Pat Elder brings her unique teaching methods to the subject of training a halter horse in this excellent how-to book for Miniature Horse owners. Using her well-known "natural" and humane methods, Pat walks the reader through every step of the process. Over 90 photographs and illustration emphasize every point the author makes.
The table of contents provides a peek at what's included:
•Selecting the halter horse: conformation, movement, foals as prospects, bloodlines
•Basic training: dealing with disrespectful, pushy, frightened, or head-shy horses; catching the horse, leading the horse; kicking and biting, crowding
•Condition: round pen work, jumping, backing, movement enhancers, neck sweats
•Halter horse care: nutrition, water, housing, blanketing
•Special training: setting the feet, using the neck, pricking the ears, learning patience, a flat toppling, the quick release knot; showing stallions, loading onto a trailer
•Body Clipping: the head, razoring, the mane and tail, the ears
•First show: show clothes, horse attire, entering the show, show supplies
•Show time: preparing the stalls, measuring the horse, final preparations
•The halter class: visualization, class procedures, setting up the horse, show ring etiquette
Pat Elder got her first horse when she was twelve, a palomino and white paint named Coco. By sixteen, Pat was training professionally, starting 2-year-olds under saddle, retraining problem horses, and showing in halter and performance classes such as Western Pleasure, Showmanship, Trail, Reining, and Pleasure Driving. She bought her first Miniature Horse as a pet in 1992, and quickly fell in love with the breed. Now, she owns Rosa Roca Training Stable in Oklahoma City and professional trains Miniature Horses and Shetland Ponies for halter and performance.
A published author with a love of researching, Pat believes strongly that understanding a horse's ancestry can promote better breeding or purchasing decisions, and can also add to a horse's marketability.
■152 pgs, 90 Photographs
■5 1/2" x 8 1/2"