Could a horse trainer, born about 154 years ago, teach us anything new today? Would methods be old hat or would they be useful?
The answer is a resounding Yes!, they are enormously useful.
The horse training expert referred to is named Jesse Beery. Beery was a world famous horse trainer from late 1800's who possessed amazing ability with horses.
Fortunately, Beery's secrets remain after all these years. His information can be found in his book he wrote in late 1800's. However, very few copies of his book exist. It is virtually impossible to find an original - much less one that is readable.
Here is a partial reading from first chapter of Beery's book:
Fear is principal motive which causes colt to resist training. It is natural for him to kick against an unknown object at his heels, to pull his head out of halter as from a trap, and if of a bad disposition, to strike and bite if he does not thoroughly understand you.
His fear is governed by his sense of touch, sight and hearing; and it is through these senses we obtain a mastery, and at same time remove his fears of halter, robe, harness and wagon. These are fixed laws which govern actions of all horses, and training of a colt is merely teaching him not to fear working apparatus, but to respect his master, and to obey his commands as soon as he has learned their meaning.