It’s time to get real—that is, real, do-it-yourself horse training.
Professional trainer Sean Patrick has created the ultimate guide to the “complete” riding horse—whether a performance, working, or “just for fun” prospect. Quite simply, you begin at Lesson Number 33 and count your way down through the basic exercises—the “primary education”—every horse needs. And when you get to Lesson 1, you’ve done it; you’ve prepared your horse for advanced work in any number of equestrian disciplines. You can’t get lost along the way. There’s no room for confusion. Sean clarifies the point and explains the gist of every step. The happy result? He trains you to be a trainer.
Whether your horse is a foal or five, guilelessly green or imperfectly veteran, he will benefit from the Countdown—;a true “foundation” program, serving to prepare him for the endless variety of activities and “jobs” horses perform today. From indispensable handling, “sacking-out,” and tying exercises, to how you, the rider, can control the different parts of the horse’s body from the ground and the saddle; from mounting on both the left and the right to performing flawless flying lead changes, you’ll be amazed at how effective and efficient this program is.
“Sean Patrick has written a remarkably insightful book. It is well organized, with incredibly easy-to-follow steps that should lead to a very well-started horse that can excel in any riding event. Where was this book 25 years ago, when many of us were first struggling to start our horses with more ‘thoughtful’ methods?”
–Sandy Collier, world champion trainer of reined cow horses and author of Reining Essentials: How to Excel in Western’s Hottest Sport
"In The Countdown to Broke, Sean Patrick offers an easy-to-follow training course with just the right amount of theory tucked in. It's a thoughtful and well-crafted addition to natural horsemanship literature. You're going to like this guy!"
—Rick Lamb, host of TV and radio’s “The Horse Show,” and author of The Revolution in Horsemanship (with Dr. Robert M. Miller) and Human to Horseman
"The Modern Horseman's Countdown to Broke is a true masterpiece in the world of horse training. All horses are different in age, experience, temperament, and abilities, and Sean has done a wonderful job in giving horse owners the knowledge base to achieve the results they need by understanding the sequence of steps that will work for each individual horse, without gimmicks. After Sean explains it, it just makes sense! An exceptional book!”
—Susan Gibson, Publisher, Trail Blazer Magazine
" I have never seen a book this meticulous in providing step-by-step instructionÖ If you follow the Countdown as it is laid out, and do exactly as Sean recommends, you cannot mess this up — you are going to end up with a sane, well-trained horse.!”
— Dr. Robert M. Miller, Father of Imprint Training and author of Imprint Training of the Newborn Foal; A Revolution in Horsemanship; and Natural Horsemanship Explained