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For equestrians, horse trainers, and animal lovers, Basic Training for a Safe Trail Horse is a comprehensive, in-depth look at logical and humane training tips for optimal trail riding. Martha Leynes-Selbert, published writer and horse training specialist, has written a superb user's guide that gives trainers, riders and owners a distinctive way to establish a quiet and successful relationship with a horse. Leynes-Selbert's approach to a gentle way of training is explained in detail along with photographs that give the reader step-by-step instruction. Through her relationship with horse trainer, Patricia Allard, Leynes-Selbert's proven methods include relating to the horse as an "alpha mare" instead of a predator. She takes all aspects of fear-based training out of the equation and highlights the intelligence of this regal animal. Her methods include a more compassionate approach-how horses can actually respond to the rider or trainer through words and patient attention. Martha Leynes-Selbert lives with her husband, three dogs, three cats and three horses in the rolling hills of Virginia's countryside near Richmond. She has spent twenty years riding trails and has published articles about her adventures and about other horse owners in a local newspaper. A strong advocate for the humane treatment of animals, she continues to apply her knowledge to training and teaching others. Basic Training for a Safe Trail Horse is her first book.