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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada; 1st Vintage Canada ed., 1998 edition (Jan. 26 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0676971288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0676971286
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 173 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.


"The Man Who Listens to Horses will first break, then mend your heart.... A riveting and inspirational story.... Read it. Monty Roberts will make you marvel." -The New York Times Book Review

"Utterly engrossing.... For those who have ridden the high plains country, wide open, atop a horse in the full, mature glory of its strength, the only honest reaction after reading the book is to smile in warm agreement." -Michael Enright, The Globe and Mail

"Mesmerizing.... The kind of life-altering book you never want to finish." -San Francisco Chronicle

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Format: Hardcover
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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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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Format: Hardcover
I noticed that most of you people who wrote the other book reviews trashed the book or the writer! I mean you totally missed the whole point of the book. We don't even know the writer, but you can read about him from the book. You can actually read between the lines. I think Monty Roberts is a very dedicated horseman who wants to make the world better for horse. I admire his love and understanding of horses. He has discovered a way to communicate with them, to really get to know them. Nobody actually tried that before. They abused horses. Monty Roberts did too, but he learnt from it. I know he did write about his family but those events were important to do with his life around horses and his communication methods. And it makes the book more real and interesting like it really happened.The whole point of the book was about HORSES. He wanted us to make life better for them and he shared his knowledge that he gained with us. He stepped upon the language'Equus' when he went to study mustangs in the wild when he was 14. This book is all about horses and combined with his narration of his life gives it a wonderful quality above other books. Monty Roberts also trained Shy Boy. He wrote a book about it. He's real and the story's real. The horses are living, breathing creatures and the words like them come to life under Monty Roberts. He wants to give them a better quality of life.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I saw Monty on local public television, here in the Tampa bayarea a couple of years ago. A year later, Monty did another telethonfor our local public television station, and his first book-now in paperback, was becoming available in the local mass market book stores. I couldn't get my hands on it fast enough. The book is well crafted. It is divided into several chapters, with titles that tell you at what point in the story you are at in Montys life. It will enable you to schedule time to read the book in brief sessions, if you choose. The book not only covers the Horse whisperer Monty, but the other things monty has done in his life that are not as well known. But they all go together to make up the puzzle that is Monty Roberts. I would like to say emphatically that the real horse whisperer has no correlation to the movie by the same name. Monty Roberts has only been married once, is married to the same woman, and is a foster dad to several children as well. This book would appeal to several kinds of people. If your interest is in horses, monty's life will tell you how to be successful with horses. If you want to learn how to be successful at something you love, read montys book, and it will outline the basics of that too. Montys book will also show you that if you have a bonafide talent, with a lot of hard work, you will probably succeed, with the predictable users, injustises, and setbacks. If you would like to find out what it would be like to "live the life you've always wanted, " montys book will show you the glorious side, the hard work side, the sacrifices side, and the what will my real pay check be, side. I haven't read a biography/expose book in several years that I have enjoyed as much as montys. And if you haven't seen the story of his life, get the video(s).Read more ›
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