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"Equiknowlogy 101" Book Thoughts & Comments

Dear Smokie,

My husband and I were in a bookstore this afternoon where I found "Equiknowlogy 101." Oh yeah, I'm watching RFD-TV and seeing all the trainers. I've seen John Lyons, bought some books and magazines, Clinton Anderson actually did help me start my colt under saddle and I want to love Parelli, but can't quite wrap my mind around all of it. Just ask my horses!

I'm not finished with your book, but I'm truly impressed. I went to your website and looked at some of the links. I had horses as a kid and lived to tell about it, and then my husband and I got into horses in our early 40s. The only thing that saved us was we had enough money to waste on a lot of trainers!!...
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... But my purpose in writing was to tell you that your words wring true for all of us horse lovers. Thanks for taking the time to share, for your honesty and ability to write!! I'm passing your info along to several friends.

Anne W
Monroe, WI

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I've read most of the Equiknowledgy book and I am really enjoying it.  You write like you're having a conversation with me.  I appreciate your sense of humor and think it's a good way to take the sting out of the hard things you have to tell people.  Also the way you take the mickey out of certain well-known clinicians.  The best part so far?  I'd pick two bits I like a lot:  The Keys to Being a Good Horseman and Trainer (p. 114) because it's a heartfelt try on your part to do the impossible:  put what you've learned in a lifetime into a few words.  The other bit I like is "Your Final Exam".  Every question, funny or not, makes you think.  Which you have to do every minute around horses."  I recommend Equiknowlogy 101...  To everyone!

Guelph Ontario, Canada

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Hi Smokie,

The books and the DVD are great. We've had horses for 30 years and are finally starting to understand how they think and how to deal with them thanks to information like yours. I think the clinicians and trainers are getting better at communicating also. We found out about you through our friends Margaret and Rusty Hebel and your brother who worked with one of our first horses and through a google search for Round Penning DVDs. There aren't many out there and yours was the most reasonable price-wise. Our horses are trained but haven't been used much the last year and the round penning exercises has been an insurance policy against possible wrecks. Can't afford any wrecks now that we're past 60. 

Jon and Jean Gravning

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Smokie,  I just received your book today.  I started with the preface and got to page 13 before I realized that I was being chastised for not paying more attention to my girlfriend Saturday night!  I wake at 5:30 every AM so I can get on with my reading and laughing.  I really want to graduate!  Thanks and without even getting in depth to your new book, I have to ask WHEN IS THE NEXT ONE!

Jeff Foster.

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I'm proud to have your guidance and experience in my life right now, via your books!  OH and I love the way you write too!  I hear you speak the words as I'm reading the material is so down to earth!

Thanks Again Kind Sir!
Suzie Phillips.

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Dear Smokie,
Well, I’ve finished Equiknowlogy 101 and am really hopeful you’ll have a 201 continuing coursework book coming out soon! I learned a lot from your books so far – and had a couple good laughs too. I love the straight forward common sense approach that comes with encouragement  but without the all the fluff. Some of the questions in these online blogs…I know there are supposedly no dumb questions but perhaps there are a lot of inquisitive idiots?
My education continues at the Hilltop Ranch with riding lessons and helping with chores every chance I get. I feel like I learn something – even if it’s just a term or a little trick (like don’t hang the halter where it will interfere with sliding the door, hang it further down!) every time I’m there. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I read your Whisper This book and now Equiknowlogy instead of taking the advice I got to just go buy a horse and figure it afterward.   You’ve kept me out of a lot of trouble and probably some course work from Black and Blue U!
I still look forward to one day having a horse – but I’m the first to admit I need quite a bit more knowledge beforehand.

Hope you write a follow up soon!
Michelle Thornton

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