brings you profiles and stories of the stallions and mares that made the quarter horse breed what it is today. 16 horses are covered here, and it’s packed with illustrations and photos to make for an enjoyable read.
Cynthia McFarland’s The Horseman’s Guide to Tack and Equipment: Form, Fit, and Function collects contributions from a number of different experts to provide lots of information on the currently available options for different types of equine gear. However, it’s much more than a buyer’s guide. Instead, it’s a user’s guide. Beyond recommending what kind of equipment to buy, it suggests how to best utilize that equipment for your needs and your horses build and range of motion.