A letter from a friend…

Hello All,

Here is a letter I received from Steve DePriest in Colorado. It is interesting in the fact that it truly typifies why I wrote “Whisper This…” and my hope to help people become more educated and safer horse enthusieist.  Here ya go!

Dear Smokie,

You don’t know me but I feel like I know you. I’ve  just got finished with your book and enjoyed it VERY much. I’ve also read your brothers books and took some of his clinics over the years. I am the quiet fellow in Bucks’ book “Believe”, pages 11-12.

I  owe you many thanks for your book, especially pages 6-10. I got crushed by one of those colts who had the misfortune to have a dingbat mother and a rattlesnake daddy. I was foolish and believed that there was no such thing as a bad horse. Whoops! Thank you so much for explaining it to me in plain english. Thank you, Thank you, etc,etc,etc! I hope you have another book in you. I am waitiing for your next one with bated breath. Or worms on my tongue!

Thanks again,

Steve DePriest

About Smokie

Smokie Brannaman grew up on a 5000-acre horse and cattle ranch in Southwestern Montana. Working with horses, cattle and rodeoing as a professional trick roper was his way of life as a youngster. Upon graduating from high school, Smokie chose to serve his country in the United State Coast Guard. Although his military duties did not always allow much time to spend with his horses, he never the less, rode and trained horses of his own and others throughout his military career. Smokie retired in 2000 from the Coast Guard and worked as a Corporate Operations Manager for a security company. But he soon realized that his true enjoyment came from being around horses, training, riding and helping others with their horses. After working for 2 years as a stable manager for a large boarding stable, Smokie hired on at Ots Sunrise Farm to work with the young horses halter breaking, ground work and starting horses under saddle to progress to more advanced training. Smokie started his own business, Horseman’s Services Limited, llc in 2006 and now works full time as an educator of the horse and rider. Smokie utilizes the training methods of his brother Buck Brannaman, Jeff Griffith, and others, as well as his own techniques learned during a lifetime of working with horses. Smokie is a published author of two books about horses and their riders, Whisper This… Not to your horse, to yourself, and his newest book Equiknowlogy 101… and numerous horse training DVDs. Smokie lives in Greenleaf Wisconsin with his sweetie Vickie, and has three grown children, Kat, Travis and Jason. He raises and trains registered quarter horses of his own, which he uses as, Cavalry horses for his hobby, Civil War reenacting, and performing in Wild West Shows throughout the Midwest.
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