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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
When the black showed up.
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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