Breaking and Training the Stock Horse by Charles O. Williamson

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Breaking and Training the Stock Horse by Charles O. Williamson

Contents include:

  • The Seat or Sticking On
  • Riding on a Slack Rein
  • Tact
  • Teaching a Horse to Walk Beside You
  • The Barn Raised Colt
  • Breaking the Wild Range Colt
  • Odd Horses- the Running W
  • Suppling a horse and making him light
  • The Sidepass
  • Working the Square
  • Drunk Man
  • Change of Leads
  • Two track
  • Standing for Mounting
  • Ground Tying
  • Advanced Longe Line Work
  • Learning to Ride a Bucking Horse
  • Loading in a Trailer
  • Roping, Pole Bending, Barrel Racing, Cutting

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Breaking and Training the Stock Horse
by Charles O. Williamson
Illustrations by Carol Hoobing

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  • Autographed by author
  • Caxton Printers 1950 copyright - 1958 printing.
  • Third Edition
  • 7.25" x 10.25".
    Hardbound book is very good condition - tight, clean.
  • Very clean and tight inside. No writing, marks or tears except for author's autograph.
  • Dust jacket is in good condition with a chip on top edge and a water stain in lower left corner.
  • 121 pages

"Breaking and Training the Stock Horse is the first horse training book I ever read. I was given a first edition copy in 1957 by one of my mentors, a cowgirl who worked on a ranch in Elko, Nevada.

"Charles Williamson wrote about horsemanship and feel and encouraged readers to observe the horse and to think - way back in the 1950s - before today's Natural Horsemanship movement. Williamson encouraged trainers to be light and balanced in their riding. One of the cornerstones of his ground training and mounted training was the turn on the forehand which many modern clinicians claim is the key to their methods - today it is called by many names such as disengaging or breaking loose the hindquarters or yielding, but it is actually a turn on the forehand.

"Some of the restraint methods in Williamson's book (which were used in the movie, "The Horse Whisperer") are not necessary for normal horse training but here is one of the few books that does discuss them. So for historical interest, this is a legendary book.

"I credit Williamson's book with starting me on the right track - influencing my training philosophies and style to listen to the horse, to work with the horse and not against him, to develop a thorough ground training program. I will try to keep copies of this hard-to-find (out of print) classic available on my website so you too can benefit from Williamson's good advice."Cherry Hill


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