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Publisher's Summary

Own an unruly horse? Thinking about purchasing a horse but don't exactly know what to expect once you do? Ever wondered what and how a horse thinks? Mark Rashid tells stories that provide horse owners and potential buyers with the best training solutions - straight from the horse's mouth. By considering the horse's point of view, he explores a variety of solutions to common training problem like head tossing, trailer loading, mounting problems, and more. After years of training and teaching, Rashid assures you that you don't need to sell that rebellious horse of yours, and there's no need to panic if you just bought a horse with a problem and don't know what to do. More likely than not, the answers are here for you.

©1993, 2010, 2014 Mark Rashid (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Great

This is primarily a book about techniques and problems regarding horse training. I am known as a horse nut. I have had horses all my life until recently and I grew up on a cattle/horse ranch. So needless to say I am very interested in the topic of the book.

Rashid discusses the most serious problems horses face that of the human attitude and temper. The author uses logical explanations and personal stories to explore and explain the root behavioral and training problems. The author tries to look at a situation from the viewpoint of the horse and proceed from there. Rashid attempts to explain why horses react in certain way and what you can do to counter it. The author adds a note of humor to his writing so it makes the book entertaining while the reader learns something. The book is well written. If you are a horse lover you will enjoy the book. Kevin Young does a good job narrating the book.

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Great stories and lessons

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and all of Mark's books. I have bought them all and will listen over and over.

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Great book. It improves the way I see horses

It was a great book, change the way I see horses. I really recommend it to go over and over the lessons again

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Horse stories jam-packed with training tips and

an understanding of horse behavior and needs.

Mark Rashid is a good writer and deftly shares numerous training methods and problem solving solutions within memorable stories. The stories make for a good teaching method, making the ideas easier to remember and apply.

The pdf file of illustrations that are in the written book is a generous addition to the audio book and I downloaded, opened, and enjoyed all the illustrations first before listening to the book. As he told the stories, the drawing that went with it was easily remembered.

The original chapters of the first edition of the book, written some years ago, were read, then followed with commentary by Mark Rashid as he reconsidered his original training ideas. Most of the time he simply added more that he had learned in the meantime, and a few times he had changed his mind about a method and explained why and what he now chose as a better method. We all change over time and I like the way he chose to edit this book.

I don't like sad stories, but although there are some moving memories shared, they are meaningful and precious and not heart-breaking. There are a few hilarious moments shared too.

More people seem to be getting aware of better ways to treat and be with animals and it is trainers who are in the best position to further this evolution. Well, the "good" trainers, at least.

Mark Rashid's books are a contribution to humanity's evolution and awareness.

Graceful narration. Well done all around.

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Very worthwhile

This was a very enjoyable and educational listen. The reader was very easy to listen to, and the content was very beneficial to me personally.

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AMAZING

Such an awesome story with an evolving nature and mentality as it pertains to working with horses.

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amazing book I will be reading again

Well written, very informative, got me right in the feels at the end. This is a book I will definitely be reading again.

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Amazing

This book made me laugh. It also made me cry. But most importantly, it gave me hope and inspiration and understanding. This book is a MUST read. The narrator captures the scenes very well.

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Loved it....

....just as much as his other books! Now I'm off to listen to more. Such a fantastic way of communicating with horses.

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An Amazing Amazing Amazing Book

Where does Considering the Horse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've read/listened to every Mark Rashid book on here and all I can say is, Mark.... write faster.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Considering the Horse?

Doc.... I went through that with Star, my old horse, but I had him put down, not shot. I did the same as Walter, feeding him, getting a Equine Dentist for him, anything I could think of. My Vet said I gave Star 5 years more than he ever thought I could and he was in great shape due to that, until his decline which took about a month. I had a hard time letting him go. But, I'll see him again when I get home and, we'll go for a ride.

What about Kevin Young’s performance did you like?

Kevin's read was as if he were Mark telling it, isn't that the best anyone can do. Kevin was invisible, which is how he should be. That is perfect to me.

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

I think I answered that already.

Any additional comments?

Mark Rashid.... write faster. I was so excited to see this released, finally I had something to listen to when I'm mowing, fixing fences or driving to town. Now.... I have to find something to listen to. I will listen to anything you want to write, about horses.

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  • Lara
  • 03-25-15

Another great book

Just another great book with so much learning and personable accessible information. My favourite part for me (though sad) was in the last chapter of how animals try to communicate with us. It would make relationships with our animals so much better as well as more productive if we would try to understand what they are trying to tell us a little more. I love Mark Rachid's writing style.

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  • Miss K. Hanson
  • 03-07-20

loved this

currently considering buying a horse so thought I'd give this a read. really loved the stories and found myself wanting to talk to mark. it had me in tears at the end as felt I also new the 'old man'
and loved his respect towards his horses. the narrator really suited the story. I will listen to further books by this author.

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  • Raisa
  • 02-26-19

Both practical and theoretical.

I loved this book it contains both practical and theoretical information. It has good, engaging stories that you can get information from. But it also gives you a ideology of horsemanship that’s well worth considering. I love the narration, it was straightforward but empathetic.

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  • Janny G
  • 05-28-18

Considering the horse

Love Mark Rashid, have listened to a number of his audio books whilst mucking out and it has really made me consider the horses point of view more. I am looking at what the horse may be asking of me and consider this before just pushing on with my own thing. how blessed we are to have the trust of such beautiful creatures.

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  • Jo Huggins
  • 03-14-18

loved it.

I found this very book thought provoking and engaging. I have learned a lot , I have smiled and been sad listening to some of the stories. A

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-20

Great stories!

A life journey with horses.Very easy to listen to. If you love horses you must listen!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-09-20

Another Mark Rashid Gem

I loved this book - although some descriptions of horses in trouble with bad owners were hard to listen to. Anyone having trouble with their horse with training or behavioural issues will find this book really thought- provoking. I was quite surprised at some of the ways he worked on specific problems and his whole approach to problemsolving shows so much respect for the horse - all very easy when things are going well but gee I was impressed with the respect he continued to show with horses who seemed mad, bad, stupid or all 3! Some wonderful lessons here ❤️

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  • Emma
  • 07-07-20

Profound and spellbinding

As a passionate horseperson, this book was instrumental in changing my view. Mark Rashid - he taught well.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us through beautifully crafted stories.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-19

Excellent horsemanship guidance

It was a great listen thanks to fun and colourful stories. This book tells about precious lessons that can only be learned through a lifetime of working and living with horses as a careful student. Methods which Mark has based on that experience and which are shared here create a trusting and fun relationship between man and horse. Thank you Mark and Walter.