A Journey to Softness In Search of Feel and Connection with the Horse

Author: Mark Rashid
Publisher:
ISBN: 1570767580
Release Date: 2016-01-12
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Internationally acclaimed horse trainer Mark Rashid shares and analyzes the remarkable events, quiet moments, and humbling stumbling blocks that--looking back--he can identify as significant in his personal journey to finding "softness” with both horses and people. "Softness,” via what many in the horse world today might refer to as "feel,” begins, Rashid says, with one simple truth: "It’s not about what we do that starts us on the path to softness, but rather, it’s what we don’t do.” Softness is having the sensitivity we need in order to feel when and if the horse tries to "give.”It is about develping the kind of awareness and feel it takes to know when we are working against our horses, rather than with them. In these forthright stories, readers get a glimpse of a life that has produced a man known for his ability to solve difficult problems with communication rather than force, as well as methods and techniques gleaned from decades of work with horses, horse people, and the "way of harmony” through the martial arts.

Finding the Missed Path

Author: Mark Rashid
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
ISBN: 9781570768415
Release Date: 2017-02-13
Genre: Sports & Recreation

“Horses are a lot like people,” says renowned horseman Mark Rashid. “When there are gaps in understanding, confusion, and thus frustration, worry, and even anger are sure to follow.” Horses often grow up with these “gaps” in their training and education. When this happens, it can be difficult for the horse to be a willing partner to a human, and he may need to be “restarted”—that is, given a second chance to learn what is expected of him and how he can find a place where he is confident and comfortable both beside a handler and beneath a rider. In order to restart a horse successfully, we need to know how to retrace the steps the horse’s education has taken and find the path missed the first time around. In this book, the first of the expansive library of books penned by Rashid to include full-color photographs, readers are guided through practical steps for restarting horses, using Rashid’s simple yet impactful concepts derived from years of study of martial arts. We walk along with him as he proceeds with the quiet sorting of experience that provides the insight we need to give any horse the new beginning he deserves.

Considering the Horse

Author: Mark Rashid
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 9781616081560
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Nature

Own an unruly horse? Thinking about purchasing a horse but don't exactly know what to expect once you do? Ever wondered what and how a horse thinks? In Considering the Horse, Mark Rashid tells stories that provide horse owners and potential buyers with the best training solutions--straight from the horse's mouth. And in the second edition of this classic of natural horsemanship literature, Rashid includes a new introduction and adds new insight on his detailed tips on the timeless yet ever-changing pursuit of good horsemanship. By considering the horse's point of view, he explores a variety of solutions to common training problems like head tossing, trailer loading, mounting problems, and more. After years of training and teaching, Rashid assures you that you don't need to sell that rebellious horse of yours, and there's no need to panic if you just bought a horse with a problem and don't know what to do. More likely than not, the answers are here for every rider, trainer, or owner.

Horses Never Lie

Author: Mark Rashid
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781628730043
Release Date: 2011-07-06
Genre: Nature

In Horses Never Lie, renowned horse trainer Mark Rashid challenges the conventional wisdom of “alpha leadership” and teaches the reader to become a “passive leader”—a counterpart to the kind of horse other members of a herd choose to associate with and to follow. Applying Rashid’s principles and techniques helps cultivate horse personalities that are responsive and dependable regardless of the rider. Reliving Rashid’s experiences with him, you will come to feel the same sort of compassion and appreciation for your horses that you do for the people in your life. This new edition features added introductory notes for each chapter that contribute to a more complete understanding of Rashid’s methods and philosophy.

Whole Heart Whole Horse

Author: Mark Rashid
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781626369283
Release Date: 2009-05-26
Genre: Nature

Many horse trainers, even those who espouse the so-called natural horsemanship approach, take the position that horses who fail to obey a human's request are doing so as much out of perversity as ignorance. That's not Mark Rashid's view. In his words, "If we understand that horses can't separate the way they feel from the way they act, then we can start to see that unwanted behavior isn't bad behavior at all. More times than not, it's just the horse expressing the way he feels at that particular moment in time. . . .How we perceive that information dictates how we respond to it." Whole Heart, Whole Horse focuses on this idea, covering such subjects as gathering information from the horse, turning rider/trainer mistakes into positive experiences, developing realistic boundaries between you and your horse, understanding how and why horses release energy from real or perceived traumas, and reaching a comfortable balance point between horse and rider. Rashid analyzes developing softness, consistency, dependability, trust, and peace of mind in both horses and humans, as well as how to become a leader whom your horse will willingly want to follow and work with. Full of examples that extend beyond the training pen, Whole Heart, Whole Horse offers good sense and information that will make you a more astute, capable, and sensitive horseman and person.

A Good Horse Is Never a Bad Color

Author: Mark Rashid
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 9781616082390
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Nature

Learn why your problem horse is not a lost cause with helpful tips from an internationally acclaimed trainer.

Life Lessons from a Ranch Horse

Author: Mark Rashid
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781628730975
Release Date: 2011-09-01
Genre: Pets

In this heartwarming and instructive book of horsemanship, highly-respected horse trainer Mark Rashid shares what he learned from a very special, and very challenging, horse. Through a lot of hard work, Mark comes to understand the potential for powerful communication that exists when two beings take the time to understand each other. Although his realizations are inspired by work with horses, readers will discover that Rashid’s six guidelines for interaction can improve our relationships with the people in our lives as well. In this second edition of the beloved title, with a new brand-new afterword, Rashid invites us to enjoy his all-new reflections on the lessons learned from a life spent with horses.

Be with Your Horse

Author: Tom Widdicombe
Publisher: David & Charles
ISBN: 0715320203
Release Date: 2005-05-01
Genre: Pets

Get your relationship right with your horse and he'll try to get it right with you, too. It's not about following steps to success or special equipment. It's about very subtle signs that show him you are on his side, and when you're with him he can let you take responsibility for his safety. This is the heart of great horsemanship. Be With Your Horse is a clear and accessible guide to finding the best relationship with your horse. Tom Widdicombe invites the reader to embark on a search for the perfect partnership, learning how to make your horse a willing friend, and find the balance between leadership and respect. The book is full of practical advice applicable to all horse owners and horse lovers, and peppered with accounts of Tom's own experiences with horses and how they shaped his ideas about training horses and humans to achieve a greater understanding of one another

Connect with Your Horse from the Ground Up

Author: Peggy Cummings
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
ISBN: 1570764220
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Nature

At a young age Peggy Cummings noticed that many horses she rode and worked with were sadly inhibited--unable to express their innate curiosity, trust, and freedom of motion--and went about their work in a mechanical, stiff way. This inspired a lifelong search for real-world ways to achieve the "lightness" and "ease" promoted by top instructors and classical texts. Now, in this long-awaited book, Cummings describes the essentials of her specialized groundwork--the first half of her acclaimed Connected Riding program--along with over two dozen highly illustrated exercises to help horses and their handlers find a reciprocal "connection" on the ground before attempting to establish it from the more difficult position in the saddle. These exercises--done both standing still and in motion--drastically change the way you see and feel your horse, and radically improve how your horse moves, responds, and goes about his work.

Horsemanship Through Life

Author: Mark Rashid
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781620872963
Release Date: 2012-06-01
Genre: Nature

Here is a compelling meditation from renowned horseman Mark Rashid on all the ways that the principles we apply in our dealings with fellow humans can apply to our relationships with our horses, and vice versa. Horsemanship Through Life is about awareness, learning, teaching, honesty, integrity, and much more. It is about more than tips or technique; it is about principles to live by. It is about taking ownership of and responsibility for our lives and relationships with horses and humans. It doesn’t take long to read, but will be with you for life. Experience the profound lessons of this nourishing book.

Out of the Wild

Author: Mark Rashid
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
ISBN: 9781570768194
Release Date: 2016-10-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Now a major motion picture, starring John Diehl, Jean Louisa Kelley, and Ben Ashbrook, directed by Paul Krizan! One dark, vacant Nevada night, cattle rancher Henry McBride closes his eyes—only to open them and find his life suddenly in a shambles, with everything that means anything to him lost forever. Overwhelmed by grief and guilt, Henry drives away from his past as far and as fast as he can; jobs, towns, and whiskey come and go. And then guest ranch owner Jessie King extends an open and forgiving hand, and the arrival of a young mustang stallion—also wounded and alone—ignites a flicker of recognition in Henry. Jessie's powerful ability to connect with horses, and her gentle attempts to connect with Henry, slow him down long enough to let him heal just a little. But when Jessie’s former ranch manager returns with murder in mind, the fragile world she, Henry, and the stallion are building together threatens to come crashing down.

Evidence Based Horsemanship

Author: Stephen Peters
Publisher:
ISBN: 1600476856
Release Date: 2012-02
Genre: Pets

Most horsemen agree that timing, feel, and balance are the holy trinity of horsemanship. The balance is brilliant: scientific facts and the empirical evidence to support those facts assembled by two highly respected professionals in their respective disciplines.

Understanding Your Horse s Emotions

Author: Larry Bensusan
Publisher: J. A. Allen, Limited
ISBN: 0851319947
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Nature

What does a horse think, what does it see, hear, smell and feel, and how do emotions affect the horse's existence? This book helps the reader take the first step on a journey of discovery. If we can understand the way horses see the world—in every sense of the word—we can unlock the key to their emotions and understand what prompts them to do certain things. By highlighting many characteristics of the horse that are often overlooked by owners and riders—for instance, that horses first see negativity using their left eye; or that they first smell objects using their right nostril—the book thus reveals many aspects of the horse that will be unknown to many and explains why and how this can help us with our training. It also explores how our own emotions and actions can affect the horse. The information is based on scientific research but presented in an easy-to-read format, and throughout the text there are practical tips for the rider and anecdotes of the author's experiences of working with both riders and horses.

Out of the Wild

Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440634062
Release Date: 2008-06-19
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Beware the Wild?it bites. Ever since Julie Marchen helped defeat the fairytale world of the Wild, life?s been pretty much back to normal. That is, as normal as life can be for a girl whose mom is Rapunzel. Yes, that Rapunzel. Then the Wild mysteriously releases Zel?s prince (Julie?s dad!)?a rescue-minded hero who crashes full-speed ahead into the 21st century! (YOU try teaching a 500-year-old prince to use a seatbelt.) Julie?s over the moon, but when a wicked Fairy Godmother kidnaps Sleeping Beauty and reawakens the Wild, Julie and her dad set off on an action-packed adventure to save the distressed damsel? and the world. If they can?t, they?ll spend eternity in a fairytale.

Nature in Horsemanship

Author: Mark Rashid
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781628731583
Release Date: 2011-10-01
Genre: Pets

The popular and highly respected horse trainer Mark Rashid brings together Western and Eastern philosophies to demonstrate a seamless new incarnation of horse training. After years of helping “difficult” horses, Mark Rashid understands how to build the foundation of a horse’s training and resolve any problems encountered along the way. He explains how he allows the traditionally firm or assertive approach of the old Western style to take some lessons from the softer conflict resolution and ego reduction approach that the Japanese martial art of aikido teaches. Rashid’s ultimate goal is for harmony between horse and rider.