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Evidence-Based Horsemanship [Kindle Edition]

Martin Black , Stephen Peters
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Most horsemen agree that timing, feel, and balance are the holy trinity of horsemanship. They are also key elements of this book. The timing couldn’t be better. We are in the midst of a revival of interest in horsemanship. People are hungry for factual information and intelligent conversation. The feel of the book is genuinely refreshing and original. It is unpretentious, straight forward and informative. The balance is brilliant: scientific facts and the empirical evidence to support those facts assembled by two highly respected professionals in their respective disciplines.


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  • File Size: 1298 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wasteland Press (July 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RDGJ84
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wealth of Knowlege April 12, 2012
I found this book teaching me, from the very first page. I was not only led on a path of understanding, but as I delved deeper into the book I found myself being taught such incredible insights. I truly felt like I had taken a class in Horsemanship, when I had finished. I found a lot of the information to be clinical but with careful reading and studying, I received such a wealth of knowledge that it was worth every second. I look forward to referring back to this book time and time again, as it is my new manual to understanding my horses. If you really want a deep understanding and relationship with your horses, this is the book to have. Thanks to Dr. Peters and Mr. Black, I feel I can now relate to my horses on a greater level. I feel I have gained practical and clinical knowledge that I can use now and far into the future. Thanks! Well Done!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much to Gain March 2, 2012
By A Gocko
My round pen work and trailer loading will never be the same.
Hats off Dr. Peters and Martin Black. It is a quick, intense read. Two days and done. Now I will probably save weeks, months, maybe even years in training my horses. Best of all, my horses will be 10 times better off. I can't thank them enough.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs editing and citations November 26, 2012
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As a horsewoman, dressage judge and ebook author, I welcome the concept of this book. I am reviewing an e-copy, so page numbers for my concerns will be unavailable. I have structural and technical concerns regarding this book.

It is unfortunate that the title indicates "evidence," but there are no citations in this volume from the literature on its neuroscience or the multiple sciences involving locomotion and feedback circuits. Photos of brain slices or image series are intriguing but need more links to additional information. Most people start with the world of sensory input from working with horses, rather than from brain dissection. It might have helped to start this book with the observations of Black the horseman rather than Peters the neurologist. Both potentially have much to offer.

Further, there is only a neurological glossary in my e-copy and I was looking forward to being charmed by a "cowboy glossary" as well. I am not asking for extensive citations, just some recent ones that let a reader move around multiple disciplines touched on in this volume. Evidence is founded on data, so there needs to be a database of diverse articles accessible to readers. As an example of an ebook FORMAT that would address some problems with pagination/sentence identification/citation strategies, take a look at the Kindle edition of "The Cambridge Companion to Machiavelli." Hypertext formatting also allows readers to migrate through texts according to interest (see Wikipedia). It would have helped this book to have taken advantage of more sophisticated structure to allow readers to skim through links, investigating deeper layers of the horse/rider system as they wish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! July 11, 2012
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A must read for any person truly interested in working with horses! Wonderfully written and documented with great training tips.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed April 12, 2012
I so wanted to like this book !
I have huge respect for well known horseman Martin Black, and the neuro specialist co-author sure seems to know his thing as well.
I found the concept very promising and was really ready to love, and learn from, this book.
However, and as much as I hate to say it, it was nearly a waste of time/money.
The book is ladden with pretty complex neurologic content, that is no doubt very interesting, but lost me after a few pages. I stuck with it but most of it was a little over my head I'm affraid.
I wish Martin's Black would have taken more part in the book, I find his input is closer to 35% than to 50%.
My main complain about the book : there is nearly no useful, applicable to your horse knowledge to be gained from it, and this is very disappointing. I was NOT expecting a how-to or training book, but I was hoping the general information would pertain way more to real life horse training.
A very few nuggets of usable goodness here : important age phases in horse developpment and how they impact the horse learning abilities. Nothing earth shattering here, but it reminded me of why my young horse sometimes get frustrated and irresponsive when a schooling session gets too long.
A deeper and more detailed description of body (and mostly face) language.
A needed emphasis on how horses do NOT think like humans : they're just not equipped to !
Why a horse starting to act up and being restricted will get into further panic mode.
And last, but the most useful bit, at least for me : when a horse gets agitated and starts reacting rather than responding, the best answer is to ease off quick, only a few strides without the stress will usually bring a more serene state of mind back.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking October 16, 2012
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I devoured this book. There is so much scientific basis for the behavior of the horse that what had previously seemed in comprehendable suddenly makes perfect sense. I highly recommend this book to any student of the horse. To have both the scientists point of view as well as the respected horseman's point of view adds practical application to scientific abstraction.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lots of great information in here
Published 26 days ago by Judy Johannsson
5.0 out of 5 stars The answer to so many questions
I've had horses my entire life, so I consider myself pretty familiar with equine behavior. What I haven't had an understanding of, though, are the "whys" of horse behavior. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ethomas04
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book
Everyone who has horses should read this book. Read the chapter on Anthropomorphism twice. This book is a very valuable resource.
Published 6 months ago by Deni Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This book helps any level of horseman/woman understand their horses better. It was a good read and nice quality book
Published 6 months ago by Tina Mare Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning how the brain works
a great learning experience. a lot of hard words to produce. but it helps to understand how the horse thinks.
Published 7 months ago by randy
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
Very informative book. Does a great job explaining the brain of the horse and why and how it reacts and learns.
Published 8 months ago by Lisa Howell
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
The book contained good information, but the title is misleading. It does not present research to support "evidence-based horsemanship", that is, it does not link horse... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Howard R Carter
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but . . .
Interesting if you want to learn the science of the brain function and parts. It was just too scientific for my liking. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Karen Copeland
5.0 out of 5 stars Book by two different authors. A Doctor and horseman. Very...
This book is full of new information that would be interesting for anybody. Whether you where a horseman or not.
Published 10 months ago by Larry French
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money!
The portions of the book written by Martin Black were good, but the brain doctor...boring and way too technical. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sandy Dotts
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