Rick Lamb, creator and host of the popular TV and radio shows The Horse Show and The Horse Show Minute has spent the past decade bringing horsemen and women of all ages and levels of experience the most current information available on the care, riding, and training of horses. Along the way, he’s personally tested everything he’s learned, transforming himself from a greenhorn to a well-rounded horseman—with the humility to acknowledge he still has a ways to go.
Now, Rick has picked the very best of what he’s learned, and the very worst mistakes he’s made, and shared them in a soul-baring collection of personal stories and practical lessons. With humor and candor, he passes along his hard-won wisdom:
- Before riding a horse, it’s important to have a plan for gaining his respect.”
- Pursuing a human ideal of equine beauty can compromise the health of the horse.
- A panicking horse needs to be given something to think about.
In addition, Rick offers useful advice on:
- Performing an emergency dismount
- Planning and constructing horse property
- Practicing a one-rein stop
- Feeding according to your horse's needs
- Using Imprint Training
- Preparing for trailer loading
Plus, get an exclusive look at four years of the Road to the Horse colt-starting competition, starring:
CLINTON ANDERSON,JOSH LYONS, CRAIG CAMERON, CHRIS COX, MARTIN BLACK, VAN HARGIS, CURT PATE, and STACY WESTFALL.
Early Praise for Human to Horseman
“I love Rick Lamb’s new book Human to Horseman and couldn’t believe how closely our journeys were to lock-step. If you love your horse, there is so much fantastic information in this book that you need to know. Human to Horseman is your new bible for the healthiest, happiest horses you could ever hope for. And the inside stories of Rick’s work with Clinton Anderson and The Road to the Horse were so much fun. A must-read.” —Joe Camp, author of The Soul of a Horse, and writer, producer, and director of the Benji films
“The title for this book is perfect, and Lamb does an artful job of describing the eventful journey that has helped shape him as a person and a personality. Indeed, those of us who aspire to be called horsemen and women can identify with Lamb’s experiences, however funny, sad, painful, and educational. He’s hit all the high and low notes that go with loving and learning about horses…What I also found fascinating was the ‘behind the scenes’ analysis of the times he’s spent with famous horsemen who’ve helped pave his way in the horse industry. These horsemen are the movers and shakers of today’s horse world, and Lamb’s insights and commentary help cast a historical perspective on our equine times.” —Kathy Swan, Executive Editor of NRHA Reiner
“The mystical relationship between humans and horses goes back thousands of years and may even be embedded in our genes. Human to Horseman unlocks for the reader the mysteries of the horse and guides the reader to a deeper understanding of this ancient relationship. It is a book for everyone interested in horses—from the most casual rider to the keenest professional. Even non–riders will find this beautifully written book fascinating and illuminating.” —Douglas Preston, author of Cities of Gold and The Monster of Florence
“Educational, entertaining, and a page–turning read, Human to Horseman is my new favorite horse book. I couldn’t put it down. Rick Lamb shares the vulnerable, bumpy path he took on his journey to becoming a true horseman. I'm happy to say he crossed the finish line with flying colors.” Lisa Wysocky, equine clinician and author of My Horse, My Partner: Teamwork on the Ground
“What a great book! The writing is superb. Makes me feel like a pretender. When I got to chapters 17 and 18 the neighbors probably heard me shouting...YES!...Over my years of involvement, I've observed many things about the nature of horses, their dietary habits, hoof care, grooming, etc. Man can't improve on nature. This book conveys that to the layman better than any book I've seen.” —Vaughn Wilson, horse breeder