I finished up your book this morning around 5 am. I was up early to head up to the Florida-Alabama line to pick up a load of hay. Experts are saying, that because of the drought this summer, hay will be hard to find and harder to pay for by December. So I’m buying up ahead so our four horses will have something to chew on this winter. I must say that your book should be a must-read for all who are thinking about buying a horse. You have hit the nail on the head, and on a few toes, I expect.
As a farrier, I keep about 400 horses trimmed, with a few coming and going all the time. Some of the new clients, and many of my established clients, would have saved themselves much grief, dents and money by following the advice in your book. The farrier business is a little like some of your thoughts in your book: someone watches a video, or another farrier, and they decided they can do it too, decided without knowing the work involved, the dangers, the sore muscles and bruised toes.
I deal daily with horses of all breeds, disciplines, ages and dispositions. And yes, I’ve been kicked, bit, stomped and run over a few times. Thanks God no serious injuries. Back to your book....
As a writer I found your style quick and entertaining. Your information was on target and your timing was good. I liked the length, too. And the ease of reading had me through it in three days, which is very fast for me. And the message is one that needs to be preached from every sale barn in the country.
The only problem is, how do you get this message out to folks while they are in the process of deciding to buy a horse and not after they have a mouth full of dirt or a hoof print on their back? That’s the big question.
Let me know when you have another book out. I will buy it.
Much success with your book and horse training
Sincerely, Billy B.