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Horses Never Lie: The Heart of Passive Leadership

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  992 ratings  ·  60 reviews
In his third book, Horses Never Lie, Mark Rashid breaks new ground with the idea that you don't have to be dominant to be a leader to your horse. He challenges the longstanding belief that an owner must be the alpha leader to work effectively with horses. Building on the primary concept of his previous books -- looking at the world from the horse's point of view -- Mark Ra ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Spring Creek Press
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Sarah
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve never had a quiet mind. Since the day I was born, my brain has been over-analyzing, over-thinking, over-stimulated, over-worked (mostly as a consequence of my own silly choices). And in that constant racing, it’s been easy to forget the importance of being still.

I find that I need books like this (and folks like Mark Rashid) to remind me to hush occasionally, and to simply be present in the moment. This is an especially important reminder when working with horses; often the quieter you are,
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Shaun
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anything written by Mark Rashid was recommended by the author of a book I recently read and quite enjoyed, so I ordered this particular book from Amazon.

Mr. Rashid is a renowned horse trainer who has years of experience working with both horses and people. He also just happens to be a very talented writer.

In a nutshell, the author makes a case for passive leadership, a phrase he has coined, and one which involves leadership that is less about control, power, and domination and more about buildin
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Pete
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horse
Horses Never Lie is a great book by Mark Rashid. Of late, I have been pulling books from my horse book case to read and review. I like the way Mark compares alpha and passive leaders in horses comparing to the way humans categorize behavior to the way we think.

If you raise horses from birth in a comfortable environment, it really works like raising children. Owner’s behavior in dealing with a horse to keep the trust does not always have to show who is dominant, but who is friend.

When I was an e
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Rlouiseg
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horses
This book is amazing! It sheds light on how horses think; how different things make them feel; herd behavior and gentle training. Mostly it shows how to have a beautiful relationship with any horse without you inflicting anything on them. It never puts any other trainer down. On the contrary it encourages the reader in building a quiet trustworthy character for a stronger relationship with horses and other people too. Mark has a nice writing style which is easy to read. He shares a lot of experi ...more
Leonie
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dieses Buch hat sich mal wieder so angefühlt, als ob man mit einem Bekannten ein nettes Gespräch über Pferde hat, nebenbei erfährt man etwas von seinem Leben und die Pferde und Probleme die ihm im laufe der Jahre begegnet sind. Eine sehr angenehme Erfahrung wie ich finde.
Jesse Freedom
This book was probably the best horse training book I've read. It doesn't just say to train a horse with trust and not dominance, like some books, but it actually teaches how to do that.
Safiya
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education, psychology
This book ranks among those that change my life and the way I approach people, problem and my relationship with my children - so to say that it is an important book is an understatement. I'm not sure it would be of interest or use to those who've never approached a horse and have no interest in them whatsoever, but I believe it would strike a cord in most of us who are moved by stories of men and women whose main concern is the welfare, happiness and growth of those around them, whether humans o ...more
Carol
Jul 18, 2010 rated it liked it
I read this book in one day. It is interesting and the author has a great way of telling his stories. I would have liked just a bit more practical advice but I guess there are an overabundance of how-to books. As much as I love horses and working with them, there were a few times that I had to say, "really?"...
Pam Moore
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got my first horse 1 year ago without any knowledge about horses or training or anything about them. it was just destiny and I love it!. (I was looking for a dog and got a huge 1200 pound horse). So learning about everything I can from horsemanship, videos, classes, etc but lately I noticed that after some many clinics my point of view are changing to be more focus in techniques and inside of me my voice say... I do not feel it right. the expression of my horse when we do these techniques is n ...more
Simone
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Mark Rashid, showing a different way to handle horses than demanding their respect and being the "alpha leader". I always enjoy reading about different approaches to horsemanship, and this book contained a lot of good ideas that I will try and implement. Especially the last chapter about mechanics vs. feel really hit home for me.
Rey
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, equestrian
Really an excellent introduction to horses, a topic I currently know very little about. I admire the fact that he urges people to consider the horses viewpoint in any situation. Seems like something we should obviously do. I'm going to try to remember this as I continue to take lessons.
Parker
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It has been a long-held belief of mine that any book that can change your perspective is a great book.

This is one such book.
Cynthia
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal-books
I learned more from this book then I have any trainer or equine friend. I feel like I gained some valuable pieces to the puzzle of the horse from this book.
Shalyce
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who works with horses or just likes horses will enjoy this book. It also has good application for personal development outside of working with horses.
Laurie
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My all time favorite horse read...well right after think harmony with horses :)
Stephanie
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m going to read this again and take notes! So many pearls of knowledge.
Daniel Shahar
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highest Quality!

Amazing book! Well written and mind-opening! Totally going to try this in the ranch I'm working at. Thank you, Mark Rashid.
Diana Kimpton
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A highly enjoyable read that way of looking at horses behaviour.
okyrhoe
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it
"There's something about horses that we all need to understand -- their only real job in this world is to stay alive from one day to the next. Nothing else really matters."

At some point while reading Rashid's book, I realized the absurdity of what I was doing.
Here I am: a human being, specifically a human being who has had absolutely no interaction with horses (and hasn't made any plans to do so), is now reading a book about how to interact with horses.
It's a pretty strange ontological observa
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Hannah
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chauntel Skye Gillilland
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is exceedingly well written and an entertaining read, which sets it apart from most dry horse-training tomes. That said, it sometimes feels a little too dressed-up or inauthentic, especially if you are a serious horse person who is seeking to improve their own horsemanship.

Even so, Mark did make me think about horses and my own decisions as a horsewoman a little differently.
Peggy
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horse-books
“Any time you’re ready to fight with horses, they’ll always be willing to fight back.” A quote from Horses Never Lie that is so true and so simply stated. This is how the book is written all the way through. It’s like sitting on the couch with a cowboy having a leisurely conversation. Mark Rashid, a world renown horse trainer, shares his story and his knowledge. In each chapter a different concept is addressed through his life experiences. He tells of working as a boy for a person he refers to a ...more
Cora Lein
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ganz ehrlich, mir fehlen die Worte!

Wie oft sieht oder hört man von anderen Reitern / Trainern, dass Pferde eine “harte” Hand benötigen. Zucht und Ordnung mit Gewalt eingeprügelt wird / werden muss und ähnliches. Es geht auch anders!

Mark Rashid erzählt einen Teil seines Lebens, seiner Ausbildung. Er beschreibt wie es anders geht, als “sanfter” Führer.

Einfühlsam und mit großer Selbsterkenntnis nimmt er kein Blatt vor den Mund und schreibt seine Erfahrungen in der Pferdeausbildung, die ausschließli
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Cora Lein
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ganz ehrlich, mir fehlen die Worte!

Wie oft sieht oder hört man von anderen Reitern / Trainern, dass Pferde eine “harte” Hand benötigen. Zucht und Ordnung mit Gewalt eingeprügelt wird / werden muss und ähnliches. Es geht auch anders!

Mark Rashid erzählt einen Teil seines Lebens, seiner Ausbildung. Er beschreibt wie es anders geht, als “sanfter” Führer.

Einfühlsam und mit großer Selbsterkenntnis nimmt er kein Blatt vor den Mund und schreibt seine Erfahrungen in der Pferdeausbildung, die ausschließli
...more
Jessica Seagreen
On receiving this book as a gift from my husband I was somewhat surprised to discover that Horses Never Lie is a recollection of the author's experiences with horses; from his initial contact with them as a child followed through by his work with them throughout his adult life, rather than the handbook of techniques that I was expecting.

An enjoyable, heart-warming and inspiring read that is perfect if you are looking for a nice collection of short stories with pearls of wisdom strung throughout.
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Nadine
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. Despite me having once attended a clinic by Monty Roberts and loving him for his desire to be non-violent to horses, I felt I needed or wanted another approach. One that wouldn't apply psychological pressure on the horse. Therefore I was keen to see what Mark Rashid would say and I like that he doesn't go on about any techniques, because I guess you have to find the right one for yourself and the horse you ride, but it's more a philosophical approach. Trust. Understanding. Ackn ...more
Nancy
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this with my sister. She will be better able to put these lessons into practice with her horse. She felt like she noticed a difference right away. I really appreciated the down to earth practical common sense approach to communication with one's horse. I did wonder how this philosophy might work with dogs since I don't have a horse. Mark Rashid's storytelling style is very relaxed and readable. I found it hard to put down. I had both the Audible audio and Kindle versions sync a ...more
Dian
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audio version of this book and the narration is pretty terrible--super slowly read and way over annunciated; I had to listen to it at 1.5x speed to be able to listen and take in the content of the book. That said, I really enjoyed the content. Each story that was about a horse and its owner/trainer/random stranger learning how to communicate with the animal effectively can be translated to simply learning how to communicate more effectively in our real lives, whether with peopl ...more
Lesley Lodge
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: horses
I bought the kindle version of this book because the title intrigued me. It certainly didn't disappoint. I've had some behavioral problems with my mare - this book really opened a window into the horse's viewpoint AND gave me some ways forward for dealing with the problems. One of the things that struck me was the emphasis the author puts on taking some time to let the horse figure things out. I think that's crucial. This book, by the way - in case you've read earlier works by Mark Rashid - is a ...more
Nanette J.
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rashid is one of the better horse training book authors I've read. He's is in a select group of contemporary equestrian trainers publishing books that point out each horse is different so formula approaches don't work very well if your intent is to build a partnership. He's also a decent writer (an unusual skill among equestrian professionals), helping to bring the stories contained and lessons learned to the reader in an enjoyable fashion. I was looking for specific ideas to implement in reachi ...more
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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
“However, I don’t think that we should let the task or goal become the end-all to a training session, either. If things aren’t going well, maybe it’s time to listen to what our horse is trying to tell us. It could very well be that he has the answer to why things aren’t going well, and if we give him half a chance, perhaps he’ll tell us what that is. I have seen so many horses almost” 2 likes
“Once I quit fighting with him and began rewarding his efforts to respond to my cues, he became extremely willing to do what I was asking. The fight and confusion just seemed to melt away,” 1 likes
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