• Evidence-Based Horsemanship is based on the Scientist-Practitioner Model. It was developed out of a collaboration between Martin Black and Dr. Stephen Peters who felt that the public and their horses needed a source of accurate information. "Real information" gathered by observation, tested in the field and validated by science. Evidence-Based Horsemanship involves assessing and integrating scientific findings to inform decisions and to create "best practices " in all areas of horse training and care based on empirical outcomes (i.e., what "works"). It allows us to ask the question, "What does our current scientific knowledge of the horse, when applied and empirically observed, show me about getting the best outcomes possible for me and the horse?"  
  • Martin Black's understanding of the horse’s mind and knowledge of how to achieve confident performance with minimum stress are seldom matched. Likewise, the depth of the stockman’s savvy is such that he can teach a cow—or a herd—to load in a trailer in open country. In Cow-Horse Confidence, Black uses what a horse knows about rating herd mates, for example, to teach the horse to rate cattle, just as he recognizes that a horse speaks the language of flight zone and balance point, the two components required to move and direct cattle. Martin Black could be called “the pro’s pro,” the horseman other trainers seek to help resolve a problem or get a young horse off to a good start. Cow-Horse Confidence gives an inside look at Black’s time-honored techniques for working horses and cattle.  
  • During the 1800's and early 1900's large herds of cattle roamed the mountains and valleys of California. This was a time when vaqueros and buckaroos rode horses every day looking after cattle. The vaquero traditions and techniques were closely guarded secrets that were shared with few people. Ed Connell was one of these men. Ed's teachers were men who practiced the vaquero traditions and rode top-notch hackamore and bridle horses. While working with Ed Connell in the production of Reinsman of the West, it was a pleasure to watch him work a horse, and listening to his many stories about horses he started in the hackamore and finished in the bridle. Through his books, Hackamore Reinsman and Reinsman of the West, Ed Connell has made a wonderful contribution to the western style of horsemanship. These books provide a snapshot of the California vaquero training style and traditions. With Vaquero artist Ernest Morris  
  • Reinsman of the West - Bridles & Bits. Volume II by Ed Connell With Vaquero artist Ernest Morris  
  • Paperback, 127 pages. A Compilation of Articles and Letters. By Ed Connell  
  • Mino Spadacini was born into a Milanese family in Como in 1944. He attended the Liceo Artistico and the Accademia di Brera at Milan. His passion for horses became apparent at an early age, bringing him to California in the 1970's, where he studied the Vaqueros' old classical method of horse training: The California Spade Bit Horse. In this period he sculpted and painted various paintings and drawings for his ranch friends on the subject of the Californios and the Buckaroos Life. He participated fully in the life and work of the ranch and learned the various phases of training, from the colt to the "finished" Reined Horse. Working alongside and taking part in their various clinics, he got to know the legendary horse trainers of the time: George Rose, Bobby Ingersoll, Felix Guitron, Jean Claude Disly, Tony Amaral and Les Vogt, right up to the more recent trainers such as Ray Hunt, Martin Black, Richard Caldwell and Sheila Varian, to name a few. During his time in California he collected various antique Spade Bits and has a valuable collection unique in Italy, containing also Bosals and Mecates. This is, alas, now missing some historic saddles that were stolen a few years ago. Today he no longer works professionally but entirely for love, at his Bellavista Ranch in Maremma. And he has never stopped drawing.
  • Tom Dorrance Talks About Horses - True Unity - Willing Communication Between Horse and Human - Edited by Milly Hunt Porter. Tom Dorrance has been referred to as the "horse's lawyer." Tom gives the horse credit for his knowledge of a horse's feelings and problems. He says, "What I know about the horse I learned from the horse." Now, in True Unity, Tom shared some of these ideas to help achieve a true unity for human and horse. In talking about the horse Tom mentions often the horse's need for self preservation. The Self Tom approaches in the horse is a total entity. True Unity allows the reader to feel and see the horse in the way Tom sees and feels the horse. It allows the reader to approach the horse with Tom - to approach the horse with a feeling of acceptance for the value of the whole horse - physical, mental and innermost horse. A unique bonus feature of True Unity is a chapter presenting some of Tom's students as they share how Tom's help with their horses changed their horses and their lives. Hardback, 151 pages
  • This book is a collection of essays and stories, which not only reflect the admiration and respect for Tom Dorrance, but also give clues and direction to the many people who really want to develop their horsemanship skills. You will find knowledgeable horse people from many disciplines and a wide variety of experience sharing their 'aha' moments. Talking about how, despite many a struggle, with Toms' guidance and with their own practice and determination, they could make incredible breakthroughs in understanding and communication with the horse. Tom was very protective of his work, his way with horses. This was not from a selfish point of view. He wanted a person to get it right. He didn't want the horse to suffer because of any misunderstanding and so he tried to help anyone he could and he would encourage you to observe and compare. If you were prepared to work at things he was always there for you.   We want to extend our gratitude to all the contributors to this book. This has been a labor of love and a personal dream for us to collate all these stories and anecdotes that go to show the real Tom Dorrance, More than a Horseman.   We truly believe that the contents of this book will help a person not only with their horses but also with their life. - Margaret Dorrance and John Saint Ryan
  • Famous horse trainer Bobby Ingersoll has produced a fascinating book about the history of the California stock horse and the hackamore style of horse training. The centuries-old Spanish tradition is rapidly becoming a lost art. Ingersoll's depth of experience and knowledge, along with many detailed illustrations by horseman Jim Paul and photographs by David R. Stoecklein, result in a volume that will delight and educate readers. The book is complete with practical horse training tips, intricate drawings and diagrams, and many photographs of significant riders and their hackamore horses. "Following the Spanish tradition, Bobby's philosophy deals with the heart and the mind of the horse. He believes that only through feel can one truly communicate to a horse and that's what makes someone a good horseman, or what many call a "Horse Whisperer."  -  National Reined Cow Horse Association Hardbound coffee table book.
  • Hard Back coffee table book featuring the extraordinary photography of the late David Stoecklein. Twenty-fifth anniversary. Twenty-five years ago Dave started photographing the hard-working cowboys of Idaho. When people saw the first Idaho Cowboy calendar and then the resulting book, The Idaho Cowboy, they always wondered why Dave didn't do books and calendars about cowboys in other states first. But Dave lives in Idaho and those cowboys are the ones he knows best. Eventually, Dave produced calendars and books about cowboys from other western states - Texas, Montana, California - but he has always had a special place in his heart for those Idaho cowboys. Idaho may be more famous for its potatoes than its cowboys, but in fact, the state has produced some of the best cowmen and horsemen in the country. It is also a state full of cattle and horse ranches. And some of the most beautiful country and mountains in the world. This book assembles Dave's favorite images from 25 years of photographing Idaho cowboys. The original, The Idaho Cowboy, is a classic collector's book and the one that started it all. This new book celebrates the 25th anniversary edition. And it is sure to become a collector's item in its own right.