News from the round pen… Fall round up

Hello Friends,

Well fall is just around the corner and it will soon be time to break out the winter jackets. Its been an up and down year here at the spread but as anyone into horses knows that’s par for the course.. As you know my new book Equiknowlogy 101… came out the 1st of July and the review from all books was very positive. But due to the fact that I do not garner the national attention that some writers enjoy, sales have been slow up to now. The Western Horseman declined to review my book siting some nonsensical excuse but more likely because they like most everyone in the horse business are more interested in what sells or is most popular at the time, not what folks need to hear or might like to read. Of course that’s just my opinion though and like the rest of the world everyone has one.. That aside, I am hopeful that some folks might like to pick it up and if it helps someone stay out of trouble and enjoy the equine experience a little bit more and a little safer, then it was worth the time to write it! Two weeks ago I lost my round pen, the roof on the house, some of my fences and a few tress to the tornado that rolled through our area. So I’ve been busy trying to get things back in order from that. But no one was hurt, the critters survived and some of my neighbors fared far worse so I consider myself lucky. Like I said its not always a piece of cake in the horse world or in life so buck up enjoy the good things you have and forget about the rest! If anyone is interested Google books has a look inside feature of Equiknowlogy 101… so you can take a look at some of the chapters there. Amazon will hopefully have it up as well shortly.  If you are on face book you can go to my horseman’s services page an watch a short clip of my colt starting video too. One high point last month is that my round pen video seems to have had a surge of interest.. I’m not sure why but if any of my friends out there have seen or know-of any reason why please drop me line. I always like to hear about how folks found it, buy it, like it or not, so I can improve on the next bit of drivel I put out to hopefully give you a little knowledge and enjoyment! For now that’s about the all the news from our neck of the woods. Drop in and say howdy once in while and let me know I’m not alone out here in web world!

Regards, Smokie

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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