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The Man Who Listens to Horses [NOOK Book]

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Monty Roberts, known as the "Man Who Listens to Horses" has led an extraordinary life. An award-winning trainer of championship horses, best-selling author, Hollywood stunt man, foster dad to 47 children (in addition to three of his own) and creator of the world-renowned and revolutionary equine training technique called Join~Up, Monty Roberts could now, in his later years, be resting on his laurels -- but that's not his style.
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Overview

Monty Roberts, known as the "Man Who Listens to Horses" has led an extraordinary life. An award-winning trainer of championship horses, best-selling author, Hollywood stunt man, foster dad to 47 children (in addition to three of his own) and creator of the world-renowned and revolutionary equine training technique called Join~Up, Monty Roberts could now, in his later years, be resting on his laurels -- but that's not his style.
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The surprisingly complex and lively memoir of a successful and influential horse trainer who helped pioneer nonviolent methods of breaking horses in. Some of the book's vigor and pace may have to do with the fact that Lucy Grealy (Autobiography of a Face, 1994) is the coauthor. The narrative begins in 1948 when Roberts, then 13, spent time studying wild horses in the Nevada desert. He applied what he learned there to radically new ideas about how wild horses could be trained and came to be an im
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014772303
  • Publisher: Handheld Books
  • Publication date: 5/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 193,377
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Monty Roberts is a real-life horse whisperer--an American original whose gentle training methods reveal the depth of communication possible between man and animal. He can take a wild, high-strung horse who has never before been handled and persuade that horse to accept a bridle, saddle, and rider in thirty minutes. His powers may seem like magic, but his amazing "horse sense" is based on a lifetime of experience. Roberts started riding at the age of two, and at the age of thirteen he went alone into the high deserts of Nevada to study mustangs in the wild. What he learned there changed his life forever.



Monty Roberts has spent his whole life working with horses--schooling them, listening to them, and learning their ancient equine language. In The Man Who Listens to Horses, he tells about his early days as a rodeo rider in California, his problems with his violent horse-trainer father, who was unwilling to accept Monty's unconventional training methods, his friendship with James Dean, his struggle to be accepted in the professional horse-training community, and the invitation that changed his life--to demonstrate his method of "join-up" to the Queen of England.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2004

    WOW!

    If you own a horse or work with them- READ THIS BOOK!!! This guy can read your horse like a book! I'm not a book worm and this book was the longest book I have ever read.I never got bored reading this book and believe me when it comes to books my tension spand is not very long unless its a really good book.This books tells Monty Robert's story of his life, how he learned to listen to horses and he also gives a few pointers when you are trying to do Join-UP with your horse!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2002

    Can't Close It!

    The Man who Listens to Horses is an Awesome book! I still have 3 chapters left, but it is a very good book that is about life and earning a horse's trust. It even has a Step-By-Step Giude in the back on how to start horses, Monty's way. It really opens your eyes and shows you how cruel people are to these wonderful creatures. An amazing book. I reccomend to all ages! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2001

    Great Book, Im going to meet Monty in person tomorrow!!! Can't wait!!!

    OH MY GOSH...Great Book...Can not wait to read the 2nd 'Shy Boy' This book has not only helped me with my horses but every day life....Thanks!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Horse Lovers - check it out!

    We used this book for our March book club. It wasn't enjoyed by everyone. We had a horse lover and former owner of a horse in the group. She enjoyed the book more than others. Monte Roberts chose to leave holes in story we tried to fill in. His mother was a mystery to us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Just ok

    Buck brahnam's book is a much better read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2009

    One of my very favorite books of all time!

    I loved this book! Opened my eyes to the intelligence and feelings of horses. One of the BEST books I have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2009

    The Man Who Listens to Horses

    The Man Who Listens to Horses is a very well written book. It made me cry at some points in the book. It is very eye opening. When you read it, you won't want it to end. It is one of those books that changed my life forever. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Listen up, horses do talk

    Monty Roberts has revolutionized the way we see our horses. I've had the privilege of seeing him work and highly recommend all of his books .

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  • Posted January 5, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    For the horse lover, required. For the animal lover, suggested. For the human-interest-story fan, perhaps.

    This book humbly and joyfully details the journey of an exceptional human being. Monty's life--from his childhood, characterized by both parental abuse and the joy of horses, to his current life at Flag Is Up Farms--is one that will inspire even the most unemotional soul. The book is one of gentleness and wisdom, and any horseman or horsewoman--or person--will better him- or herself by reading it.<BR/>I will add that I ordinarily detest stories about animals, but that this book, rather than reeking of the usual B-grade sentimentality common to the genre, is full of grace and quiet dignity. Two thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    You don't need to be a horselover to love the book

    I am and loved the book, but my husband is not. He picked up the book and in 2 days finished it! He loved it, too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2005

    One who loves them all

    This book really pulled me in. I started off reading the first chapter and before i knew it i was continuing on to the sixth chapter. I love horses a lot and that's why i chose to read this book. Monty Roberts is a horse lover also and he knows how to 'Talk' to them. Monty Roberts doesn't really understand what the horses say by neighing to him, he undertands their body language. Like when a horses ears go back, that's when you know that they're irritated and impatiant. I learned a lot from this book, and if you read it... I know that you will too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2004

    An excellent book

    This book is a must for horse lovers. I, personally, gained a lot from this book. It is one of my favorites of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2004

    The Man Who Listens to Horses

    Monty Roberts entices the reader in his best selling autobiography, The Man Who listens to Horses. The story begins in Salinas, California during the Great Depression. Born and raised on the rodeo grounds, he is bothered from an early age by the inhumane way horses are 'broken.' The book contains many conflicts Roberts has experienced throughout his life; ranging from man versus man to man versus nature. Monty Roberts is one of the leading pioneers in the 'join up' process. He began studying the silent language of horses at the age of thirteen on the scorching Nevada deserts. Traditionally horses are broken in a cruel way, being tied to a pole and beaten into submission. Experts say that this way creates horses that perform in fear, making unstable mounts. Monty's method involves gaining a horse's trust and respect as the leader. He rewards good behavior as an alternative to punishing bad. Roberts is an excellent author. The details constantly keep the reader intrigued. I will commend him for criticizing not just others, but even his own stupidity. The part of the book I enjoyed the most would have to be the step-by-step instructions to 'join up' with horses. I also enjoy his many conflicts which he has experienced throughout his life. He tells stories of past rodeos and 'untamable' horses he has tamed. This action-packed page-turner won't let you put it down. His stories range from 'crazy' horses to psychotic owners. He tells of life with his prejudiced, thieving father as well as hardships of The Depression and a world war. This is one of the best books I have ever read. I read it almost nonstop from cover to cover because I couldn't put it down. Monty Roberts has paved the way for horse whisperers, but he emphasizes you must listen to horses not tell them; he asks horses to perform, doesn't order them. I know I will never look at horses the same again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2003

    A BOOK THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE -- IT DID TO MINE

    one of my absolutely favorite books by my favorite horse trainer, monty roberts. this bok describes his life and how he learned the language of equus...might sound crazy, talking to horses, but it is just the best book ever. i am only 13. as u can see, this book is really easy, but it will AFFECT YOUR LIFE. IT DID TO MINE. monty roberts helps u understand the real communication of horses. his life is a true miracle. he has discovered something no one has ever discovered befored. it is sooooooo amazing u just wonder how he does it. if u r scared of horses or dont like them, i really recommend this book because it teaches the real meaning and that horses are more scared of u than u r of them. u will understand horses a lot better. it is also a guide of training. it is also a bible for horse lovers. the man who listens to horses is just too good to describe in words

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2002

    beautiful man

    monty roberts is no fake this man can really communicate with horses he's a wonderful man and i hope to meet him some day

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2002

    My Bible

    This book is my bible!!! It is the most incredible and enlightening book I have read. It helped me communicate with my horse better, and even helped me communicate with people better. I wish I could meet Monty Roberts!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2001

    Yes humans had been cruel

    The idea of join up is excellent as this will give us a better world and loving atmosphere between human,and animals. Human beings had been cruel while breaking animals and also youngsters. I experienced this and was very upset and lost my confidence in human beings. The feelings of hatredness filled my heart but just cant' do anything to the higher authorities. Then I had a fall during riding and broke my ankle. While resting at home my instructor lend me this book and I realised that the only thing I can do is to change myself and learn to achieve join up with human beings and animals.And I am happy since then. I learnt to admit what people had done were wrong and will never want to repeat this in future, so hope that we can make this world a more loving one,to all living creatures forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2000

    Awesome!

    I read this book & I'm still reading it. I've tried some of his methods on my own horse & they really work! The horse understands what you are trying to do & starts communicating w/ you. If you want to become closer to your horse this book is for you! Definetly! If you love reading about real life horse whisperers this book is also for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2000

    Great Book

    This book, though a biography, was pretty good. I read it in 4 days and now have the sequal SHY Boy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2000

    A Horselovers Bible

    Raised in the world of traditional English Horse Riding, this book was a revelation for me in understanding my horse and made him my friend and ally.

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