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A Good Horse Is Never a Bad Color: Tales of Training Through Communication and Trust - 2nd Edition, Revised & Updated | [Mark Rashid]

A Good Horse Is Never a Bad Color: Tales of Training Through Communication and Trust - 2nd Edition, Revised & Updated

In A Good Horse Is Never a Bad Color, Mark Rashid continues to share his talent for training horses through communication rather than force. Rashid uses humorous, feel-good stories to relate his techniques of teaching horses by examining their view of the world. This book is a must-have for compassionate horse trainers and owners. Tales of Arabs, appaloosas, and paints - mistrusted and mistreated because of their breed - will give listeners a new perspective on these breeds and others.
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Distinguished horse trainer Mark Rashid shares his philosophy that horse training should be rooted in compassion and communication. He empowers listeners with techniques to train horses that may have been previously mistreated or misunderstood, embedding the information in amusing stories. The message is clear: Force is never necessary in horse training. A change in perspective and approach may be all that’s needed to transform a problem animal’s attitude. Mike Chamberlain’s genial delivery captures the feel-good spirit of Rashid’s teachings, making it easy to digest the valuable information.

Publisher's Summary

Learn why your problem horse is not a lost cause with helpful tips from an internationally acclaimed trainer.

In A Good Horse Is Never a Bad Color, Mark Rashid continues to share his talent for training horses through communication rather than force. Rashid uses humorous, feel-good stories to relate his techniques of teaching horses by examining their view of the world. This book is a must-have for compassionate horse trainers and owners. Tales of Arabs, appaloosas, and paints - mistrusted and mistreated because of their breed - will give listeners a new perspective on these breeds and others. This new edition features added introductory notes for each chapter that contribute to a better understanding of Rashid’s philosophy and methods.

©2011 Mark Rashid (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Trish K. 06-29-15
    Trish K. 06-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic Book!"

    As far as horse books go this is now one if my favourites. Not your typical "how-to", the story captures your heart and pulls you in. The teachings contained within the story will stick with me forever. A huge thank you to Mark Rashid for sharing with us.

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    Mark 05-18-15
    Mark 05-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A great training leason"

    I really enjoyed the stories and probably learned more about training horses than with any previous books.

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    Melissa Hamilton New windsor NY 05-17-15
    Melissa Hamilton New windsor NY 05-17-15 Member Since 2015

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    "A true resource."

    This title and all of Mark's work has changed my entire thought process when dealing with my horse. I always felt the current training methods lacked and never felt right. Mark has answered my call.

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    Cindy Budler Johannesburg, South Africa 03-24-15
    Cindy Budler Johannesburg, South Africa 03-24-15
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    "a really good read that i will re'read many times"

    A really easy to understand way to work with our horses. I loved the practical examples and the pure love and understanding of the horse mindset that shines though

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    Amazon Customer 01-17-15
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    "Loved it"

    Love all of Mark's books. Listening to them while riding a newly broken in horse and the lessons have been invaluable. Loved the stories and the "the old man" and have listened to them all more than once.

    I must admit that I would judge a horse because of its breed - I won't anymore :)

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    George Eckert, Colorado, United States 12-31-14
    George Eckert, Colorado, United States 12-31-14
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    "Know Mark Rashid, Know Horses"

    Get to know your horse in getting to know Mark Rashid's books. I have one on whenever I'm in my truck.

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    Diana 01-08-14
    Diana 01-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Stories of very bad, good and funny horse training"

    The people who read these stories must at one point think to themselves that the people who *should* be reading these stories are the ones that won't. Some of the training methods that some trainers use on horses are horrific.

    I can only hope that by reading the stories of very bad training methods that I will catch myself if I ever lose patience, or consider using any type of bad "training" method that Mark Rashid witnessed and tells of in some of his stories.

    There's a saying that every choice creates a future, so having learned a few things from the stories in this book, I hope that I will make better choices when with my horses.

    The extra attention in this book telling more about "the old man" Walter Pruitt (sp?) was a bonus.

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    Travis Starbuck, WA, United States 04-28-13
    Travis Starbuck, WA, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "It's a book that you wish would never end.."
    If you could sum up A Good Horse Is Never a Bad Color in three words, what would they be?

    I wish the book would not end. The stories were so good and learned so much on how a horse look's at situation's.Enjoyed each story.How blessed Mark Rashid ,is too experience some one like the old man with so much wisdom with horse's.Thank you for sharimg he's knowledge and wisdom and life's lesson's with horse's


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    excellent.


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    SaveABunny Rabbit Rescue 03-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    What did you like best about A Good Horse Is Never a Bad Color? What did you like least?

    The best part of the book is the beautiful cover photo.I could only listen to small bits at a time. The book is written with incredibly tedious attention to minutae that has nothing to do the title of this book. Plus, the narrator is a "gee whiz" type with a grating voice overperforming a boring story. It will take 5 minutes to hear how "The Old Man" (you will learn to cringe when you get hearing this word over and over and over....lit a cigarette.If you are have a basic knowledge of how to be nice to a horse you are too advanced for this book. It is for someone who has no idea how to be with a horse.Additionally, the book contains several sections about how the author witnessed, but did nothing to help, cruelty to horses ---even 30 minutes of someone misriding a horse he knew. Unbearable

    And by the way, if you are expecting to learn something about horses with color, as indicated in the title, you'll be let down. I was hoping to learn more about the various breeds often considered "difficult."


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I would love to find a good book on horsemanship that is informative and educational.


    What didn’t you like about Mike Chamberlain’s performance?

    Grating, annoying nasal sound and too forced performance. It's as if the whole book is read as an exclamation point. The book is too wordy and includes way too much irrelevant random details. (is there an editor anywhere?)


    Did A Good Horse Is Never a Bad Color inspire you to do anything?

    Remember to thank my horse


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    Big John Montana 07-29-13
    Big John Montana 07-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining stories that teach horsemanship skill"

    This book is actually quite entertaining, but it's also ends up throwing in some stories that teach you why one horse or another was acting weird, gives you more ideas for when you have to deal with unusual behavior from your own horses.

    I'd recommend this book for any horse lover, although if you think you have to beat some horses to submission, and are dead-set in this ideal, you may not like this book.

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    "Another fantastic book from Mark Rashid"
    If you could sum up A Good Horse Is Never a Bad Color in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, wise, warm


    What other book might you compare A Good Horse Is Never a Bad Color to, and why?

    Horses Never Lie


    What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's performance was OK, and I definitely prefer him to some of the other narrators of Mark Rashids books, but he was a tiny bit stilted. It didn't detract from enjoying the book, or the quality of the content, however a more skilled narrator could have made this one of those magical audiobooks that you feel empty when they're over.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes absolutely! I do with all Mark Rashid's books. I always finish them within a day or two, and then immediately want to run out and spend time with horses!


    Any additional comments?

    With this book in particular, you hear a lot of stories about the Old Man who started off MR's own journey with horses. The author mentions the Old Man a few times, but always briefly, in his previous books, but you know that if he ever went into detail about the Old Man it could potentially be something really special, and this book lives up to all that promise and more. A really special and personal book from MR, it can't fail to touch you as well as teach you. I'll be listening to it again and again.

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