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The popular and highly respected horse trainer Mark Rashid brings together Western and Eastern philosophies to demonstrate a seamless new incarnation of horse training. After years of helping "difficult" horses, Mark Rashid understands how to build the foundation of a horse's training and resolve any problems encountered along the way. He explains how he allows the traditionally firm or assertive approach of the old Western style to take some lessons from the softer conflict resolution and ego reduction approach that the Japanese martial art of aikido teaches. Rashid's ultimate goal is harmony between horse and rider.

©2011 Mark Rashid (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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STRONGLY dislike narrator's voice

Mike Chamberlain or Kevin Young please. This narrator didn't make the story at all exciting. in fact. it was excruciating to listen to. His voice is impossible to get used to. It's more for a movie trailer for a sinister movie or something dark. I wish Mike Chamberlain or Kevin Young would read it! It ruined the story for me.

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Narration did not do this book justice

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator threw in inappropriate pauses and seemed to be trying to enunciate so well that the sentences did not sound like a real person would speak.

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Liked the information given by Mark Rashid but found listening to this book painful.

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Different then other a Mark Rashid books

Very different from the first three Mark Rashid books I read. This was interesting, but I was more anxious to get through it so I could move on to the next book than really wanting to finish it. Very true to description, lots and lots about the Akita(?). No mention of the old man or the lessons he learned from him.

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Nature in Horsemanship

Loved it so much that I'm disappointed that it was done. such a great perspective and such a blessing that Mark Rashid shared his treasured experience once again. At least should be read by every person who owns or loves a horse.

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Robot Reader?

I love all of Mark Rashid's books, and that is the only reason I finished this book. The reader sounds like a robot that can read words, but not sentences. He randomly just stops in the middle of a sentence, as if there were a period there. It's not only annoying, if often changes the meaning of sentences, requiring a back up to get the true meaning.

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I tried

Over the last 13 years I have read and/or listened to a few dozen books on a variety of disciplines, traditional and non traditional, both instructional and philosophical. My objective being only to understand the authors message while being as open minded as possible and then selectively apply what I learned from each while remaining within my comfort zone. As a result I have an eclectic cache of techniques I have found that work well for my horses and our partnership.

The fact that Mark doesn’t recognize that natural horsemanship is a principle in which he himself follows while citing scenarios of ill applied techniques taught by different practitioners caused me to lose confidence in Mark early on in the book. But I tried to disregard my assessment and, like all books I’ve read or listened to, find something useful.

But Mark then used a scenario where fear was involved and where any sensible person utilizing “natural” principles would apply desensitizing techniques to criticize a one rein stop technique taught by other practitioners for a different a purpose than desensitizing which only affirmed to me that Mark doesn’t seem to have the objectivity to understand other practitioners and the very principles he practices further crippling my confidence.

This combined with one story after another describing how he creatively works with the horses nature to communicate and resolve problems... practicing the very thing he can’t help but criticize... natural horsemanship as I understand it, caused me to grow bored of trying to get something useful from his book.

For me, The principles that Mark seems to describe and follow as assessed from his stream of example situations is no different than any other natural horsemanship practitioner. The difference only being that Mark seems to develop his techniques on the fly and situationally where other practitioners he criticizes offer a standard set of techniques to be applied for particular situations.

Admittedly, I did not complete listening to this book prior to writing this review, perhaps I’ll find myself bored enough to let it play out at a later date? But I do appreciate the message I received thus far in that Mark affirms that studying and understanding the horse, viewing the situation from the horses perspective, understanding ourselves and our goals and our approach while using creative critical thinking to communicate with the horse in a fashion the horse understands can build confidence in both horse and human lending to a satisfying partnership. The principle behind natural horsemanship, as I understand it, and of which I am familiar enough that listening to more stories and examples of practicing said principles did not offer anything new. And why I shelved the book midway.

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A book every horse person should read.

This book was wonderful and I absolutely loved it. So much so, that I know I'll be revisiting it often. Author explainins many different training possibilities with horses and horsemanship. There is no, one size fits all when it comes to horse training (or life)and Mark Rashid gives great examples of how to ebb and flow and reach harmony with horses. a great read that I urge every single horse owner/trainer to explore. the reader of the book speaks a bit slowly but that issue was easily resolved by speeding up the book at the top.

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Mark's best yet

I loved this book. He is discovering the essence of true harmony and unity in horsemanship and shares it with us

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Excellent work. Just what I needed!

Learned so much about horses and about martial art concepts that I was not aware of. I felt joy, sadness, love, suffering, confusion and triumph .... empathically, right along with Mark Rashid and his equine friends and teachers... it was an enlightening journey, indeed!
The only thing that disappointed me in the story, is that he allowed himself to be thrown mercilessly onto the floor repeatedly for hours by an ignorant, unfeeling and inconsiderate partner in class. Yes, imho, he definitely deserved his Nidan promotion for enduring that!
Yet..... Just as with horses, it is still my feeling that NO person deserves to be abused in the name of "education".
Thank you for the Lesson, Sir.
A. Lalieu
5th Dan, Dojang owner, 29 years of training in Soo Bahk Do.

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  • Nienke Lucas
  • 11-23-15

All horse folk should listen to this one

beautifully read and a truly wonderful work. Many "Aha!" moments and much common sense. I like how Mark Rashid thinks and I think all of our horses could benefit if we all pondered Nature and their world from time to time, rather than just assuming ours is the only way. Loved listening and learning. Highly recommended!

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  • Nicola
  • 05-30-18

one of my favourites.

one of my favorites. read Mark's books at another time further down the line after working more with your horse, and you will be able to gain more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-20-18

Inspirational, Exciting, Uplifting

I hung off every word and felt the excitement build inside while looking forward to the next opportunity to spend time with my horse. Mark has a unique view and lovely way of explaining his thoughts and experiences. Such a pleasure to listen to..