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Perfect Confidence: Overcoming Fear, Gaining Confidence and Achieving Success with Horses [Paperback]

Kelly Marks
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Book Description

4 Oct 2007

'Some people dream of winning while others dream of losing their fears'

However ambitious or basic your goal, Kelly Marks is on hand to help you make that dream a reality. Despite major setbacks early on, Kelly Marks was determined to live a life with horses and went on to win BSJA showjumping championships and major races as a Lady Jockey; she finished her racing career winning the Ladies European Championship. Kelly has since gone on to become Britain's most popular Equine Problem Solver and founder of the Intelligent Horsemanship organisation, which helps horses and people worldwide. Kelly's first two books went on to be international bestsellers, but this book could be her most valuable yet. As true horse people know, while technique and knowledge are essential for good horsemanship, how you feel about yourself is the missing link to the greatest results. Using the proven techniques in this book you will learn how to:

Resolve your fears when dealing with horses

Be the confident person your horse needs you to be

Be your own best friend as well as your horse's

Stop making excuses

Plan your goals and reach your dreams

Plan hacking success or championship success!


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Perfect Confidence: Overcoming Fear, Gaining Confidence and Achieving Success with Horses + Perfect Manners: How You Should Behave So Your Horse Does Too + Perfect Partners: How to be the owner that your horse would choose for himself
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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (4 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091917735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091917739
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kelly's insight into people as well as horses is amazing. This book is truly inspirational." (Monty Roberts)

"Not surprisingly, Kelly has the happiest horses I've ever met" (Daily Mail)

"Inspirational! Kelly's insight into humans as well as horses is exceptional" (Monty Roberts)

"Kelly Marks is funny and ebullient. A class act." (The Guardian)

Book Description

Third book in the Perfect... series from the top UK horse-whisperer, Kelly Marks

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Perfect Confidence in Everything You Do! 15 Nov 2007
Format:Paperback
Another outstanding book from Kelly Marks. Every horse handler needs Perfect Manners and Perfect Partners is the next step in building that special relationship with your horse. Now Perfect Confidence completes the Perfect trilogy.

This time Kelly excels herself by showing us how to improve our self esteem and capability, whilst enabling us to set and achieve realistic goals. And if that isn't enough, the book does it in a fun, interactive and easily readable way.

As you would expect there are lots of superb photographs of Kelly's former problem pony, American Pie and some rather unexpected, particulary touching contributions from Kelly's mentor, Monty Roberts, as well as from Kelly's major influence, her father, race horse trainer Douglas Marks, who sadly died before the book went to print.

When you've read it, you can look forward to seeing a different world as things change around you, especially if that world involves a horse.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST SELF HELP BOOK - SO FAR 21 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
AFTER HAVING A FALL SOME YEARS AGO, THEN AFTER RETURNING TO RIDING I FOUND MYSELF BEING A VERY NERVOUS RIDER, I WAS READING THIS BOOK AND WAS THINKING I CAN'T DO THAT, BUT I FOUND THAT I COULD, THAT EVERY TIME I HAVE A NEGATIVE THOUGHT ( SUCH AS I AM GOING TO FALL OFF, I AM GOING TO GET HURT ), I CAN REPLACE IT WITH A POSTIVE ONE, I HAVE HAD ONE RIDING LESSON SINCE READING THIS BOOK AND AFTERWARDS TWO PEOPLE TOLD ME I RODE REALLY WELL, ( NOBODY NORMALLY SAYS ANYTHING TO ME AFTER A LESSON ), THIS IS MY THIRD CONFINDENCE SELF HELP BOOK ( ALL BY DIFFERENT AUTHORS ) AND IS SIMPLY THE BEST, IT DOES NOT TAKE AWAY YOUR NERVES, BUT NOW I FEEL THAT I CONTROL THEM, NOT THAT THEY CONTROL ME.

Now a year on from reading this book, I can now hack out on roads, canter across fields, can cope with riding new horses, do dressage like ride a horse in a outline, I spent years trying to cope with my nerves and have learnt more in the last year, then in all the years I have been riding, a couple of months ago I fell off and for the first time did not lose confidence. Everyone that knows me has said this book has improved my riding. I have learnt more in the last year then all the years I have been riding put together.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Confidence 17 Oct 2007
By Jeni
Format:Paperback
Having a young horse, and getting older it is difficult to be as confident as I once was!! Couple of falls later confidence was at an all time low. Had bought a different book of Kelly's and it was only ok. But this is very good, helpful without being insulting, and good exercises, actually jumped a very small course today on my mare and haven't jumped for months!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner from Kelly 1 April 2010
Format:Paperback
A brilliant book which has really helped my confidence with my horse.

The book is a mix of case studies, practical excercises and general text interspersed with quality pictures which holds the reader's interest from start to finish It's well worth taking the time to work through the excercises to get maximum benefit.

Kelly's friendly, conversational style makes this not only an enjoyable read but a great guide which I'll be referring to again and again.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 30 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
I would definitely recommend this book it takes some reading if you do all of the exercises but its worth it. The only downside to this book is that I did not read it a year ago when I lost my confidence, as I've realised all the time i've missed not enjoying my horse. My instructor has noticed a huge difference in my riding since reading the book I am 100x more confident. Thank you Kelly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my life! 1 April 2010
By K8
Format:Paperback
I found perfect confidence on Amazon a few years ago, Everything I read 'just made sense'! I think its a must have for anyone involved with horses. And I've got my confidence back!! :) Thanks Kelly!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning to live the dream 12 April 2010
Format:Paperback
I first read Perfect Confidence just after a nasty fall where I broke my arm. It not only helped me back into the saddle again but helped reconnect with the joy of being on a horse. But this book is about more than overcoming fear and nerves around horses, its about confidence in all you do and making your dreams and ambitions reality. Kelly's style is straight forward, accessible humourous and empowering - I've recommended this book to horsey and non-horsey friends who have also found it useful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tool kit for Success 11 April 2010
Format:Paperback
A very practical approach to the mental shannigans we can find ourselves in when it comes to our equine (and human friends and collegues) ... a work book approach demistifies the physcology of confidence and success. It's clearly written very readible. Should be compulsory reading for all riding / equestrian coaches .. or anyone who teaches / coaches full stop. Its worth reading even if you would normally count yourself as a confident rider..understanding why you are confident will help you STAY confident.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars As u would expect..
Typical Kelly book, bright, informative and positive. I enjoyed reading it and taking part in the various little tasks she gets u to do throughout..
Published 5 months ago by karen
2.0 out of 5 stars not a great read
I did,nt find it a very inspiring book at all.It totally lost my attention after the first few pages.Sorry but not a fan of this book.
Published 6 months ago by mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended read for all horse people.
I love this book. Kelly Marks is a highly gifted horse woman. After reading through this book it made you realise that any rider can improve their riding, knowledge and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by La Ree Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always
Love all of Kelly Marks books :) excellent read! This book definitely inspired me to become more confident around my horse. would recommend.
Published 13 months ago by Daniel McGlynn
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable
Still haven't managed to work my way through to the end of this as I seem to have regained my confidence without doing so. Read more
Published 15 months ago by R. Christie
4.0 out of 5 stars Down to earth advice
and very helpful in helping with loss of confidence like I had. It helps you understand that you just take your time and gradually you do realise it often just takes time to get... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rbd421
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book
This book is awesome totally helped me get on the road to getting my old confidence back love it love it thankyou Kelly marks
Published 21 months ago by sarah b
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my life with horses and at work!
I returned to riding after a long break and a serious hacking accident. I read through the book a couple of times and had small successes instantly. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2012 by Smurfsbird
5.0 out of 5 stars nice book
Good stuff by an experienced horsewoman. Easy but meaningful reading without judgment. A must have if you have any fear issues with your horse
Published on 15 Jan 2012 by Donna Ketcheson
2.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense
I didn't really get this book, took me ages to wade through it. I know Kelly Marks is a well respected horse woman and agree that she is possibly well placed to advise and help... Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2011 by Hattie
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