Synopses & Reviews
Since 2004, when Craig Camerons book Ride Smart was printed, the clinicians popularity has only grown. With his 2010 championship at the prestigious Road to the Horse, he gained even more followers to his no-nonsense approach to training and riding. Camerons easygoing teaching style, beloved by his students, is now found in this follow-up to his popular first book.
In Ride Smarter, readers learn to further develop their horsemanship skills and continue on the road to becoming true horsemen and -women. Cameron continues to build on some of the topics covered in his first volume, and adds valuable information that riders of all levels of expertise can use in improving their riding experiences.
Early chapters in this second book talk about the qualities that make a good horseman, and the responsibilities each person has to his or her horse. Cameron gives tips on selecting the right horse, making a smart purchase and knowing when its time to change horses. He discusses caring for your horse at home and on the road, something hes familiar with after logging thousands of miles with his horses in tow.
In Ride Smarters later chapters, Cameron addresses the advantages of different bits, and then delves into the use of cues and how important they are. He also discusses the fine art of correction, and helps readers understand when discipline is necessary, and offers tips on understanding and riding the different gaits.
One of Camerons goals when training is to develop a horse that does anything the horseman asks, and in one chapter Cameron relates how to create what he calls the “brave horse.” He then discusses the advantages of cross-training between the arena and the trail, and patterns and obstacles that you can use to advance both your and your horses skills.
In his clinics, Cameron answers numerous questions about problem horses, and Chapter 15 addresses the most frequently discussed problems and the clinicians approach to fixing each one. Cameron also takes a humorous look at some “people problems” that your horse might tell you about if he could talk. And finally, this top hand talks about setting goals for your horse and your horsemanship, and how valuable having that sense of direction can be.
As in Camerons first book, chapters in this second book, Ride Smarter, include a “True Story,” a personal anecdote about a memorable experience; “Heres How” with simple and practical training tips; and “A Better Way,” which provides workable approaches to common problems encountered in achieving horsemanship and horse-handling goals.
Anyone who has been to Camerons clinics can appreciate the straightforward instruction the Texas horseman offers. Those who havent had the pleasure of meeting Craig Cameron in person get a good look at the training techniques and coaching skills that have earned him a reputation as the “Cowboys Clinician.” Ride Smarter helps readers advance in the adventure of horsemanship.
Although Ride Smarter is a continuation of Ride Smart and follows a similar format, the second volumes subject matter is fresh and new, geared to take readers and riders to the next level of horsemanship.
About the Author
Craig Cameron is on the road more than 40 weeks a year, covering over 80,000 miles demonstrating the style of horsemanship he's perfected in the last 20 years. Traveling and working out of his Bluff Dale, Texas and Lincoln, New Mexico ranches, he starts hundreds of colts each year and gives horsemanship clinics on reining, starting horses on cattle, and problem solving to develop cowboy skills. Known as the "Cowboy's Clinician," Craig uses a philosophy of teaching that eliminates the rough handling of horses, which has earned him a well-deserved international following. A native Texan, this former PRCA rodeo cowboy, working cowboy, rancher and cattleman has made horses his life for more than 40 years. His original, entertaining, and motivational style is regularly sought out by television, radio, magazines, fairs, ranch rodeos, concerts, universities, and many celebrities
Table of Contents
1. For the Love of the Horse
2. The Making of a Horseman
3. Unlocking the Right Combination
4. Taking Good Care
5. Safe Travels
6. The Right Stuff
7. Beyond the Snaffle
8. The Use of Cues
9. Riding the Different Gaits
10. The Art of Discipline
11. Create a Brave Horse
12. Cross-Training Between Arena and Trail
13. Patterns for Success
14. Obstacle Courses
16. Setting and Achieving Your Goals
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