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Groundwork Book by Buck Brannaman

Rated 4.67 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings
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Written by Buck Brannaman, this is the first book in his long awaited book series. Groundwork takes you step-by-step, starting your colt from the ground. With Buck’s common sense advice and over 90 photographs illustrating his techniques, this is surely a primer for anyone interested in learning the fine art of groundwork. Some chapter titles include “Lass Rope Work,” “Changing Eyes,” “Roping a Hind Foot,” and “Horse Roping,” among others. This book can be referred to over and over, and can go anywhere with you. Keep a copy in your truck and also next to your bed.

(hardcover, photos, 91 pgs.)

Excerpt from the book:

Hooking on a colt is something that is useful to know for a variety of reasons: For catching, promoting good transitions, and for basic respect — for each other. To begin, concentrate on driving the horse around the round pen soft at all gaits. Simply adjust your position in relation to the horse to slow or speed up. While driving the horse you should start to notice him consider looking toward you, but watch that he doesn’t fool you and turn into the fence. For example, let’s consider that you’re moving right to left, he looks a little toward you, at that moment you should move left while backing. This will have you increasing the distance between you two, this is called drawing. Perhaps he will move off the fence and stop while he looks at you. Sit tight, don’t approach, let him soak.

If he doesn’t hook on like this, move back in behind him and help him travel onward. Watch closely for these opportunities to draw him again. Keep offering this friendship and he will eventually take you up on it. Help him to continue even if he doesn’t hook on and gently toss your halter at him while holding the end of the halter rope. Don’t think of pinning him on the fence as if to trap him, instead think of pulling him off the fence with an invisible rope, and to pull you must back up. Once he has turned in and hooked on — try to approach and pet him. If he can’t stay still just start over and hook him on again. Soon enough he’ll stay and when he does, pet him on the forehead. You can then send him the other way and hook him on from the other side. Once the horse has been hooking on for some time, try to step off to one side to give him the choice of leaving or rolling his hindquarters away, thus arranging himself to stay. You might have to slap your chaps with your coils to help the hindquarters step away. Don’t be alarmed if he leaves at first — just hook him on again.

12 reviews for Groundwork Book by Buck Brannaman

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Wonderful book that I used to get a good start on my adopted BLM Mustangs. The work is absolutely essential to create a happy and safe partner. They are both 19 now and stilll do this ground work as needed! :)

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    I bought this awesome book while attending a clinic in Montana. It has assisted me to continue to work with my horses and remember the words of this great horseman.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is a great book for all horseman to have on your shelf. Whether you are starting a horse or are looking to help build the trust in a already establish relationship, you can find a exercise in this book that will help. I find my self going back and referencing Buck’s words frequently.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    Short and to the point! Amazing how well these methods get ahold of a young horses mind, with this book, a little effort and common sense and it’s no time at all until your young horse is looking to you for answers! A must for every horseman.

  5. Rated 4 out of 5


    This is a good resources for fundamental groundwork exercises. As others have mentioned, it’s especially useful in combination with DVDs or before/after attending a live clinic though it would work as a standalone reference as well.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    A great book! I find it useful to take to the barn to check myself if/when I have a difficulty with and exercise!

  7. Rated 4 out of 5


    This book aged well. For certain types of learners, it may help to try and find videos of the exercises so you can see how they flow between the pictures presented herein, but this is a great resource to have in your pocket, especially once you have a loose idea of how a certain exercise is supposed to go.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nona Perez

    I love this little book – concise, to the point, with clear images of what he is doing. It is a great companion to his Groundwork video (which I had on VHS and finally replaced with the DVD).

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is the reference I always go back to when I have a problem. At first I found it difficult to comprehend but now many years, several clinics and several horses later it is an invaluable resource.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ethan Caltabiano

    Great book from Buck as usual
    I love his style of practicality but remaining sensitive to the horses needs in the meantime

  11. Rated 4 out of 5


    Good Reference book to refer back to, great for beginning your horsemanship journey with some of Buck’s other material to help understand his work.

  12. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sara Hunt

    A great way to supplement other Buck texts and videos. On it’s own it’s a little hard to take what he’s doing and put it into practice, but when combined with video context (I have the 7 Clinics series), it’s a great way to help solidify what you’re watching.

    I suspect the package with the Groundwork DVD is probably the golden ticket!

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