This is not your run of the mill horse training book. KFH does not tell you how to do lead changes, or how to hold your reins, or post, none of that. It's more about making the connection with your horse by changing what's inside of you. My take is if YOU are confident and grounded, you come across as the leader and the horse relaxes and can be a horse. Which is what he wants!
I have a timid horse who is also very intelligent and I have no doubt that if I can change ME, I can then have a wonderful partnership with my horse. This special one needs something I am not projecting and I have high hopes that this book will have the horse seeking me. (Well, he does seek me, but he's not confident when I ride him, lol!)
It is a book you will have to read and re-read, IMO, to get what is being said. There is a lot about body language that needs to be studied also. KFH is a bit of a philosopher too; but that's a good thing. Some might be turned off when he talks about the world in general, but it is who he is.
I will try to update later this spring after I have tried some of the concepts in this book.
Jan 2012 I am adding an update to this review because I had such fanstastic break through with my horse after reading this book and applying what I learned. It didn't happen over night, but little by little we made progress. I had to get to another place within me, and that was a bit difficult. We took lots of walks, might sound funny walking a 16H horse like a dog, but it was time well spent. Walking with purpose, and doing all my interactions with purpose and quiet confidence helped so much. You can't lie to a horse, they pick up on our moods and insecurities. I had to believe before he would believe.
I also would suggest "Dressage for the New Age" by Dominique Barbier. Don't let the term "dressage" keep you from reading this book...as the back cover says: "To achieve the cooperation of one's horse on a mental plane, rather than through the application of physical force alone, should be the goal of every true horseman."