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Since 2004, when Craig Camerona€™s book Ride Smart was printed, the cliniciana€™s 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. Camerona€™s 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 ita€™s time to change horses. He discusses caring for your horse at home and on the road, something hea€™s familiar with after logging thousands of miles with his horses in tow. In Ride Smartera€™s 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 Camerona€™s 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 a€œbrave horse.a€ 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 horsea€™s skills. In his clinics, Cameron answers numerous questions about problem horses, and Chapter 15 addresses the most frequently discussed problems and the cliniciana€™s approach to fixing each one. Cameron also takes a humorous look at some a€œpeople problemsa€ 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 Camerona€™s first book, chapters in this second book, Ride Smarter, include a a€œTrue Story, a€ a personal anecdote about a memorable experience; a€œHerea€™s Howa€ with simple and practical training tips; and a€œA Better Way, a€ which provides workable approaches to common problems encountered in achieving horsemanship and horse-handling goals. Anyone who has been to Camerona€™s clinics can appreciate the straightforward instruction the Texas horseman offers. Those who havena€™t 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 a€œCowboya€™s Clinician.a€ Ride Smarter helps readers advance in the adventure of horsemanship.I like to service my truck before I go anywhere to be sure everything is working as it should be. ... can take care of routine maintenance, pack the wheel bearings, and inspect the hitch, safety chains, tires, wiring, flooring, mats and trailer lights.

Author: Craig Cameron
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2013-10-15

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