This book is a classic. I found that it explained principles of training and horse behavior that modern “whisperers” and “round penners” have just begun to make popular.
The two previous reviews of this book contradicted each other – one says it is for Western rider, the other says it is geared toward English riders. I found it refreshing to see photos of English AND Western tack being used in the same book. Really, horses don’t know the difference anyway.
And that’s one thing I like about Hill’s training - she treats horses as horses, not favoring Western horses or English horses. Her training procedure is based on sensitivity and respect and is “a combination of the best aspects of Western and Dressage techniques”. I have found that if followed intelligently, her method will yield outstanding results whether starting a young horse or retraining an older horse, and no matter which style of riding the horse will be used for. I ride with Western tack myself but like to use a lot of dressage principles.
Hill is well known for writing that is easy to understand and accessible to beginners yet not condescending to experienced horsemen, and this book follows that tradition. Everyone will form their own training style by trial and error, by watching and reading other trainers and assimilating or modifying portions of those trainers’ methods. I have found that Making, Not Breaking can make the trials of training more productive and the errors less traumatic and easier to understand. I recommend this book to every person who rides or wants to ride a horse.