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Books: Long-Reining with Double Dan Horsemanship

Long-reining with double dan horsemanship

Long-Reining with Double Dan Horsemanship

Safe, Controlled Groundwork Techniques to Build an Effective Partnership

By Dan James and Dan Steers (Trafalgar)

Equestrians and authors Dan James and Dan Steers have combined their extensive knowledge of horse training to pen a book about the merits of long-reining.  Long-reining is a useful way of ensuring that the horse understands the commands for walk, halt, left, right, and trot well before a rider climbs aboard.  The how-to book entitled Long-Reining with Double Dan Horsemanship:  Safe, Controlled Groundwork Techniques to Build an Effective Partnership on the Ground and Success in the Saddle is rich with information about this traditional training method.  The Dans cover every aspect of long-reining from warm-ups and controlled transitions to two reins desensitizing exercises and stopping.  The exceptional photographs of the various rein work involved make the instructions a pleasure to follow.  Some of the exercises suggested are accompanied by drawings that show the proper way to change direction when practicing the lateral yield or running the horse through a series of obstacle exercises.  The entire Double Dan training program outlined in Long-Reining with Double Dan Horsemanship:  Safe, Controlled Groundwork Techniques to Build an Effective Partnership on the Ground and Success in the Saddle is suited for any horse enthusiast.  Whether you’re into Western or English riding, their concepts will serve you well.    

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Chris Enss is a New York Times Bestselling author who writes about women of the Old West.

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