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About the Author

Mark Rashid is an internationally-acclaimed horse trainer known for his ability toassess situations from a horse s point of view. He has committed himself to findingquiet but effective ways to resolve even the most difficult problems with horses andgives dozens of clinics each year, as well as private lessons. His clinic format of one-on-one work with horse and rider is immensely popular and has gained him legions offans around the world. Rashid is the author of "Considering the Horse; Whole Heart, WholeHorse; Horses Never Lie"; and "Life Lessons from a Ranch Horse". His books have been translated into several languages.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Johnson Books (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555664075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555664077
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lisa A. Flynn on June 27, 2008
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I recieved this book yesterday, and I have not been able to put it down yet. I find myself reading through the pages and then flipping back and forth to view these amazing pictures again and again. Mark and Kathleen are masters at the work and I am hoping that I will one day be able to participate in one of these clinics. I have always felt like they do about the gentleness of training and building a trusted relationship with my horse, and when I read one of Mark's books for the first time last year, I was hooked. I have read them all... What a treasure this book is.. It is now my offical "coffee table" book...
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I am a big fan of Mark Rashid. I love his laid-back style and the way he tells a story. He is humble and modest and always seems willing to learn new ideas. I was excited to read this book. I couldn't wait to see photos to go along with the wonderful stories he has to tell. I was disappointed. The photos, while artistic, I guess, had little meaning for me. Of all the places Mark has been, the people he must have met and the horses he must have interacted with, the last thing I was expecting to see was a close-up of a body brush or the tooling on his saddle. The photos and accompanying descriptions made Mark sound full of himself. I think the photos have a "you had to be there" kind of quality. They weren't nearly as meaningful as the authors made them out to be. As I said, I am a big fan of Mark's. Buy his other books, but take this one out of the library.
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You don't have to be a Rashid fan to enjoy this book, though you're likely to read some of his work after you've finished it. Kathleen Lindley does a bang-up job of chronicling a year on the road with Rashid and her own training and clinician experiences. There is a great deal to learn about horses, and this book offers some wonderful insights into why certain methods are more successful than others. Pair any of Rashid's works with something by Temple Grandin, and you've got a top-notch animal behavior and training course at your fingertips.
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I am actually writing this review to add a positive voice - for all Rashid fans who benefited from and like his books, this is a fine one to add. For most of the pictures, both Mark and Kathleen share their insights and reflections. The book is divided into 10 chapters, and I found #8 and #9 - Patience and Softness - to be outstanding and completing what Rashid wrote in some of his other books.

Rashid is an exceptional writer and horseman. I love buying and reading good books, but I also tell you that Rashid is probably the only author where I HAD to make sure I have ALL of his published books. "A Life with Horses - Spirit of the Work" was the last one I bought from him, and I can fully recommend it if Rashid's books touch you. I would recommend though to read his other books first, and keep this one as an addition or illustration (hence the photoes).

And since we're on the topic of good books, if you haven't yet read Kathleen Lindley's book "In the Company of Horses: A Year on the Road with Horseman Mark Rashid", that is another goodie. Go for it!
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The book concept is wonderful - Mark and Kathleen do a nice job of expressing thier views of the wonderful photos that Kathleen took. The print was too small - even with my reading glasses, it was difficult for me to read.
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I have read all of Mark Rashid's books and would love to see a clinic of his.His folksy way of writing is so easy to read . I love his techniques.
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I loved the photos! The stories add a depth. I learned new things about horses.
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