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  • Audio Cassette: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Random House US Audio; abridged edition edition (5 Aug. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679460446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679460442
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,724,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wild horses should not drag you away from finding out more about Monty Roberts" (Independent)

"The horse whisperer in action... more exciting than his fictional counterpart" (Observer)

"Contains enough plotlines to keep Dick Francis busy for years" (Spectator)

"For anyone who cares about animals and would like to get on with them better, it is required reading" (John Oaksey Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The worldwide bestselling autobiography of a man with a unique gift for communicating with horses. A man whose gift is recognised by top horse breeders and racehorse trainers throughout the world. Monty Roberts is a real horse whisperer. A must-buy for horse lovers and fans of Nicholas Evans' novel The Horse Whisperer, adapted into a box office hit starring Robert Redford and Scarlett Johansson. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Monika on 4 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a fascinating autobiography of one of the most sought-after horse trainers in the world. Monty Roberts takes us from his childhood, growing up on a ranch in California, all the way up through the years right before the book was first published in 1996. He learned to ride at a very young age and was quite successful on the rodeo circuit and in reined cow horse competitions. But what really gave him his ambition to develop a method of communicating with horses was the abuse with which he saw his father treat horses, and the the abuse he himself received from his father. Convinced that there must be a better way to train horses, he observed the behavior of mustangs, and ultimately came up with a technique he calls 'join-up'.
'Join-up' involves working with a horse in a round pen, first encouraging the horse to flee around the perimeter by making steady eye contact and assuming an imposing stance. The handler then watches for three tell-tale signs that the horse wishes to communicate - first the horse will lock his inside ear on the handler, then begin licking and chewing, and finally lower his head near the ground as he travels around the pen. Once the horse has given these signals, the handler takes his/her eyes off the horse and shifts away from from the animal. At this point the horse will usually come up behind the handler and stand very close, allowing the handler to touch him. Then the horse can be saddled, bridled, and at last, mounted and ridden. (This is a very truncated explanation - the book goes into much more detail.)
Of course Roberts was not the first to use methods like these. Some other reviewers here have complained about this fact, accusing him of taking undue credit. But Roberts himself admits this in his book.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C LcMcB on 20 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
After reading the Horse Whisperer, I wanted to know more about a real Horse Whisperer. And I was delighted to read The Man Who Listens to Horses. I unfortunately do not own a horse, but it made me understand what I have done wrong in the past while taking lessons. This book really puts an emphasis on horses behaviour and I am sure it will help every owner or horse lover like myself. Monty seems such a great and genuine man that I feel now that I would like to visit his ranch "Flag Is Up" for more advice! Definitely a good read.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 May 2000
Format: Paperback
I've only had contact with horses for a year or so, and have always been a little weary, some would say fearful, of their power. So it was with a little apprehension that I sat to read this book. Its the first book I've read cover to cover in less than a week, and it was truly an revelation. I wished it would never end! For those who have broken horses in the conventional manner, you will be ashamed of your actions and enlightened by this book. For those with no contact with horses whatsoever, you will be wanting to get in the saddle before page 50. By page 250 you may have made the best and most satisfying friendship of your life..
This book truly changes your outlook on life. For the better of all species.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 2001
Format: Paperback
I have had a love/hate relationship with horses all my life. They thrill and terrify me in equal measure with their beauty and power. This book made me understand why horses sometimes behave the way they do and made me realise the great disservice human kind has done this wonderful animal. I could not put the book down and didn't want it to end; it's made me want to learn more and has inspired me to try to overcome my fear of riding horses, to look at them from a different standpoint. A brilliant book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Oct. 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a must for anyone not just for people who love horses. Not only is it well written and a great read ,but it also shows you how to train in horses with respect and kindness i have trained in a lot of horses in my life but after reading this book i changed the way i do it now ,And the horses came to hand a lot quicker. The man in my opinion is a GENIUS
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A reader on 14 July 2009
Format: Paperback
Went to see Monty at one of his 'Join Up' sessions (a birthday treat from my husband) and was totally in awe of this incredible guy who had such amazing ability over horses. Was quite shocked at his claims to have had multiple bones broken by his violent father but couldn't help but admire him for the way he'd overcome incredible odds to be in the position he is in now. Couldn't wait to find out more about him so purchased "The Man Who Listens to Horses".
Wow - what a book - just couldn't put it down, an incredible read - better than fiction!!! But ... well, that was it.. could this roller coaster life of his really be true? I mean well... Elizabeth Taylor's stunt double and the buddy James Dean was driving to meet when he had his fatal crash - I had to verify but the more I tried to substantiate his stories the less I believed them. His violent father??? - simply not true say his younger brother Larry, his aunt and his cousin and many of the others who knew him and his family. Read "Horse Whispers and Lies" available free on the internet and written by his aunt and cousin. Also "Horse of a Different Color" by John Skow in Time Life Magazine. Nicholas Evans the author of "The Horse Whisperer" also denies that Monty was the model for Tom Booker, the subject of his book (see his website). And so it goes on and on.....
So to summarise I really admire Monty and his work with horses but cannot accept that his so called autobiography is anything other than fiction. A really good read but simply not totally true and Monty the truth really does matter.
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