This is simply the best book I have read on riding horses (and I have read a few) It is easy to read, straightforward, not pompus or too technical, funny, not airey-fairey, heart-warming and very psychologically astute.I bought it when I realised my dream of having a horse and learning to ride in my 50s, taking on a 4 year old rescue piebalb cob.
He is a lovely creature, very self-possessed despite his humble origins but hasn't been easy to ride. Some of this has been issues with my confidence and negative experiences/ expectations, selectively hanging on to the bad bits, being over-awed by his magnificence, making excuses etc (which Perry explores and has settled very well) but my man Stanley isn't easy.
However with Perry's help I feel that I am making very real progress and genuinely feel braver, optimistic, confident (most of the time) and so much closer and 'in tune' with my horse. Perry's outlook has resonated with me and helped to keep me in there and focused. The practical exercises eg. visualisation, modelling etc are invaluable and I am so pleased that I stumbled across this largely unsung book, which is invaluable and stands out as the best book on the subject, ever!
Thoroughly recommended!!!If you want to ride well and love your horse buy this book!