That's not Mark Rashid's view. His ways are unagitated and quite and I had a good time listening to his different anecdotes. I was so moved reading it and by the time I came to the last few chapters of the book I was nearly moved to tears and it was only then that I really understood what it was I had been looking for all along. That's not Mark Rashid's view. 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. This particular edition is in a Hardcover format.
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. How we perceive that information dictates how we respond to it. He is sensitive, very articulate and his style is extremely engaging. I happened upon this book and it looked interesting. Too often I see ones with bad seats and hands interfering with the horse. A worthwhile read for anyone who wants to improve their horsemanship and relationship with horses. The piece that matters is doing it, showing up; trying once, trying again, and trying each time after that until either your life or your passion has gone.
And tend to forget something very important, the old man put very simple: Whole Heart, whole horse. His chapter on balancing emotions and energy is excellent and, like almost all of the chapters, has been bookmarked by me to read again and again. That is more because if you understand the concepts from his previous books, this book is revisiting them and will serve as a good reminder and help one to fine tune those ideas. The chapter on Information is great. It was a thoughtful read, especially if you interact with horses, and really gets readers to reflect on the way we treat and have a relationship with horses.
I mean day in day out, week after week, month after month, sometimes even year after year, until both of them don't even notice anymore that this is not how it should be. If you like other mark Rashid books, you'll like this one too! Often, horsemen blame bad behavior on the horse rather than take responsibility for actually teaching the horse that bad behavior. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. As I say this is not an instructional book in the normal sense of the word; you won't get training techniques 101, or 101 exercises to stop your horse bucking, but you can learn a great deal from allowing this book to percolate through your own thoughts, feelings and attitudes. I think I read this book pretty much from cover to cover before I had even cleared away the packaging.
Also, he remains humble, which is the measure of a true horseman. Mark believes horses are not disrespectful or bad; they are just giving us information. And it got me thinking about everyday life in an amateur barn. Calm, soft, thoughtful, creative, humble, self-aware and aware of others… Rashid has a respect for the life around him that is uniquely genuine and commendable. The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, minimal pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins.
If you are new to Mark, then be prepared to read and let your own mind process the stories. My only complaint is that my entire herd is so calm and happy now, I'm running out of funny stories to share with friends and add to my own books! That's not Mark Rashid's view. It's one I will read over and over. They aren't instructional in a traditional sense, and yet there is something that makes a connection. . 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.
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. Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. 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. I deffinitely recommend this to anyone who is really wanting to get the most potential out of their horse. Don't get me wrong, I don't mean this bad 3-week-period we all go through occasionaly. 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. I just really want to know.
Above all, he tries to see things from the horse's perspective and go from there. More times than not, it's just the horse expressing the way he feels at that particular moment. In the end, I never do. More times than not it's just the horse expressing the way he feels at that particular moment in time. Mark Rashid is a pure horseman.