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