- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Press (1 Sept. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091900875
- ISBN-13: 978-0091900878
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.4 x 24.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Perfect Partners: How to be the owner that your horse would choose for himself Paperback – 1 Sep 2005
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"Not surprisingly, Kelly has the happiest horses I've ever met" (Daily Mail)
"...contains sensible, logical advice whatever your training approach...easy to understand, never patronising" (Horse)
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There are so many good things in this book that it’s difficult to mention more than a few of them. One thing I particularly like is the way Kelly insists we should give the horse time to respond; ‘Horses are not connected to Broadband’! She goes on to say, ‘It’s incredible how a person who can take 20 minutes to look through the menu at a restaurant, will expect a horse to react as fast as a pistol when she asks him a completely new question.’ (p.31)
She points out what all too many trainers fail to recognise: horses don’t do as we ask because we are their masters; they make most of their decisions based on comfort or discomfort, on survival vs. non-survival. What so many people call ‘naughtiness’ is usually caused by pain or fear. As Kelly says, ‘Fear is not resistance – fear is fear.’ (p.160)
Kelly teaches us to take responsibility for our emotions and acknowledge the effect they have on our horses.Read more ›
Perfect Partners is a perfect partner to Perfect Manners (A classic in its own right) and sets out the practice and the theory of 21st Century horse handling. She is ahead of her time and thinks in a way that will be adopted in the future by everyone: because it works. It works where traditionally accepted methods fail miserably, often with fatal consequences
My hope is that we will look back and laugh at this book in ten years time and wonder why it was ever needed. Until then though, this book is very much needed. Buy one for yourself, and one for anyone who needs to think about their horsemanship a little more.
You can read it for pleasure or use it like a problem solver for the issue you may be having with your horse.
It would be a great investment for any yard too for people to share the information.
It was most refreshing to read Kelly Mark's book which follows Monty Robert's approach but also widens this into other areas. Slowly but surely my daughter's pony has calmed down and trusts her. He is much happier and his behaviour has dramatically changed for the better. Another horse whose owner we know, asked an instructor in natural horsemanship skills to help box their mare. All the whipping and hitting in the world did not work but the horse now boxes easily after just one session using these techniques.
Well done to Kelly Marks for this informative and readable book. There is a quiet revolution going on out there and long may it continue!
Perfect examples of how to get the best results in ridden activities. Explanations abound, clear steps outlined to make your horse braver, help you long rein successfully or achieve your long term plans.
Another book that will be off the shelf and read over and over again.
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really like Kellys books an how she writes them, some really good tipsPublished 16 months ago by angepp
This is a wonderful manual for every horse fanatic, which lots of colorful fotos, pertinent case histories and fitting quotes and timely tips. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kati K.
Kelly is such a wonderful horsewoman and writer. This book is such a dream to read, it showed me what I was doing right and the massive amount I was doing wrong. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2013 by Just Jenny
I love Kelly Mark's style of writing, speaking to the reader in a matter of fact way. She neither talks down to the reader nor does she assume they know all the current horsey... Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2013 by kathleen
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to develop their relationship and understanding of their horse. Excellent as always!Published on 9 July 2013 by Daniel McGlynn
Good book that helps especially if like me you have lost your confidence/and or have come back into working with horses years after owning them before.Published on 8 Jan. 2013 by Rbd421
There are some books that help you train your horse, but this book is an investment in every horse you ever train, handle on interact with. Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2011 by L. Weston