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SBS covers old and new

The unique and new revised editions of the Step By Step guide.

It’s been over a 12 months since I’ve added to my weblog.  In 2018 I celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the publication of my first guide “Clicker Coaching in your Horse”.  Each month I printed an article thanking immediately a few of the many individuals who’ve helped set up clicker coaching within the horse group.  My final submit was in October 2018.  Then my weblog went darkish.

November is my collapse-in-a-heap month.  All through the autumn my journey season competes with preparations for winter.  It’s at all times a race.  Usually we will anticipate the primary main snow storms round Thanksgiving, however there have been years once they have come sooner.  Deer fencing has to go up, the composter must be emptied, and so many different “should do” jobs must be completed earlier than the deep chilly descends.

By early November the race is winding down.  The chores have been ticked off the checklist one after the other.  The journey season is over, and I can permit myself a couple of inefficient days.  After which I  shift again into excessive gear to organize the entire convention displays for the next 12 months.  That was November 2018.

December 2018 marked the beginning of one other challenge.  I knew I wanted to organize my second guide, “The Click on That Teaches: A Step By Step Information in Photos” for an additional reprinting.  I used to be working low on books.  I figured by the top of 2019 I’d be out of the present version.

Step one was contacting the printer to learn how a lot of a challenge it was going to be to getting the guide prepared for an additional printing.  The reply was a significant one.  They’d lately carried out a significant replace on their laptop system, and so they might now not open my authentic file.

Aargh! Computer systems and their updates!

Right here’s what I wrote within the ahead to the brand new version of the Step-By-Step guide:

“Don’t take rating too quickly.  That’s what I stored telling myself.  It’s a sports activities metaphor.  Don’t surrender. Don’t depend somebody out earlier than the sport is over. In coaching it means regardless of the outcomes you’re getting proper now – good or unhealthy, desired or not – earlier than you both have fun or turn out to be discouraged, it’s worthwhile to wait to see what comes subsequent. It’s by no means over till it’s over.

I like metaphors. Once I prepare, they come out like rabbits out of a magician’s hat. (And there’s one, simply to show my level.) However at this second, I wasn’t referring to coaching. I used to be fascinated with the large stumbling block I had simply encountered.

I wanted to reprint the guide. I used to be virtually out of copies. However the authentic version might now not be accessed by the printer.

Don’t take rating too quickly. I stored repeating that as I searched by way of my stack of onerous exterior onerous drives for the one which contained the recordsdata for the guide. I hadn’t opened this specific onerous drive in a few years. It took me fairly some time to trace down an adapter that might let my new laptop talk with this older onerous drive.

I plugged it in, hoping towards hope that it might nonetheless work. The ability gentle went on. My laptop’s display stuffed up with the recordsdata from the onerous drive, and there it was: all of the recordsdata for the Step-By Step guide.  I clicked on the one which I had despatched off to the printer. My laptop couldn’t learn the file.

Don’t take rating too quickly.

I had every thing else, the textual content, the images, even the unique video from which I had created the images. I might rebuild the guide. As a substitute of the reprint being a small, simply carried out challenge, I used to be now a number of months of labor. Sigh.

So I set to work. And that’s after I found what a very good factor it was that I wanted to rebuild the guide. So long as I needed to redo each web page, I’d as effectively make a couple of updates.  These few updates rapidly become a whole rewriting of the textual content.

The unique Step-By-Step guide was written in 2003. this rewrite came about over the winter of 2018 to the summer season of 2019. Fifteen plus years of instructing means I’ve added a number of particulars to the coaching. I’ve modified the best way I discuss in regards to the work. I’ve added new metaphors, discovered higher methods to clarify the teachings.”

So right here I’m a 12 months later.  I haven’t written any blogs, however I’ve written what is basically a brand new guide.  It follows the identical format as the unique, however I’ve revised and added to each web page.

My few months of labor become a 12 months lengthy challenge.  As I write this, the brand new revised version continues to be on the printer.  Each step of this course of has taken longer than anticipated, together with this one.  I hoped to have the guide by mid-November however that hasn’t labored out.  It must be able to ship to me any day now.  After which I’ll have it to ship to all of you, hopefully in time for Christmas.

You may order it by way of my website online:

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