Text Books

Horses: A Guide to Selection, Care and Enjoyment

Class: Intro to Horse Production, Building and Stable Management,

Equine Business and Marketing (Fall and Winter- Freshman Year)


Defining vital phase of buying, managing, enjoying and raising horses, Horses by Warren Evans features a wealth of illustrations and photo sequences that explains step by step management procedures. Explore the world of horses!

Hackamore Reinsman

Class: Industry Green Breaking (Spring- Freshman Year ) 

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

True Unity: Willing Communication between Horse and Human

Class: Halter Training (Winter - Freshman Year)

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 are 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.

Cow Horse Confidence

Class: Working Cow Horse, Advanced Horse Training, Arena Horse Skills 

Fall, Winter and Spring (Sophomore Year)

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.

Think Harmony with Horses

Class: Green Breaking (Winter- Freshman Year)

Ray Hunt travels around the country working with groups of riders who are interested in his philosophy of harmony with horses.  As Gene Lewis says in his Foreword to the book, Ray's theory is "to unite the horse and rider into one working unit of both mind and body.  He has developed a language that most western people can understand and has become a wonderful teacher and demonstrator."

Included in this book is an interpretation of the "Ray Hunt method of schooling a horse," written by Vincent W. Carpenter, who attended one of Ray's clinics.  He tells amazing stories that Ray might not tell about himself and summarizes the whole philosophy in a clear and objective way.

Also included is a question and answer section, in which a number of the most commonly asked questions are answered in detail.  And throughout the entire book runs the simple, basic idea: think harmony

Evidence Based Horsemanship 
Class: Horsemanship (Fall - Freshman Year)

Evidence-Based Horsemanship is based on the Scientist-Practitioner Model. It was developed out of 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?”

Bridles and Bits
Class: Advance Horse Training (Winter - Sophomore Year) 

Most people in the horse world are aware that REINSMAN OF THE WEST-BRIDLE & BITS is the second half of the training process; this is the only book of its kind which explains bridling in detail following the traditions of the Old Califonios. For this reason, it is essential to keep this book in print.