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Whole Heart, Whole Horse: Developing Consistency, Dependability, Trust, and Peace of Mind Between Horse and Rider

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published May 1st 2009)
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Dec 03, 2010 Teisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I loved about this book was the way it addressed the "intangibles" of the horse world... balance, softness vs. lightness, peace,trust, joy etc. It is not written in a "wow-factor" kind of way, it is very simple in its story telling, and beautiful because of it. The author was able to put words to feelings I have with/about my horses that I wasn't able to do myself. I definitely recommend it to any horse lover/owner. It makes you examine your, handling, attitudes, ...more
Apr 10, 2011 Suzanna rated it really liked it
I have read enough from this author that I didn't get as much from this book as the others. That is more because if you understand the concepts from his previous books, this book is revisiting them and will serve as a good reminder and help one to fine tune those ideas. A worthwhile read for anyone who wants to improve their horsemanship and relationship with horses.
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Jan 27, 2015 C.J. Darlington rated it it was amazing
I love Mark Rashid's books, and this one is one of his best (right alongside Horses Never Lie). If I only get one thing out of a book I can apply to my riding, I consider it valuable, but this one not only has that one thing (and more), it also shows me how I can be that horseperson I want to be---calm, cool, a leader but not a bully.
Oct 20, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it
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Mark Rashid has sort of an unhurried story telling style, but it sort of gets his point across about quietness and calmness in a demonstrative fashion. I like his ideas about horse training. They are very gentle and respectful
Aug 01, 2010 Ellen rated it it was amazing
A master with horses and with people. Not a how to book but an exploration of human/equine life. Very highly recommended.
Oct 19, 2012 Olivia rated it it was amazing
I got this book from the library I don't know how many times and started reading it. I never finished it though, this last time I tried reading it again it just clicked and I 'got it.' It made sense! It has changed the whole way that I ride and train and even think about my horses. I deffinitely recommend this to anyone who is really wanting to get the most potential out of their horse.
Oct 03, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I really whipped through this one. Rashid's style of writing is very easy to follow and is extremely conducive to absorbing the lessons behind each chapter or anecdote.
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Mark Rashid (pronounced RASH-id) is an internationally acclaimed horse trainer known for his ability to understand the horse’s point of view and solve difficult problems with communication rather than force. He began working with horses at age ten, when he met the “old man,” who taught him to work with horses, not against them, and to listen to what the horse is trying to say. Mark’s clinics ...more
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