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Build Complete Confidence with Horses: Beat Fear and Excuses to Attain Your Riding Goals Hardcover – November 1, 2007

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"However basic or ambitious your goals, with Marks' fun, positive coaching, you’ll discover the key things you need to know to prevent confidence slumps."  —Paso Fino Horse World


"[A] delightful book on overcoming the doubts, fears and insecurities you might experience on and around horses."  —Northwest Rider Magazine


"Learn how to pick yourself up and achieve peak performance in seconds,

no matter how low you might feel. Before you know it, you'll determine who you have to be to achieve your equestrian dreams, and you'll have the tools to make them a reality."  —Equine Journal



"The book is truly thought-provoking and will guide you to think about your strengths, weaknesses, fears, and goals in a productive and insightful way."  —Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar

About the Author

Kelly Marks is a former champion jockey and show jumper and the author of Teach Your Horse Perfect Manners and Become Perfect Partners. She is the originator of the Monty Roberts Educational Courses worldwide and the founder of Intelligent Horsemanship, an organization dedicated to promoting the understanding and fair treatment of horses.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570763739
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570763731
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,149,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Redhorse on January 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have Kelly's other books and enjoy her perspective on horsemanship. This book is not about horsetraining, it is about working on THE HUMAN, so if you are looking for specific horsetraining information, this is not it. However, it is an excellent guide for anyone not achieving their goals, whether it be with the horse(s) in their life, or any other part of their life. There are specific assignments in the book to help the reader - so reader involvement is required. This book would be great for any riding instructor who is interested in non-traditional methods.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Summerfield on February 5, 2009
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I picked up this book because I recently broke my ankle by falling from my mare, and I was having trouble dealing with the fact that my nerves were getting the best of me when it came to resuming my daily rides. My ankle is healed and since I have been riding for the better part of forty-five years, it's not like I haven't been hurt on a horse before. So why was my heart pounding every time I approached my stable and began grooming and tacking up my lovely horse?

This book, by renowned rider and trainer Kelly Marks, gave me some answers to my jittery nerves. The book is filled with explanations about animal behavior and the interaction between humans and horses. It also has some excellent exercises for the nervous rider to complete in order to understand her fear. I read the book from cover-to-cover, and I did all the exercises and I must say that the book helped me. I have now resumed my daily rides and I do feel more confident.

The reason I gave the book four stars instead of five is that there is quite a bit of extraneous material in it. The book is filled with many large and beautiful photos of gorgeous horses, which, while nice to look at, did not add at all to the message of the book. The book also contains quite a few anecdotes from famous riders and trainers about their experiences with horses. Not all of these anecdotes were on point. In fact, some of them were just "filler."

However, Ms. Marks did help me, so I would certainly recommend this book to those like me who have been riding for a long time and have suddenly encountered some unexpected fears about the sport which has meant so much to them. I'm not sure how much this book would help a new rider, but it certainly helped this old warhorse get back into the saddle.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DTN on December 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
After suffering a severe liver laceration when kicked(unintentionally)by a fleeing horse, it was difficult for me to regain confidence around our own young horses. Fear and dread would flow through my body as my daughter and
I drove to the ranch to ride. While reading Kelly Marks' book I began to practice the techniques she recommends to help build self-confidence. Daily
journal writing of success stories with our horses began to have subtle effects on how I would react on the ground and in the saddle with my horse.
We became a team and I became a leader within the herd. I have not only regained self-confidence but have become and even better "horsewoman" than
before the accident. Thank you, Kelly Marks!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AmyH on June 25, 2010
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I was injured about 6 years ago in a riding accident and have had some really difficult issues with fear since. This book is an excellent resource for working through that fear. Not sugar coated whiney bull, just good, honest information on dealing with the things that make your heart race when you are trying to enjoy your horse.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paige Mawdsley on July 13, 2010
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Almost a year ago I took a spill that resulted in a concussion. Since I couldn't remember what happened I thought it would be easy to just return to what I'd been doing. I was surprised to discover that it has taken a long time to regain confidence in myself and in the horse I ride. I was feeling so discouraged after my lessons that I was beginning to wonder if I would ever enjoy riding again. As I started reading this book it helped me to re-discover that I can trust myself and my horse. My trainer says I'm smiling again as I canter around the ring.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Octavia A. Gooch on June 23, 2008
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Kelly Marks' s new book is most useful and entertaining. Within is an enormous collection of helpful strategies for managing the moments of trepidation that life with equine beings can contain. It is a veritable tool kit of ideas which can just as easily apply to life in general as to life with horses. One of her suggestions was to try singing nursery rhymes, so, to a sometimes obstreporous young Arabian, his owner sings "Mary had a Little Lamb". Great results! We are grateful! Octavia Gooch
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