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The Revolution in Horsemanship: And What It Means to Mankind Paperback – January 1, 2005
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There has been a change in how we treat our horses: We no longer "break" them to harness or saddle; we "gentle" them, so they become our partners, their natural grace and athleticism restored and enhanced through humane and thoughtful methods.
Beginning with equine evolution and domestication, Dr. Miller and Rick Lamb focus on the contributions of such classical horsemen as Xenophon, Pluvinel, nineteenth-century "whisperers, tamers, and professors," and modern masters like the Dorrances, Buck Brannaman, Pat Parelli, John Lyons, and their disciples, and the connection between rodeo and natural horsemanship.
The authors describe how the horse's mind works, how horses learn, and how the revolution has used those principles, especially with regard to a training regimen for newborn foals developed by Dr. Miller that produces positive results to last a lifetime. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I bought extra ones to give as holiday gifts for my friends and they too loved it, whether they were interested in horses or not.
This book is an interesting and refreshing new point of view, that will help people to understand the prey/ predator relationship between horse and a human seeing it though the horses eyes. It is a journey through the history of the horse and a human as partners which offers hope for horses today, but more so makes the reader realise how much hope the horse today offers people all over the world.
A book you can go back to and read over and over, each time getting more out of it.
natural horsemanship, for someone who's already into it, it can be somewhat tedious reading. Not something I couldn't put down until I
was done. I'm going to think twice about purchasing the followup book.
The authors of "The Revolution in Horsemanship" are uniquely qualified to be our guides, and they do an excellent job. Miller and Lamb map the progression of the shift in horse training over the past 25 years, and then fit it into the context of classical training over hundreds of years.
They understand that this may be the best way ever to teach the elusive "feel" that inspires the magic of harmony and cooperation. Extensive discussion of horse behavior is presented, including how it is critical to training success.
They credit and weave together the many approaches of the popular clinicians, and recognize the most important idea, the real value of this training work, which is best explained by them:(Quoting from the book) "Perhaps this is the reason that this revolution occurred. To hand us a powerful tool for developing the rest of our humanity, the part that wasn't genetically endowed, the part that, in fact, goes against our genetically endowed, predatorial instincts. The part we have to work to obtain and is therefore most valuable to us."
I am getting this book into the hands of my students and my friends, as "doing the work" will benefit our horses and ultimately our entire community. It's a wonderfully written overview, filled with insight and intelligence.
Many thanks to Dr. Miller and Rick Lamb.