Fred Bursey's experience with horses started at age eight, working in a commercial pony ring. From age nine until college he worked on a large ranch near San Angelo on the South Concho River. All during grade school and high school he worked in the stables located in Fort Worth's Trinity Park. While working at Beasley's Stable, the owner, Dock Beasley noticed Fred's particular interest in horses and horse training. Fred was fortunate to study under the watchful eye of this world famous trainer. He was also a showman and show ring judge of the five gated American Bred Saddle Horse and the Standard Bred three gated roadster. During all of his college and high school years, Fred broke and trained horses. Before he completed high school, he bought and paid for 176 acres of land. Fred has had constant and continuing association with horses most of his life. He has been a ranch owner and manager since 1938. Fred does not claim the methods discussed in this book to be the only methods, but after more than 70 years of experience, they have served him well. He believes the best training is accomplished with love, trust, equine psychology and dominance rather than fear, pain and punishment.
The chapters are short, to the point and easy to understand. They are written for the professional, as well as the new horse owner.