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Natural Horsemanship Explained: From Heart to Hands [Hardcover]

Robert M. Miller
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27 Dec 2007
Highly respected and internationally acclaimed veterinarian Robert Miller reveals the "secretes" of behavioural psychology that create the bond between horse and rider.By following the easy-to-understand steps to in this practical volume, any rider can create a unique bond with their horse, beginning with the understanding that horses are not afraid of predators, but only of predatory behaviour - which humans can often inadvertently display.Presenting readers with practical information and new insights, this volume uses case histories to demonstrate the success that can be found with natural horsemanship, as well as the latest techniques and innovations.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; 1 edition (27 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159921234X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599212340
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.8 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 700,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I first observed Dr. Miller in Texas in the early 80's while I was a veterinary student. He would travel the country, giving demonstrations of "tube worming" (passing a long plastic tube through a horse's nose into the stomach) in less than cooperative horses. He would take any horse presented to him, rearing, striking, and/or biting, and patiently and methodically demonstrate the procedure using desensitization and counter-conditioning. That was in the days before Karen Parelli Hagen coined the term "natural horsemanship" and during a time when instruction of equine behavior was lacking, or only minimally covered in veterinary curricula. Dr. Miller has been a life-long student of animal (and human) behavior, and his passion for horses is palpable. "Natural Horsemanship Explained" is an easy and entertaining read that elucidates the behavioral science behind the effective training methods popular today. With his keen sense of observation, decades of experience riding and working with horses in his veterinary practice, his wonderful sense of humor, and his obsession with understanding how horses behave, Dr. Miller's book will be a useful addition to the library of anyone who is a horse lover, professional or student, working to improve their skills at reading behavior, communicating, riding or simply enjoying horses. --Sharon J. Spier, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIMProfessor, School of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of California, Davis

About the Author

Robert Miller is the veterinary guru of the natural horsemanship movement. He is a distinguished equine veterinarian and author.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horsemanship bio 7 Feb 2013
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This was a very interesting book of historical facts and facets of the authors life and experiences. As a veterinarian it was very useful as well as an engaging read. I had just finished a much larger book by the same author with Rick Lamb so i found a lot of the book repeated but still well worth the money!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A history of Natural Horsemanship, but not a how-to book 13 April 2008
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I'm a recent horse owner, and I want to relate to and bond with my horse - because I believe that such bonding will improve our relationship. I was looking for specific techniques..for example, what specifically could I do to help my horse with three known problems - shying at running water - even if you reach into a trough and splash it, he shies. Also, panicking when tied, and panicking when taken to a rodeo area. Generally the horse, over 20 and a bit swaybacked, is not going to be ridden much, and he has scars from an ill fitting saddle. I'm mostly worried about ground handling.

Based on the title of this book, I was hoping that it would explain some techniques. It actually explains more techniques of so-called traditional horsemanship - as a negative exposition.

The book was well written in a conversational style. I'm actually convinced of the utility of natural horsemanship. After reading this book, were I in the horse business, I'd seriously want to reevaluate my methods to add more (or switch to) natural horsemanship, as I would believe that Natural horsemanship would create horses that would be easier to handle and would sell for more money or rent for more money or would be more likely to win me a ribbon...the point is that the book advocates for natural horsemanship both sensibly and effectively. My tendency, even before reading this book, was to handle my horse calmly, and with easy quiet methods, but this book laid out why clearly - and told me that I need to do even more things calmly.

What it did not explain was how. I still want to know how to do those things. I've had dog training books before, and they told me, "Hold your hands this way, correct the dog this way, offer praise when you see this cue, withhold praise when you see this cue." Sometimes you want more why from a book like that. This book was all why and no "how".

Maybe that is just not available - I have not found the book that does that for me yet. Maybe I did not recognize it. I still count this as a good book, worth reading. But not the book I needed at this point in my horsemanship education.

I've been negative, but I've still rated the book 4 stars. Excellent, well written. The only issue I have with it is the word "Explained" in the title. If it had been "Natural Horsemanship: The whys explained, from heart to hands" I would have rated the book five stars, despite my needs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for... 21 Mar 2009
By K. Noble - Published on
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I thought this book was excellant, and was just what I was looking for. If you are looking for a "HOW TO" book, this is not it. But if you are already experienced, and looking for a book to more understand how a horse thinks, reacts, and to get you better into that frame of mind so that your reactions become more natural to the horse, this book is for you. Its a keeper and worth rereading sections as necessary for review. I really enjoyed reading it!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best overviews and explanations out there 23 Feb 2009
By Susan P. McKenna - Published on
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I'm not often moved to write reviews, but this book deserves a thoughtful commentary. I've owned horses for more than 40 years. I've read almost all of the clinicians and natural horsemanship books out there. I've attended many of their clinics. In hindsight, I wish I'd started with this book first. Dr. Miller does an excellent job of putting the various theories in perspective, and includes important historical background.

However, what I found absolutely life-changing in my own relationship with my horses (and my fellow humans) was his chapter on chimpanzees. If you read no other, read this one. You will understand your own impulses and impasses to communication far better afterward.

If you're looking for a feel-good, "horses are great" story-romance type of read, this isn't it. But if you are a true student of horses and human-horse communication, this book deserves your time and attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Revolution in Horsemanship and what it means to Mankind 17 Mar 2008
By Amauri Solon Ribeiro - Published on
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Dr. Miller's and Rick Lamb's book is absolutely precious. High editing quality, precise information and brief and clear historical review on horsemanship. The shift in paradigm in what refers to man-horse relation could not be better described. This "Revolution" is indispensable to all those who need/want to research about horsemanship.
5.0 out of 5 stars A sound useful book 18 Dec 2013
By Gustavo Jaramillo - Published on
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This is a very authoritative and complete book written by someone who transmits his vast experience and knowledge with modesty and good taste. Unlike Linda Tellington-Jones' book this one does not claim having discovered the wheel.
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