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Horse, Follow Closely: Native American Horsemanship

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Horse and rider are one. Theirs is a relationship of trust, harmony, and respect born of a way of life that is all but lost. One man puts it within our grasp again. In this book, GaWaNi Pony Boy illustrates the traditional training methods - methods that are steeped in common sense and age-old wisdom - of his ancestors, America's first great horsemen. The full-color photog ...more
Hardcover, 135 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by BowTie Press (first published June 1998)
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Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some hobby reading, re-read but I still like it!
Apr 20, 2009 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
Susan E. Marshall
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A spiritual adventure that saturates the soul.
Paula Lambert
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really lovely book. Will admit to only skimming the text past the first chapter as the book was not in my possession long and had to be passed on. I was so glad to have come across it, though! I am not a horse owner or trainer so cannot speak to the training methods, though they seem incredibly sensible and intuitive, lovely and gentle and respectful. Writer/trainer GaWanNi Pony Boy and photographer Gabrielle Boiselle make for a lovely team, bringing together a truly beautiful book that will app ...more
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
Kerstin Rachfahl
May 13, 2013 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
Jul 02, 2012 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!
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.
Adam Crown
Mar 07, 2016 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.
Aug 06, 2011 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...
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.
Paula Stogner
Mar 27, 2011 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.
Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One of the BEST books I have ever read! Highly recommended for all horse lovers.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, art, book, non-fiction
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.
Aug 30, 2011 rated it liked it
I just looked at the pictures.
Karla Delandsheer
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Stunning photographs! Good information too.
Visually beautiful and a delight to read.
Victoria Vane
Research reading for SILVER TONGUE
Albertine Nannings
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
The pictures are nice, but the man is one big joke.
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful! I can't wait to try these out with Tessa :)
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: equus
Just beautiful.
Lourdes Cambridge
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Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was kindly given this book as a gift -A much treasured one. Beautiful photos and written well.
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