The following ad, written in 1952 by Randy Steffen, is as true today as it was then:
For the first time, the secrets of the California hackamore men are made public! FOR THE FIRST TIME the knowledge of this almost vanished art is made available to EVERY horseman! Heretofore jealously guarded as a trade secret of a handful of skilled descendants of the old California vaqueros. Ed Connell, author of HACKAMORE REINSMAN, and one of the most skilled of hackamore experts, hands the horse world its rarest gift in history. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME the complete hackamore training method has been set down in writing. A momentous PUBLICATION!
HACKAMORE REINSMAN is a valuable reference manual for the professional horse trainer as well as the amateur. Complete coverage of handling the reins ... both snaffle bit and hackamore methods; the turn on the hind feet; the set and turn; the sliding stop; starting the colt on cattle; the spin; foot position; riding a balance; correcting bad habits; keeping the horse light; and every other phase of making the finished, flashy-reined cow horse. Profusely illustrated with more than fifty accurate line drawings by Randy Steffen. This is a book no horseman can afford to be without!
Author: Ed Connell
Illustrator: Randy Steffen
Publisher: Lennoche Publishers