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The qualities needed to be good with horses are the same ones needed to be good at life, argues renowned horseman Mark Rashid in Horsemanship Through Life In clear, smooth tones, performer Mike Chamberlain shares Rashid's stories about the virtues of patience, flexibility, dependability, and assertiveness both on and off the saddle. Rashid has decades of practical wisdom to share, and he enriches his horsemanship skills with lesson learns practicing martial arts. Equestrians looking to improve their riding, deepen their relationship with horses, and grow as human beings are sure to appreciate this audiobook.

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More than just techniques for horseriding these are principles for a more fulfilling life.

Here is a compelling meditation from renowned horseman Mark Rashid on all the ways that the principles we apply in our dealings with fellow humans can apply to our relationships with our horses, and vice versa. Horsemanship Through Life is about awareness, learning, teaching, honesty, integrity, and much more. It is about more than tips or technique; it is about principles to live by. It is about taking ownership of and responsibility for our lives and relationships with horses and humans. It doesn t take long to listen to, but will be with you for life. Experience the profound lessons of this nourishing book.

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

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Amazing book

Excellent blend of storytelling, life coaching and hands-on advise for improving the relationship between horse and rider. I enjoyed it from start to finish.













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  • George
  • Eckert, Colorado, United States
  • 03-17-15

Mark Rashid Helps You Understand Yourself

To understand your horse Mark Rashid helps you understand yourself first and then gives you insights into the heart and mind of horses.

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I Read This Book On The Heels...

of Mark Rashid's Whole Heart, Whole Horse, a stunningly impressive and even poetic book about horsemanship--and how it enriches living. Often, one will read such an inspirational book and go immediately to another work by the same author and be disappointed, finding him to be a one-hit wonder. This was not the case here. If anything, Horsemanship Through Life is an even deeper and more enjoyable work. Rashid not only gets to the very heart of horsemanship and everything I have always believed and practiced in working with my own horse, Sassy, he is a very skilled and patient storyteller in the balance. I cannot wait to get to more of Mark's books and read even more of the horsemanship and philosophy of a kindred spirit.

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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 01-18-14

Injuries, growth, centered energy, respect..HORSES

This book offers a growth experience as Mark Rashid reflects on some of his stumbles and face plants along his journey and how they were a result of going along in his journey instead of traveling. Or, in horse terms, just sitting on a horse versus riding it.

The stories he tells, at first seem to be disparate, unconnected, but by the time you reach the end of the book, and look back, you see how it is all connected. Yesterday I heard the portion where he was describing how the human body has more balance and energetic communication with the horse at a point slightly below the belly button.

Today, searching for youtube videos with Mark Rashid, I stumbled on one where he was giving a talk at what appeared to be one of the Equine Affair type of venues, and he was giving a demonstration of how you put your energy in that spot and showing how much it improved the power with very little effort, and he showed that a muscle has straight strength but how the centered focus of energy had a circular power. And, the various demonstrations done with volunteers from the audience were amazing.

I checked out his website to see what videos he had and hope to buy some in the future with the training methods. I hope some of this centered energy information is in some videos too. Doing it along with the youtube video and with what I heard on this book yesterday, it was an amazing feeling and one I hope to incorporate with horses.

Told with his usual gentle and humble humor, the stories are excellent and, of course, life enhancing.

The old man and Buck are spoken of again, and their portions are much appreciated.

By the time you reach the end of the book, and turn the ideas thread throughout around and consider them, you will find that you've been given some tools to travel through life, and not just go along through life. Or, to ride with and not just sit on the horse.

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Many lessons to learn

A wonderful book with many life lessons. Worth listening to over and over. Thanks

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Very moving book

Mark Rashid speaks a lot about his experiences with Aikido in this book. He has a lot of good points. If we aren't usually patient, kind and understanding throughout our regular days, why would we expect to be this way when we go out to work with out horses? Very good book. Made me laugh and shead some tears in the end.

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Finding balance and peace

Nice, easy read. Very inspiring, encourages to find a common language with the horse, stresses the importance of being patient, systematic and open minded.
The author lays emphasis on understanding the horse, considering his behaviour and adjusting the training accordingly, rather than forcing behaviours and punishing. Mark makes a connection between martial arts and horsemanship and points out how important it is to always be mindful around horses. He shows that by open and peaceful mind and respect for this beautiful craft we can achieve outstanding results and live in a harmony with the horse

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Great Book

Very good book with lessons to be learned by both horse people and non. Circles.

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Excellent read for any level rider or even non rider!

This book is such an eye opener for life. The integrity he holds for Horses, his work, and every aspect of life is expressed throughout his book and his life experiences. I have read two of his books and hope to read them again after I read all of his once.

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Excellent book and good narration

The narrator did a great job so it was easy listening. Mark has a unique perspective on horses and has changed my thinking about the relationship with my horse and also my thinking about LIFE and how to always "do good work". I am thinking about looking into Aikido.

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  • Debbie
  • 04-29-16

Another fantastic book by Mark

so many wise words and great stories and examples. Mark is the one horseman that has totally changed my view point on horses by his writing alone. All his books have now become my bible.

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  • 06-06-17

Brilliant and enlightening book

Loved it :) I particularly enjoyed the story of Buck and the gate. Loved the Aikido too.

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  • Lynn Turton
  • 08-23-17

As always brilliant

Mark Rashid is so inspirational though at times although he's made me take a long hard look at myself I almost think I shouldn't work my horses as I am so insensitive. I have become addicted to him.

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  • Nicola
  • 08-21-17

Invaluable.

I'm in my second year since my first 'natural horsemanship' clinic. There are many challenges with mind and horse as I attempt to learn and hone skills. This book has put my mind a much better direction.