Lyons on Horses: John Lyons' Proven Conditioned-Response Training Program
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Lyons on Horses: John Lyons' Proven Conditioned-Response Training Program

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In John Lyons’ twenty-nine years of experience in horse trainer–instructing, he has become recognized as “America’s Most Trusted Horseman.” Each year for the past thirteen years, nearly 10,000 horse handlers from all over the world flock to Lyons’ horse-training clinics to learn from the man whose step-by-step methods have reared some of the most talented trainers, clinici...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published September 1st 1991)
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This is my favorite horse training book. Mr. Lyons knows his stuff and his methods are sound, safe, easy on both the horse and trainer/rider. I've used his techniques and THEY WORK. Mr. Lyons uses behavior modification methods, i.e., condition-response, in his training. He says that the best training tool you have is right at the end of your arm--your hand. Praise, pat, rub, scratch. Amen to that!


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Great training book. However I would recommend reading his book "Bringing Up Baby" before reading this one. Bringing up baby gives very specific instructions and gives you an idea of how John's methods work. Reading this book after helped me to better understand why I wad doing something, and since this book is not about step by step instructions, I could figure out for myself what steps I needed to take to get to my goal.
It was a refresher since I have worked with his methods before but it helps having a break and coming back into it with a refresher on the method. Love it!
This is a clear and concise, step-by-step look at tackling a young horse's training. Lyons gives terrific advice and I consider it a classic.
Cm Coletti
Sep 22, 2008 Cm Coletti rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horse Lovers!
Best gentle training book around! LOVED it!
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