Cow­boy Dres­sage Ex­plained

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Cow­boy Dres­sage: Rid­ing, Train­ing, and Com­pet­ing with Kind­ness as the Goal and Guid­ing Prin­ci­ple, by Jessica Black with Ei­tan and Deb­bie BethHalachmy (Trafal­gar Square Books), traces the evo­lu­tion of Cow­boy Dres­sage back to its roots, shar­ing

® the story of Ei­tan and Deb­bie BethHalachmy and their phe­nom­e­nal Mor­gan horses that have served as the move­ment’s am­bas­sadors.

Black pro­vides an en­gag­ing and ar­tic­u­late ex­pla­na­tion of the phi­los­o­phy of Cow­boy Dres­sage; ex­pec­ta­tions of the rider; what a par­tic­i­pant needs in terms of equip­ment; and how to pre­pare your horse. A sec­tion on ground work, as well as spe­cific train­ing ad­vice for achiev­ing en­gage­ment, reg­u­lat­ing gaits, smooth­ing tran­si­tions, and bal­anc­ing bend and straight­ness, get the reader started with a solid foun­da­tion.

Then spe­cific de­scrip­tions of the Cow­boy Dres­sage tests and “court” — the train­ing area des­ig­nated for prac­tic­ing the tests — are pro­vided, with ad­di­tional tools for those in­ter­ested in com­pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing rules, di­vi­sions, and how to ex­e­cute and judge tests. (For more about Cow­boy Dres­sage, see page 28.) Cost: $29.95. Con­tact: www.EquineNet­workS­tore. com. — Jenny Sul­li­van, The Trail Rider

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