The Legendary California Hackamore & Stockhorse
“This Book is a must for every student of fine Horsemanship Written by Legendary American Horse Trainer Bobby Ingersoll, this beautifully presented book covers 140 pages, and describes in detail the Traditional Spanish System, the Californian Hackamore Method of finishing a Bridle Horse and the Horses & Individuals who have excelled in the Exciting Sport of Working Cow horse. Three Times World Champion NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, trainer of 22 AQHA Champions, NCHA Novice World Champion, NRCHA Hall of Fame Inductee plus the winner of hundreds of National & State Championships in a career spanning more than 40 years, Bobby has spent his life living the spirit of the west. He is one of the most respected horsemen in the World. No one else has done as much to keep the tradition of true horsemanship alive. Everyday he protects this Tradition by teaching young riders, training the horses and training the trainers. He performs at the highest level of horse showmanship. He judges horse shows and is respected by everyone….. Magazines, Newspapers, Breed Associations …. They all talk about Bobby……. He is a Living Legend.The February 2007 Edition of Western Horseman Had this to say about The Legendary California Hackamore & Stock Horse by Bobby Ingersoll………
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Horseman Bobby Ingersoll is in the National Reined Cowhorse Hall of Fame for obvious reasons – a multitude of winning efforts throughout a long career, including three NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity titles and a 1975 “Triple Crown” in which he won all three divisions in the event. However, his horse-training peers more likely appreciate that Ingersoll’s not just a competitor, but a hackamore reinsman of the old California tradition, capable of developing a young horse from the hackamore stage to the two-rein phase and ultimately into a “straight-up” bridle horse.
Few people nowdays have even a full understanding of the process, let alone years of actual experience riding many horses through it, as Ingersoll has. It’s to his credit he’s willing to share his hard won knowledge of making a bridle horse, better yet, to chronicle the process for future generations in The Legendary California Hackamore & Stock Horse.
Ingersoll begins with a brief history of the hackamore training system integral to the old-time vaquero method for developing a finished horse, then provides a wealth of information about the requisite equipment used in the lenghy process. In the book’s third and largest section, readers are privy to Ingersoll’s training insights, particularly as they apply to molding a cowhorse prospect into a willing partner. In the final chapters, Ingersoll honours the horsemen and -women who, through the years, have valued the California bridle-horse tradition — “True Trailblazers”, “Darn Good Cowboys” and top contemporary horsemen.
The Legendary California Hackamore & Stock Horse is a rare treat in more ways than one. Not only does a master horseman share time-tested training techniques, they’re aptly illustrated by Jim Paul. With Western Photographer David Stoecklein as creative director, there’s no doubt the photographs are first rate and he’s included a number of vintage shots that are well worth a second look.
Cowboys & Indians in their March 2007 Edition reviewed The Legendary California Hackamore & Stock Horse.
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LEGENDARY HORSE Legendary vaquero & writer Arnold Rojas wrote of the cow horse, “If a horse had a good mouth, a vaquero did not care what colour it was or if it only had three legs” A good mouth was the vaquero’s pride.” That good horse’s mouth guided by the good hands of a time tested horseman, would eventually carry the spade bit. To learn this skill, a horse must work well in the hackamore —- a system of training used throughout the Southwest extensively from 1785 until 1915. This method became an artform, an art form that required an investment of time & patience.
Renowned horse trainer and NRCHA Hall of Fame member Bobby Ingersoll’s new book, The Legendary California Hackamore & Stock Horse, gives us a look into the history of the California Stock Horse and Hackamore style training. This patient way of working with horses has given Ingersoll, a time tested horseman himself, wins in hackamore classes for almost 40 years. In this informative over sized volume — gorgeously photographed and produced by David Stoecklein — Ingersoll takes us into the old world of the hackamore complete with horse training tips and advice, numerous drawings and diagrams, and images of many great horseman and their famous hackamore horses. This book is a must for every student of fine horsemanship.