Narrator Dan Lawson's tenor voice has a naturally affable quality, and his performance of Horses Never Lie expressively conveys the friendly wisdom behind renowned horse trainer Mark Rashid's methods and philosophy. Rashid's experiences with horses are narrated in a companionable manner, and his techniques in cultivating passive leadership with horses are easy to understand. Lawson does not overemphasize the audiobook's lessons, choosing to apply Rashid's maxim that the best way to guide is to let horses - or, in this case, listeners - figure things out on their own.
A revolutionary approach to the techniques of working with horses, by a renowned instructor.
In Horses Never Lie, renowned horse trainer Mark Rashid challenges the conventional wisdom of "alpha leadership" and teaches the listener to become a "passive leader" - a counterpart to the kind of horse other members of a herd choose to associate with and to follow. Applying Rashid’s principles and techniques helps cultivate horse personalities that are responsive and dependable regardless of the rider. Reliving Rashid’s experiences with him, you will come to feel the same sort of compassion and appreciation for your horses that you do for the people in your life. This new edition features added introductory notes for each chapter that contribute to a more complete understanding of Rashid’s methods and philosophy.
©1993, 2010 Mark Rashid (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I'll be listening to this again and again. I'm a dog lover and grew up with horses. horses have "prey minds" dogs have "hunter minds" but the relationship between people and their animals has a lot of similarities. Listening to this book brought back the best of my history with horses and from there the author added a lot to think about.
This book isn't a "how to" book, it's a parable, with lessons told in the form of stories.
I'll be buying more of this author's books. Any one who teaches any being, including self teaching -- will benefit from this book.
I've never written a review for Audible but felt I had to because I'm so disgusted with their choice of narrators for thus book. First off, I absolutely LOVE this book and this author. I'd never heard of Mark Rashid until purchasing this book and after only a couple chapters I liked his writing and his message so much that I immediately bought his other books. I'm a huge fan of Parelli but now I think I might like MR better. Everything he says about horses is spot on in my book, as well as what he says about most "professional trainers". I recently adopted a rescue horse that was starved and abused by her former owners and I think MR books will be invaluable in helping me with her.
But as to the narration, is is the most awful narration I've ever listened to in my life, and I listen to a lot of audiobooks. It sounds like the narrator is trying to be "over the top proper" but it comes off SOO irritating!! Every "a" and "the" and every other syllable is pronounced "perfectly" and he speaks SOOOO SLOOOWLY - which is enough to drive me batty! No one really talks like that! No one, and certainly not an old "cowboy" horse trainer, so it's even more ridiculous considering the book he's reading! And this guy obviously has never even been around horses because he REALLY butchers any horse- related vocabulary. If you're going to narrate a book you could at least become familiar with the subject matter and vocabulary!
In fact, it sounds like this guy isn't even really familiar with ENGLISH. It sounds like he studied English through a phonics program, but never actually listened to any real live Americans speaking it. As a result he comes off sounding more like a computer generated voice than a real person. It's so bad that I finally had to stop listening to the narration and just read the book myself. His narration was actually distracting me so much I couldn't pay attention to the book, and it's too good a book to miss. Adding narration to the book was a total waste of money, however. I will definitely be more careful in the future and review the narration before I buy it and I will NEVER buy a book narrated by this guy again! He needs to find a new career - one that doesn't involve speaking.
PS It's not that I have a problem with "proper English" at all - I'm usually a stickler for it, and my favorite narrators are British, who speak a lot more properly than most American narrators. But this guy is an American who seems to have no grasp of how his fellow Americans speak, and it comes off sounding ridiculous, condescending and annoying.
Get a different narrator - one who knows how real Americans actually speak. This one was the most ridiculous narrator I've ever heard!
Get a new narrator!
No! Because the narration was so terrible (Dan Lawson sounded like he had either just learned English or was speaking to Kindergarten children) that I had wished I had bought the book to read instead of listed to. It makes me leery of listening to other books by Mark Rashid even though the Narrators are different. The information contained in the book was good however.
Mark is such an amazing trainer. I was supposed to hear him speak in person awhile back and missed the opportunity. I was captivated from the very first chapter. The narration was excellent; clear and moving.
It has to be the Old Man. One-of-a-kind.
Everything! I'm on my third listen. He brought the words to life. His voice fit perfectly and his accents were great.
I was moved several times. It was amazing to learn how the Old Man would take a horse that everyone had given up on and through simple patience and understanding, allow the horse to blossom.
This book is a must for all horse lovers and trainers.
Several reviewers have derided the narrator but I have listened to all of Rashid's books along with almost 40 others books over the last two years and I enjoyed him. I had to keep reminding myself that he was not the author. He makes it feel personal, like he talking to me not reading a book.
I try to alternate listening to a history book, a self help book and a personal pleasure book. This series is all three. Above all, Rashid reminds me and reinforces just why I love horses. They bring grace, beauty, and companionship. Thru Rashid I have learned to listen to my horses more. I agree with him that they are trying to communicate with us. Owning a horse is a special duty. We expect things from the horse but we also own them a reciprocating duty. Whenever I have a horse "problem", I think, "what would Rashid do "?
Growing up I also had a very influential man in my life. He was my scoutmaster and in his later years we called him "The old man". Hence, I share Rashid's fond memories of that non-parental adult who helped us become who we are today.
Rashid brings me closer to my horses. He has made me a better horseman. But above all, he just makes me feel good about owning a horse. And he reminds me of the obligations I owe the horse. These gentle giants just warm our souls. I can think of no time when I am happier or more at peace than in my barn. The aroma is sweet to me. And I can picture Rashid standing along side me, his storytelling is this open and personal. I have recommended his books to my non-horse owning friends. It is just a good read.
Horses Never Lie is an incredible, and enlightening story read by Dan Lawson, a reader with the fluency of a first grader. It's obvious he has no prior knowledge of the subject, and so many common words are mispronounced, I wondered if the producer was even listening most of the time.
Someone who knows how to read
It's a fabulous story about gaining the trust and understanding of a horse
It is a testament to this author that I wanted to hear his valuable insights in spite of the horrible narration. Narrator must have thought he was reading to a small child (the worst narration of any audio book I have heard in the past 6 years). I still shudder when I think about it. My thanks to Mark Rashid, but please redo this wonderful book with a different narrator - it deserves better.
Nice Story with great examples.
The rabbits playing and expending their energy was a great example of why horses behave the way they do sometimes.
No. His voice was good when he was "the old man" but otherwise it was annoying at times. it was a little choppy.
Riding "with my horses" instead on "on my horse".
I grew up listening to Books on Tape, moved on to CD's and 30 years later I'm enjoying Audible.
Would I recommend this book..? sigh.. the book, yes; the audio book, absolutely not. Unfortunately Dan Lawson ruined Mark Rashid's efforts by reading text and not the book. He may as well have been reading the yellow pages. There was zero heart in his reading. No doubt each word was clearly spoken. but that was part of the problem.. he read each. individual. word. on. it's. own. no flow, no feeling. Such a shame. I noticed Mark had a new book coming out. and I honestly would not have purchased it if it was the same performer doing the reading. I had to listen to this book at 1 1/2 speed in order to make it bearable. My first review of this book wasn't posted. I feel so strongly about this that I am writing a second review. Do not buy this one without previewing the reader.. because it was not even remotely close to the job narrating Mike Chamberlain did with Marks previous books.
I'm a great fan of the short bits of information presented about the "Old Man."
I'll be nicer than I was on my first review of this book. The performance would have been better if the narrator made an effort to read the story with some emotion. It was a robotic reading. I don't know if the narrator or the producer was to blame. They should have noticed right away that there was a problem with this narration, and either re-recorded or coached Lawson on how to improve.
Yes, to make note to never purchase any book that is narrated by Dan Lawson.
Never again. It also has inspired me to take a very hard look at how I react to things.
If you like to read then I would recommend not buying this audio book and instead pick up the book and read it. Otherwise, brace yourself or get ready to give.. lower your expectations...I mean waaaaaay down then set your audio playback to a faster speed and go for it. This narration is not at all like his previous books. Just be prepared for that.
Mark Rashid's book is a series of horse training stories. Or, is that human training stories? Because, after all, many of the experiences he shares are really about changing the way people interact with their horses.
We could all go through life learning from our mistakes, or we can save a lot of time and learn from other people's mistakes as well. When I listen to the stories told by horse or dog trainers, and watch them help people change their own behavior in order to improve their relationship with their animals, I often see myself in the people behing helped. Thus, I have been able to make my own animals' lives better by learning from such stories.
Mark Rashid's stories help me and my horses, and the thread running through his stories is one of calm and perceptiveness.
Just a simple mention of a horse's need to decompress in new surroundings helped me out this week after I moved the round pen and a normally calm unflappable horse was not paying attention. I realized we weren't going to "learn" anything while the horse was busy adjusting to the new sights, so left her in the round pen to calm down and adjust, and we could do training stuff the next time, or the next after that if that's what she needed.
This book is inspirational and can be life changing. I like the way some stories were about paying attention to the horse's feelings and input. Especially the one about the horse Buck, who should have been paid attention to when they were looking for the lost gelding.
Because this is a 2nd Edition book, there are interesting notes and commentary made by Mark Rashid at the end of various chapters, as it is evident he is also growing, evolving and changing. He makes relevant comments about the chapter we just heard from his perspective looking back over time.
The narrator was pretty good, although he pronounced the words "longe" and "dressage" in interesting ways. Maybe they are pronounced that way in various regions. Or maybe he isn't a horse person.
I highly recommend Mark Rashid's books to horse people - and horses probably would too if they could talk out loud.
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