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The Man Who Listens to Horses [Paperback]

Monty Roberts
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Jan. 26 1999
This spellbinding memoir details the extraordinary life of Monty Roberts: a man whose gentle, compassionate training methods - transforming the once brutal practice of horse-breaking throughout the world - are redefining the way we think about communication, not only between other species but between ourselves. Over the past year, more than a million people have been uplifted by Roberts' book - from animal lovers to business leaders, and everyone in between. Amusing, poignant, riveting and humane, The Man Who Listens to Horses is that rare book that brings us into the company of a man and his magic, and opens us to the world of animals.

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Monty Roberts is, as they say, the real horse whisperer--even if he does revile the last third of Nicholas Evans's romance. Yet Roberts also makes clear from the start that listening and close attention have more to do with gentling an animal than soi-disant whispering. As far as he's concerned, silent communication can "effectively cross over the boundary between human (the ultimate fight animal) and horse (the flight animal). Using their language, their system of communication, I could create a strong bond of trust. I would achieve cross-species communication." And achieve it he does. After one short session, he has even the wildest stallion nickering with ungulate abandon.

Roberts's descriptions of "joining up," as he calls it with horses--as well as with the deer who cavort on his California farm like so many hyperintelligent Bambis--are inspirational in the best sense of the word. Surprisingly, though, it took him long years to persuade most of the humans in his life that pain and punishment are not the way to go. Indeed, the author expends many a page on past mistakes and disasters, familial and professional. Yet The Man Who Listens to Horses remains a powerfully positive document--and not just for Mr. Ed. Best of all, when it comes to his life's work, Roberts is far more practical than mystical. Instead of portraying himself as Equus's messiah, he'd rather share his hard-won knowledge. Having overcome years of rejection and ridicule, the author is certainly not short in the self-esteem department, as some passages in this book demonstrate. No matter. He always checks his ego before entering the corral. --Kerry Fried --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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YAABy the time he was seven years old, Roberts knew that he wanted to work with horses for a living. An experienced rider, competing in horse shows since age four, he began to understand how horses communicate by observing wild mustangs on the Nevada range. How he progressed from child rodeo star to horse trainer for Queen Elizabeth II is an inspiring story of quiet persistence in dealing with an abusive father, losing his first horse, and facing rejection and ridicule because of his unique, nonviolent training methods. Told in a matter-of-fact way, this narrative looks into the horse business from rodeo to racetrack as experienced by a "real-life horse whisperer." The appendix offers a guide to the join-up method of training that Roberts developed. Young adults will enjoy the story and gain insights into dealing with adults and following their dreams.ABetsy E. Pfeffer, Northern Virginia Community College
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The elegance of simplicity. March 20 2014
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It's amazing how body language reveals far more than we realize! I've come to believe that men are two-legged horses :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Gift Oct. 2 2013
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I gave "The Man Who Listens To Horses" to my friend for his birthday. He really loved it. The book gives such a thorough and insightful account of training, handling, and relating to horses. Monty Roberts shares such a wealth of personal experience with horses in this book. His sensitivity to horses as documented in this volume is very touching. I recommend this book highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! Aug. 29 2013
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So much relevance not just to horses but to life!
Haven't finished yet but enjoyed it alot so far!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing Aug. 27 2013
By Val
Monty Robert is an amazing man and this book is for all the horse lovers who are truly looking to have a special and trusting relationship with their horse.
I have read all the books by Monty and never once was I disappointed (Shyboy, horse sense for people... even the book by Joe Camp is a great read!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've ever read! May 10 2013
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Quite possibly the best book I've ever read. Very moving true story. I also have a great love for horse and understand where he is coming from. I would recommend this book to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book literally changed my life!... May 30 2002
By Ingrid
I got the book from my brother for christmas a couple years ago, and when I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. In my opinion, it was a great book! After I read it, I kept thinking about how I could communicate with horses better. I had never thought too much about horses having their own language, but after reading this book I ALWAYS thought about it. I started to do things about horse slaughter, such as finding this really sad poem and posting it all over the internet, and signing petitions and such. I have read "The Man Who Listens To Horses" five to ten times and I'm in the middle of reading it now. I love stories where people, or animals, do things differently than society is used to. I really appriciate the fact that Monty explained the Equus language at the back of the book. I started trying them out with the horses at the stable I rode at and I grew obsessed. I went and saw Pat Parelli a couple days ago, and now I know for sure that if I ever get a horse and I train him, I'll combine Monty Roberts and Pat Parelli's methods to train him. I STRONGLY recommend you read this book. It'll open your mind...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Book by an Amazing Man May 24 2001
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The Man Who Listens to Horses By Monty Roberts
Reviewed by Ashley Sutton
For hundreds of years, people have trusted the traditional way of training horses. This method uses beatings, pain, and suffering to break the horse's spirit and force him to obey. This practice was considered normal, but the consequences of "breaking" a horse this way are tragic. Horses lose their trust toward humans, and while many people are aware of this loss, it seemed that this was the only effective way to train horses. But one day, Monty Roberts went out into the wilderness of Nevada to watch the wild mustangs that roamed there. It was observing the herd's strict disciplinary procedures that brought Monty to noticing a pattern in the horses' behavior, a kind of "language." He called this language "Equus," and his knowledge of Equus helped him discover join-up, efficient, painless way to train horses. In The Man Who Listens to Horses, Monty Roberts tells of his childhood, his discovery of Equus and join-up, and of the many obstacles that stood in his way of sharing his methods with others. Now sixty-six years old, Monty "is squarely built, and at 240 pounds on a five-foot-four-inch frame, he is much heavier than he looks," says Lawrence Scanlon, who wrote the introduction to the book. His vision is impaired; he can only see black, white, and a wide array of gray tones. Monty grew up around horses, since his father was a well-known horse trainer. Throughout his childhood, Monty witnessed the cruel methods of breaking horses that his father used. His disagreements with his father were a main factor in what made his so determined to stop these methods. Monty's father was a firm believer in sacking-out, in other words, tying a horse up and beating him into submission.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is for anyone who cares for or has ever cared about horses, or animals in general. It strenghtens the believe that trust in this world gets you further than anything else. My father always used to say 'if your word is no good and your handshake means nothing, then what are you worth?'

Trust has become a very rare commodity in our world, and the work of Monty with the horses and people in his life shows that the sky is the limit with good old fashioned trust.

Excellent read - lots of good solid info that can be applied to daily living. Confirms that simple patience is the key.

Good honest read - heart breaking at times but lots of laughs and you come away with a good feeling and lots to think about.

Highly recommend this book!
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