Whole Heart, Whole Horse

  • by Mark Rashid
  • Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
  • 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Many horse trainers, even those who espouse the so-called natural horsemanship approach, take the position that horses who 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....
How we perceive that information dictates how we respond to it.
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 and person.

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Audible Editor Reviews

AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator Mike Chamberlain's low-key and down-to-earth performance beautifully complements the friendly, helpful tone of this guide on how to build trusting relationships between riders and horses. This audiobook focuses on the idea that horses use their behavior to express their thoughts, and it explains how a rider can learn to read what horses are saying. Important topics such as turning rider/trainer mistakes into positive experiences and developing realistic boundaries are also covered. Listeners will feel as though they are being personally instructed by a dependable and patient trainer.

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After growing tired...

of the brutality of Anderson, the commercialization and fakeries of Parelli and Roberts, and the ever inflating ego of Hempfling (who used to be the absolute best horse trainer anywhere, and maybe still is, despite his growing pompousness in age), Mark Rashid comes like a breath of fresh air. A true natural-horseman who manages to transcend the snake-oil instant cure mentality seen in so many clinics and workshops, Rashid gives an holistic approach that can be--and must be--shaped to each individual horse by each individual human. Rashid understands the most important truth: horse time is timeless, and anything with a horse takes as long as it takes--with gentle but firm leadership, care and compassion, and a deep understanding of the horse. A book well worth your time!
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- Douglas "College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey."

Enjoyable listening, good teaching stories

Trainers are Observers, who've observed enough to know where they can make a little change here, a little change there, and make an animal or human's life better.

In this book Mark Rashid teaches through very good story telling. I learned new ways to look at my horses, hopefully to better understand them.

This audiobook was reluctantly turned off when I had to, and I couldn't wait to get back to it. I finished it in one day. When it was done (all too quickly) I had a good feeling, like when you've had a great conversation with a friend.

It is inspiring too. Mark Rashid tells his horse and human stories with a non-judgmental observer's eye, with an undertone of compassion at times, and sometimes humor. A few trainers have an undertone of disgust with people after years of trying to fix the damage done to horses by clueless humans. I didn't pick up a smidgen of this judgmental tone from Mark Rashid's book.

The narration was done by Mike Chamberlain with a friendly voice and great timing.

I highly recommend this book. Even for people who don't have horses, but who just enjoy a good book. But, for horse people, this one's a positive learning experience. And fun . . . and it will touch your heart . . . you'll see.
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- Diana "Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-23-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios