Manufacturer: Mark Rashid
Model: Horses Never Lie
Purchase: I borrowed this from my husband who borrowed it from the library when he was taking riding lessons one night when I was bored.
Likes: I really liked Mark's philosophy. So many of the "Natural horsemanship" trainers that I have seen use less-than-natural methods, such as direct punishment or negative reinforcement when a horse doesn't do what he is supposed to. Mark's methods for training a horse seemed intuitive and easy to use on my own horses, ie if I have a horse that drags when I bring him in to eat dinner, he goes back out and gets to come in LAST, or doesn't come in for dinner until he decides to behave. Nothing mean, nothing forceful, nothing painful. Just a little patience. It teaches manners to the horse without you having to be the bad guy. It was also an entertaining read, as he told stories about growing up learning to ride.
Dislikes: It seemed like a story in that every single time everything worked out perfectly. Never was there a moment when the horse wasn't trained exactly as he was supposed to the first time around. Also, being female, I was a little insulted when he discussed how he had noticed people reacting to their horse's bad behavior, and only men did it right and only women did it wrong. I assume some women may not be as calm, but all women? And no man has ever yelled at or hit a horse?
Quality: It's a book, so this is n/a. The quality of the information is a 5 for entertainment and probably a 3 for actually teaching you anything.
Summary: This is a good read. I would have liked to have watched a video, but I don't think he has any. I prefer his methods to other natural horsemanship trainers, but when I went to his website, he also struck me as kind of a jerk (read his story about the bit he endorses for horses who don't like bits...the poor inventor sent a sample and kept calling and asking him to try it out, and he wouldn't for like 6 months, and when he finally did he tried it out on his own horse that didn't have any problems and told the guy that it didn't work, and it was one of his helpers who discovered that the bit worked, several months later). This is a very entertaining read, but without telling you how things can go wrong it isn't much of a training guide. But I have never found books as good as videos for training purposes.
Usefulness Rating: 2.8 out of 5.
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