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Whole Heart, Whole Horse: Building Trust Between Horse and Rider | [Mark Rashid]

Whole Heart, Whole Horse: Building Trust Between Horse and Rider

Many horse trainers, even those who espouse the so-called natural horsemanship approach, take the position that horses who fail to obey a human's request are doing so as much out of perversity as ignorance. That's not Mark Rashid's view. In his words, "If we understand that horses can't separate the way they feel from the way they act, then we can start to see that unwanted behavior isn't bad behavior at all. More times than not, it's just the horse expressing the way he feels at that particular moment in time....
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AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator Mike Chamberlain's low-key and down-to-earth performance beautifully complements the friendly, helpful tone of this guide on how to build trusting relationships between riders and horses. This audiobook focuses on the idea that horses use their behavior to express their thoughts, and it explains how a rider can learn to read what horses are saying. Important topics such as turning rider/trainer mistakes into positive experiences and developing realistic boundaries are also covered. Listeners will feel as though they are being personally instructed by a dependable and patient trainer.

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Many horse trainers, even those who espouse the so-called natural horsemanship approach, take the position that horses who fail to obey a human's request are doing so as much out of perversity as ignorance. That's not Mark Rashid's view. In his words, "If we understand that horses can't separate the way they feel from the way they act, then we can start to see that unwanted behavior isn't bad behavior at all. More times than not, it's just the horse expressing the way he feels at that particular moment in time....

How we perceive that information dictates how we respond to it.

Whole Heart, Whole Horse focuses on this idea, covering such subjects as gathering information from the horse, turning rider/trainer mistakes into positive experiences, developing realistic boundaries between you and your horse, understanding how and why horses release energy from real or perceived traumas, and reaching a comfortable balance point between horse and rider. Rashid analyzes developing softness, consistency, dependability, trust, and peace of mind in both horses and humans, as well as how to become a leader whom your horse will willingly want to follow and work with. Full of examples that extend beyond the training pen, Whole Heart, Whole Horse offers good sense and information that will make you a more astute, capable, and sensitive horseman and person.

©2009 Mark Rashid (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 02-08-14
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    of the brutality of Anderson, the commercialization and fakeries of Parelli and Roberts, and the ever inflating ego of Hempfling (who used to be the absolute best horse trainer anywhere, and maybe still is, despite his growing pompousness in age), Mark Rashid comes like a breath of fresh air. A true natural-horseman who manages to transcend the snake-oil instant cure mentality seen in so many clinics and workshops, Rashid gives an holistic approach that can be--and must be--shaped to each individual horse by each individual human. Rashid understands the most important truth: horse time is timeless, and anything with a horse takes as long as it takes--with gentle but firm leadership, care and compassion, and a deep understanding of the horse. A book well worth your time!

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    Christine Durkin 08-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Best horse to human book ever!"
    What did you love best about Whole Heart, Whole Horse?

    I Having to rewind the clock to re-listen to all the great things Mark Rashid was saying. If you want to learn how to read horses this book is for you.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Whole Heart, Whole Horse?

    The first story about when a horse nudges u with her head.


    Which character – as performed by Mike Chamberlain – was your favorite?

    Mark.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me a better new horse owner.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned not to blame yourself for mistakes they are learning experiences.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana 12-27-13
    Diana 12-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable listening, good teaching stories"

    Trainers are Observers, who've observed enough to know where they can make a little change here, a little change there, and make an animal or human's life better.

    In this book Mark Rashid teaches through very good story telling. I learned new ways to look at my horses, hopefully to better understand them.

    This audiobook was reluctantly turned off when I had to, and I couldn't wait to get back to it. I finished it in one day. When it was done (all too quickly) I had a good feeling, like when you've had a great conversation with a friend.

    It is inspiring too. Mark Rashid tells his horse and human stories with a non-judgmental observer's eye, with an undertone of compassion at times, and sometimes humor. A few trainers have an undertone of disgust with people after years of trying to fix the damage done to horses by clueless humans. I didn't pick up a smidgen of this judgmental tone from Mark Rashid's book.

    The narration was done by Mike Chamberlain with a friendly voice and great timing.

    I highly recommend this book. Even for people who don't have horses, but who just enjoy a good book. But, for horse people, this one's a positive learning experience. And fun . . . and it will touch your heart . . . you'll see.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Margo Petersburg, TN, United States 06-23-13
    Margo Petersburg, TN, United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "What the horse has to say"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Whole Heart, Whole Horse to be better than the print version?

    It's about time somebody said what the horse needs, not jsut how to make them do what you want them to do. This is how to have a relationship with a horse, to understand why they need what they need and what they need on their side of the relationship. It's great.


    What other book might you compare Whole Heart, Whole Horse to and why?

    "Snowman" reminded me of this book. Horses will tell us what they need and who they are, if we stop, shut up, and listen to what they're saying, by what they do. They tell the truth and that catches a human off guard. They mean it when they say it. There needs to be more shut up and listen with horses, maybe then even people who don't want to ride a horse will want the amazing relationship they have to offer, even if you never get on their backs. There is nothing like a horse and what's more amazing is the gift of seeing what we could be, if we were more like them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Sometimes the best thing you can do for the mental stability of a horse is to let them run, not make them run, let them run. That horses are natural followers and will follow a leader, if they can trust their leader. Trust is the greatest gift a horse has to offer. Being trustworthy is the best gift we have to give back, and to learn we possess.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the black showed up.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura CANBY, OR, United States 01-29-14
    Laura CANBY, OR, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you listen to Whole Heart, Whole Horse again? Why?

    Yes. I learned something and felt something from every story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His accounts are based on common sense he brings a sense of calmness that you feel you can apply to your own life.


    Which character – as performed by Mike Chamberlain – was your favorite?

    hard to choose I felt like the child Mark and the old man were both exceptional


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes I did I laughed and cried thinking about horse abuse and their irresistible charm


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely read again and anything else Mark publishes

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Big John Montana 07-29-13
    Big John Montana 07-29-13 Member Since 2010
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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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Would definitely recommend!"
    What did you like most about Whole Heart, Whole Horse?

    As per some of Mark Rashid's other books, his wisdom, perspective and passion for his work with horses (and their humans!) shines through!
    The pace of this book was great, the stories were interesting and you can pick up lots of interesting wee snippets, although this isn't strictly a tuition book!


    What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

    The narration was well paced and Mike Chamberlain's voice was warm, expressive and accentuated every nuance of each story.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely recommended for horse lovers and those looking to learn about a more compassionate way with horses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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