A groundbreaking book on developing trust and harmony between horses and humans through the use of an innovative visual language.
I found that it took a couple of readings to get the best out of this book and have returned to it many times since then. KFH himself states that you should not begin ANY of the exercises until you have read the book from cover to cover and then begun to read it again. I have to agree despite my initial dismissal of this (huh? he thinks I'm simple )
The layout of the book is a little difficult to follow, there are examples of Klaus' work with young feral horses interspersed with clinics that he runs (providing illustrations of the communication techniques that the book is all about) exercises to perform and 'how to ride' chapters.
However, despite all of these foibles I found this book to be very useful. The clarity and detail in both text and photos of specific exercises - such as leading, working on a lunge or liberty work makes up for its shortcomings. For the first time an author details HOW to use your body in groundwork with a horse - the use of mimcry, the positions and 'zones of dominance or subservience' when working with a horse, what signals and actions will get a horse's attention and how to specifically communication such ideas as 'stop', bring your hind end under (collection), turn or come past.
If you wish to improve your communication skills this is an excellent guide.