Know Better to Do Better
Mistakes I Made with Horses (So You Don't Have To)
With horses we don’t get a ‘do-over’ button, as much as we’d sometimes like one. We have to live with the choices we make, even when—looking back—we know there might have been a better way to communicate, a different way to teach a new lesson, or another means to reach the desired end.
In this smart, honest book, chock-full of valuable information, gold medalist and renowned rider and coach Denny Emerson uses stories of the standout horses from his own riding career, which spans almost 70 years, to detail some of the things he wishes he’d known then that he knows now. With a candid willingness to share the mistakes he’s made over the years, and clearly articulated ideas on how others can avoid them, he commits himself and those reading to finding more conscientious ways to ride, train, and work with horses.
From basics like aids and equipment, to more specialised subjects—such as rider fitness, emotional control, and how to determine what success with your horse really means—riders of all skill levels will gain valuable, hard-won knowledge from his bite-size lessons in life and in horsemanship.
Perhaps most importantly, Emerson insists that it is never too late to change, both for the good of the horse and the good of oneself.
Reviews for Know Better to Do Better
Denny is one of the most intelligent horsemen I have ever been associated with, as anyone who reads this book will agree. His straightforward, no-nonsense advice and insight to so many modern, commonsense topics of horsemanship makes this book an invaluable and enjoyable read for horsemen of all ages and levels.
This book is at the absolute top of my list to recommend to all riding instructors-new ones or those with loads of experience. This book is a treasure.
American Riding Instructors Association
He candidly recounts his experience in the saddle and discusses what can be learned from his mistakes. Every equestrian can gain valuable insight from Denny’s teachings on horsemanship…and life.
Northeast Equestrian Life
I started to have a flick through and came to this early paragraph: ‘I’ve always found hearing something again in a slightly different way enables me to suddenly “get it” and so I’ve tried to come at things from different angles.’ Whether teaching or learning I know this is the truth, and I started to get excited! As I stopped flicking and started reading, I realised I’d come across an author and horseman with real nuggets of wisdom to offer and much more. Denny Emerson can not only teach us new things but also validate beliefs that in Intelligent Horsemanship we ‘know’, yet find reassuring to hear from a horseman with such impressive credentials.
IH Magazine (Intelligent Horsemanship)