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Reining Essentials - How to Excel in Western’s Hottest Sport

Horse Books

Trafalgar Square Books is pleased to announce the publication of Reining Essentials by Sandy Collier. World Champion trainer and rider Sandy Collier provides this indispensable guide of progressive training exercises for the reining horse. Whether green, broke, or “push-button,” every horse will perform more willingly, cleanly, and quickly with work on what she calls the “Seven Essentials”—the foundational basics every riding horse needs. Like no other book out there, Collier breaks down the maneuvers required in a reining pattern and the tricks and techniques for introducing them, perfecting them, and showing them off in competition.

”Sandy understands horse psychology and she knows how to gain a horse’s respect. Enjoy this book—it’s an easy-to-follow, methodical approach to training a performance horse that can’t help but bring success.” —Clinton Anderson, Downunder Horsemanship®

“Reining Essentials will fill you with good ideas and concepts. For anyone who wants to ride, rein, or just get the horses better broke, it’s a wonderful learning experience.” —Al Dunning, World Champion trainer and rider

SANDY COLLIER ( was the first and only woman horse trainer to win the prestigious NRCHA (National Reined Cow Horse Association) World Champion Snaffle Bit Futurity. She’s been NRCHA World Champion Snaffle Bit Futurity Reserve Co-Champion, NRCHA Stallion Stakes Champion, NRHA Limited Open Champion, and an AQHA World Champion. In 2008, Collier won the NRCHA Hackamore Classic and was presented the Western Lifetime Achievement Award by Monty Roberts. She is ranked in the top 10 for NRCHA earnings. Collier lives in Buellton, California.

JENNIFER FORSBERG MEYER is an award-winning journalist, author, and editor with numerous articles and columns, as well as three other books, to her name. Formerly the Publisher of California Horse Review and the California Paint Horse Directory, she filled many shoes at Horse & Rider magazine before assuming her current post as Editorial Director. She lives in Northern California.

240 pp ∙ 8 ½ x 11 ∙ 175 color photos, 25 illustrations ∙ 978 1 57076 407 3 ∙ $26.95 pb

To order contact: Trafalgar Square Books, Box 257, Howe Hill Road, N. Pomfret, VT 05053 800.423.4525 ∙