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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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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.
©2009 Mark Rashid (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lara on 12-03-15

Beautifully told teaching story

Just wonderful and yet another great book I am grateful to have had the privilege of listening too. Thank you Mark for putting your experience on paper to share your heartfelt work and journey, so it can reach so many others so far from where you live. The last chapter had me in tears.

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5 out of 5 stars
By DMac17 on 11-08-14

Would definitely recommend!

What did you like most about Whole Heart, Whole Horse?

As per some of Mark Rashid's other books, his wisdom, perspective and passion for his work with horses (and their humans!) shines through!
The pace of this book was great, the stories were interesting and you can pick up lots of interesting wee snippets, although this isn't strictly a tuition book!

What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

The narration was well paced and Mike Chamberlain's voice was warm, expressive and accentuated every nuance of each story.

Any additional comments?

Definitely recommended for horse lovers and those looking to learn about a more compassionate way with horses.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stella9 on 27-01-16

Always something to learn from Rashid

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Rashid's approach is so authentic and genuine. I appreciate his humble manner and the way he stops to question the root of an issue rather than simply applying a familiar solution. He really stands out as a fresh thinking clinician with respectful regard for each horse an an individual. He is consistent in his approach yet open to change when necessary.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Whole Heart, Whole Horse?

The story of "the Black" which underscored the title and core message of the book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Emmy on 17-11-15

As Always;Very Good Book

All of the books I've listened to by Mark Rashid have given me an "ah ha" moment. This book is full of situations that motivate me to get out there every day and be patient with my horse. In particular, this book has given me great insight about the critical importance of direction. so I will be planning what to do with my horse before I go out there. Not to mention develop that softness and giving my horse my whole heart.

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