The Man Who Listens to Horses Mass Market Paperback – 1998
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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.Read more ›
THe one thing Monty definitely did NOT make up is his so called method - reading 'horse language' and communicating with horses has been done for 1000s of years! It's not an old versus new thing. His claim that "everybody was horribly cruel until I came along" is an insult to many kind and humane people who work with horses and have done so in the past. That is hard to forgive.
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Very interesting. Amazing compassion showed for man and animals. Really shows the impact a father can have on his son.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Monty worked out a great procedure to persuade a horse to accept a rider. He kindly made it available to others so that the original cruel 'taming' need not take place. Read morePublished on June 1 2014 by Patricia Morrison
This book seamlessly integrates emotional, philosophical and technical development of a remarkable human being, teaching us all about making a better life for us all as fellow... Read morePublished on April 25 2014 by William L. Day
It's amazing how body language reveals far more than we realize! I've come to believe that men are two-legged horses :)Published on March 20 2014 by Amira Abdellatif
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... Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2013 by Deerpath
So much relevance not just to horses but to life!
Haven't finished yet but enjoyed it alot so far!
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2013 by Val
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. Read morePublished on May 10 2013 by connoisseur