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Perfect Partners: How to be the owner that your horse would choose for himself Paperback – 1 Sep 2005

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  • 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)

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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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This is a lovely book, in which Kelly Marks sets out what anyone who handles, trains or rides horses needs to do in order to become the partner a horse would choose for himself. She points out how often our demands and expectations regarding horses are unreasonable and unrealistic. She does not accept that horses do things ‘for no reason at all’. ‘Insensitivity to the horse, in the many forms it can take, is the prime reason why horses suddenly do “bad” things “for no reason at all”. Sometimes the horses protest dramatically and in some cases they protect themselves by becoming totally unresponsive and shutting down altogether’ (p.14)
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.
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Kelly Marks is somewhat of a pioneer in what is a revolution in Mans relationship with the Horse. She is one of those types of people referred to as a Social Architect. With her books, demonstrations, television work and courses she is making information available that will help shape the horse-world of the future.
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.
Mark Robertson
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Kelly Marks is one of the rare people who can teach you so much without seeming to. You will have so many tools at your fingertips when you've read this book and enjoy reading her witty and funny anecdotes along the way.
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.
TRULY BRILLIANT!
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I am the mother of a girl who has a lovely pony who could misbehave and rear and bronc on occasions, especially in new surroundings. We were disatisfied with the traditional advice we received from some instuctors that he was just being "naughty" and needed "whacking" on a regular basis. My daughter was told to not to be afraid to hit her pony and was even given demonstrations about how to do it as she was not firm enough! However, this did not work and the pony started to become worse and more unpredictable.
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!
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I have had trouble finding a word to describe this book as 'sensational' or even 'outstanding' does not do it full justice. As I avidly read through , it excited me hugely... a book written by someone who truly understands, and honours horses . EVERY horse lover should have a copy of this book, I cannot recommend it highly enough. This book is easy to understand ,full of truth, insight, first rate advice and integrity. Kelly has produced a masterpiece! Beautiful photos too.
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After Perfect Manners, the next steps, to the Perfect Partnership with your horse, are clearly explained. Every chapter makes you think about developing the special relationship you have with your horse.
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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