Whole Heart, Whole Horse: Building Trust Between Horse and Rider

Whole Heart, Whole Horse: Building Trust Between Horse and Rider

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by Mark Rashid
     
 

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Many horse trainers, even those who claim to follow the so-called natural horsemanship approach, take the position that horses that 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

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Many horse trainers, even those who claim to follow the so-called natural horsemanship approach, take the position that horses that 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 unwanted behavior isn't bad behavior at all. More times than not it's just the horse expressing the way he feels at that particular moment in time."

Whole Heart, Whole Horse focuses on this idea, covering such subjects as gathering information from the horse; turning rider/trainer mistakes into positive experiences; developing realistic boundaries between you and your horse; understanding how and why horses release energy from real or perceived traumas; and reaching a comfortable balance point between horse and rider. Rashid analyzes developing softness, consistency, dependability, trust, and peace of mind in both horses and humans, as well as how to become a leader whom your horse will willingly want to follow and work with.

Full of examples that extend beyond the training pen, Whole Heart, Whole Horse offers good sense and information that will make you a more astute, capable, and sensitive horseman or horsewoman—and human being.

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“Learning how to communicate with one's horse will make any owner a better and more sensitive horseman, and this book provides an excellent start. (Booklist)”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602396708
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
05/26/2009
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Mark Rashid is an author and horse trainer. His books, such as Considering the Horse and Whole Heart, Whole Horse, follow his training philosophy, which is to find training solutions by considering the horse’s point of view. The author of seven books, Rashid was featured on the PBS Nature series.

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Whole Heart, Whole Horse 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
BarbBF More than 1 year ago
This trainer speaks from his heart, and experience. He does not claim to be a "horse whisperer" or have all kinds of techniques and equipment but basically understands the horse's mind. He gives you examples of the behaviors and interactions between the horse and the human. It points out a cause and effect of particular actions of the horse to human and human to horse response. I have read many many books on horse training, but this one gives the reader a different perspective. Very interesting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Insightful
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I will be reading this again in the near future
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