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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 unwante ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published May 1st 2009)
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Teisha
Nov 30, 2010 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 horse-habits...training, handling, attitudes, lon ...more
Suzanna
Apr 10, 2011 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.
C.J. Darlington
Oct 20, 2010 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.
Michelle
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Rlouiseg
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horses
This is an amazing book. I always cry when I read about The Black. It's so special and beautiful. You should definitely read it.
Ellen
Aug 01, 2010 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.
Stephani Hren
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ponies-nf
I sat down to read a couple of chapters of this before I went to bed and ended up plowing through the whole thing. Rashid never runs out of stories—and every one of them leaves me with another lesson (and sometimes a bit of a choked up feeling, too). I liked that this one focused on some of his clinic experiences. There was, of course, stories from his time with Walter Pruitt, too. I don't know what else to say about this book that I haven't said about Rashid already. He's a great horseman, but ...more
Q
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. Every story made me want to run out and spend time with the horses while also wanting it to keep going so I could continue reading. I miss it now that it's over, like I miss a novel full of beloved characters.
Stephanie
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mark's is an invaluable voice in this horsemanship journey. I am grateful to read his stories.
Ellen Broadhurst
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting stories, builds on his other books. I enjoy reading about how Rashid solves horse problems. Not a ton of new insights for me personally, but an engaging overall read.
Olivia
Oct 19, 2012 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.
Gael Stevens
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The man is a legend and a genius.
Amanda
Nov 28, 2012 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 cente ...more

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