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Horse, Follow Closely: Native American Horsemanship

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  288 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
From the publishers of "Horse Illustrated" magazine comes a magnificent book which illustrates the traditional horse training methods of the author's Native American ancestors--America's first great horsemen. Stunning color photos and simple eloquence take readers back to the days when horse training was not merely about getting results but about creating a bond between ho ...more
Hardcover, 135 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Lumina Media (first published June 1998)
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Apr 20, 2009 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: native-american

Sick of boring old dressage? Overdone eventing? Wacky Western riding? In this stunningly beautiful volume, GaWaNi Pony Boy describes the roots of Native American riding. When Europeans arrived in the Americas, horses had disappeared long before. GaWaNi shows how the first Americans took to horses-- and created an awe inspiring bond and culture. I have not met GaWaNi, but I knew my husband
Adam Crown
Mar 07, 2016 Adam Crown rated it liked it
I had to get this book, because Pony Boy is, like me, part Indian. Nice photography and some good things in it. But I saw Pony Boy's demo at Cornell a while back, and was a little disappointed. It was basically round-penning -- something that's very stressful for the horse. Not my idea of how to start a relationship.
Mar 22, 2016 Sooz rated it it was amazing
I was kindly given this book as a gift -A much treasured one. Beautiful photos and written well.
Jan 16, 2016 SouthWestZippy rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Did not care for this book. Overdone with details and repetitive. Lots of pretty pictures.
Very good read, gorgeous photos. A basic overview of the "Native American" way, though a lot of it seems to be or rather should be, an obvious way to become a team with your horse. Of course, I saw obvious, since I basically grew up this way (it's much easier as a child to skip off and spend the day with a horse), but since horse people come across so many stories of problem horses, etc. I suppose it's not obvious. I did really like his chapter on learning how to fall off a horse safely. Very go ...more
Albertine Nannings
Jan 02, 2016 Albertine Nannings rated it liked it
The pictures are nice, but the man is one big joke.
Victoria Vane
Research reading for SILVER TONGUE
Lourdes Cambridge
Feb 02, 2016 Lourdes Cambridge rated it it was amazing
Kerstin Rachfahl
May 13, 2013 Kerstin Rachfahl rated it really liked it
I read the book and amazed about the Pictures and the message. As a owner of two Appaloosa this has Special meaning to me. I had although once the oppertunity to see GaWaNi Pony Boy by his work - so he knows what he does. But you can not learn this out of the book. It gives you insperation thats it. Because of this only 4 stars for this beautiful book. ...more
Amelia-roísín Seifert
*note* only reading this for research. The basic tennant of this is that people should develop a relationship with there horse. No kidding, as if no-ones thought of that before. Its a little dubious, and all the bareback 'indian riding' picture are very pretty but based on a totally romanticised idea about Indian horsemanship.
Jul 02, 2012 Denise rated it it was amazing
Loved this book and the pictures are breathtaking. There is relationship between a horse and a rider and you have to remember that you can be in charge but sometimes the horse doesn't listen! Traditional training methods and traditions of the Native Americans and the bonds that they created with their superior horses!
C.J. Darlington
A great introduction to natural horsemanship concepts. And the Native American insights give it a different perspective. If you're unfamiliar with natural horsemanship this book would be great. However, if you're familiar with the concepts already, then this might seem a little too general.
Aug 06, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
Gawani Pony Boy offers this beautiful book that is simple, straightforward and easy to understand and apply. The photography is lovely and moving. Check out his website at for more...
Aug 13, 2013 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, book, 2013, art
I bought this book for a friend and now that I have read it, I will give it to her. Horse training at it's best.
Paula Stogner
Mar 27, 2011 Paula Stogner rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! This man taught me so much about the dignity that is within all of us, even the animals.
Nov 07, 2010 Nicole rated it it was amazing
One of the BEST books I have ever read! Highly recommended for all horse lovers.
Apr 14, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Wonderful! I can't wait to try these out with Tessa :)
Visually beautiful and a delight to read.
Karla Delandsheer
Sep 12, 2013 Karla Delandsheer rated it really liked it
Stunning photographs! Good information too.
Sep 08, 2011 Tindle rated it liked it
I just looked at the pictures.
Terri Axtell
Jan 20, 2011 Terri Axtell rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and illustrated.
Feb 04, 2009 Jutta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ehrlich. mutig. fein.
Mar 03, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: equus
Just beautiful.
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