The reviews are coming in onEquiknowlogy 101…

Hello Folks,

Well my first review came in while I was in Montana so I thought I’d let ya take a look. For those of you that have a copy please let me know what you think of my latest bit of drivel! I invite you all to send me your comments here at news from the round pen. Just hit the comments button on this note. I hope you’re having a great summer and we will see you at the round pen! Smoke



Genre: Sturdy Guide/Nature

Title: Equiknowlogy 101


Author: Smokie Brannaman

A sometimes funny, sometimes irreverent Q&A book about training horses by learning what the animal has to teach the trainer. While there is no ‘one fits all’ method of training a horse, if the trainer approaches with an open mind and sensitivity toward animals, in this case horses, the horse can teach the trainer how the horse wishes training from the trainer.

When working with something as large and heavy as a horse, it might be a good thing to listen what to what the horse is willing to teach the trainer about the proper method for building a bond between horse and trainer. The tack used and method of training for a particular horse will need to be worked out between animal and human for there to be the proper level of trust built between the two. For training to commence and have a good outcome for both and so that riders will have a good horse for their riding pleasure.

While some of what is in the book may seem to be common sense, it is the horse’s common sense that trainers need to worry about, connect to, and let the horse tell the trainer what works best for each individual trainer.

This reviewer found Equiknowlogy 101 to be a fun and informative read. If the reader is looking for how to train their horse or looking for a trainer, Equiknowlogy 101 will give you some basic information on how to train, or what to look for. When training a horse, the trainer will learn many things from a horse, one being patience. If the person training does not have patience when they begin, they will by the time the horse if trained.

Equiknowlogy 101 is a recommended 4 out of 5 stars read for anyone thinking of acquiring a horse or becoming a horse trainer because they love being around horses and love riding horses.

Reviewer: Bob Medak, Allbooks Review

Available from publisher:,

Title: Equiknowlogy 101

Author: Smokie Brannaman

Publisher: Horseman’s Services Limited

 ISBN: 978-0-9791446-3-9
Pages: 150
Price: $16.95

July, 2010


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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