Shy Boy: The Horse That Came In From the Wild (Cassettes)

Shy Boy: The Horse That Came In From the Wild (Cassettes)

by Monty Roberts
     
 

3 cassettes / 3 1/2 hours

Unabridged and read by the author, Monty Roberts"Monty Roberts will soften you up, get you chewing and listening to his insights into equine behavior, and make you marvel at the success of his spiritual quest." -The New York Times

World-famous horse gentler Monty Roberts reveals the rapport he shares with a special horse: a wild

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3 cassettes / 3 1/2 hours

Unabridged and read by the author, Monty Roberts"Monty Roberts will soften you up, get you chewing and listening to his insights into equine behavior, and make you marvel at the success of his spiritual quest." -The New York Times

World-famous horse gentler Monty Roberts reveals the rapport he shares with a special horse: a wild mustang. In a gripping, intimate narrative, he relives their unique relationship, beginning with his first encounter with the wild horse during a dramatic three-day ride in the high Nevada desert. Throughout the year that followed, the wild horse earned the respect and admiration of his trainers. And, as his fame grew, following a PBS-aired documentary, the wild mustang Shy Boy began to receive visitors from all over the world. Yet throughout the year Roberts was asked, "Would Shy Boy rather be free?" With trepidation, he took Shy Boy back to the wild to let him choose: go with your herd, or stay with your gentler. What happened is so exciting and moving that it will surprise every listener.

�"It's a magical dance between equal partners." -Boston Globe

Author Biography: Monty Roberts and his wife, Pat, live in California on their Flag Is Up Farms.

Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
It's a magical dance between equal partners.
Dallas Morning Sun
With his broad shoulders, deep chest and big hands, he could be an ol' boy from any well-managed ranch in West Texas. Instead he's a horseman from Salinas, California, who has shaken up the horse world with a simple message: Be gentle.
Forbes
Roberts turn[s] a dangerous bucking horse into a faithful follower without breaking its spirit.
LA Times
Through trust, respect and negotiation, Roberts routinely will start a wild-eyed stallion to bridle, saddle and rider in about 30 minutes. If the understanding and conversations continue, the loyalty and mutual regard are forever.
New York Times Book Review
Monty Roberts will soften you up, get you chewing and listening to his insights into equine behavior and make you marvel at the success of his spiritual quest.
People Magazine
Monty Roberts trains horses using a language they understand--their own.
Washington Post Book World
From those cold nights and blazing days in the desert, he would build a life anchored by his love and understanding of the horse.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Roberts (The Man Who Listens to Horses) continues his mission of "gentling" unbroken horses without whips, spurs, or harsh commands. Here he first summarizes his life work with horses, then tells how he tamed a shy but wild mustang, mainly for a BBC/PBS TV documentary. Afterward, to learn if the horse is happy in domestication, he releases him back to his wild herd in California; the outcome is heartwarming. Those who know the author or who just love animals should like these true adventures, narrated in Roberts's pleasant voice. Warmly recommended for general nonfiction collections.--Gordon Blackwell, Eastchester, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Roberts (The Man Who Listens to Horses, 1997) deploys melodrama in the interest of common decency in this tale of gentling a wild mustang into the domesticated community of horses, then giving him a choice: stay with your new friends or run free to the herd. It is Roberts's wish to "make the world a better place for the horse — all horses, including free horses without names." He has made it his duty to show that the brutality typically employed to break a horse is simple cruelty, and there is a much kinder method. He calls it "joining up": forging a relationship of trust and generosity through communication and fair treatment. As ably spelled out here, this is achieved through a kindness of voice and touch, and a body language he calls Equus, "ingrained in the genetic, tribal memory of all the world's horses." To demonstrate that his technique can succeed even in the wide open spaces of the Sierra Nevada, he convinced the BBC to film him starting (Roberts' term for breaking) a mustang from the wild. So unfolds the story of Shy Boy, a creature Roberts paints as an American icon, noble and romantic in extremis: strong and free, wild and graceful and sensitive. Evidently stung by allegations that all was not kosher in his first book, Roberts, in an unappealing defensive tone, makes sure there are plenty of independent experts on hand to observe his every move as he and Shy Boy get to know each other; the book has nearly as many pages of photographs as text. Roberts takes detours in the book to excoriate abusers of humans and animals, before breathlessly, and hamfistedly, charging to the climactic moment when Shy Boy must choose between the herd and a home withRoberts. Roberts may be relentlessly self-righteous and not above going weepy to ingratiate himself with his readers, but his mission is too laudable to be ridiculed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780694522118
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Edition description:
Abridged, 3 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 7.11(h) x 1.17(d)

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