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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CADMOS Publishing Limited (30 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857880012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857880017
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,015,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marlitt Wendt is a behavioural biologist specialising in horses. She champions harmonious cooperation between horse and handler and pro-horse behaviour. Wendt also organises presentations and seminars on alternative training methods and on creative intelligence training for horses.

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Having read a lot and written on this subject it didn't blow my socks off, but it's well organised with a very readable style. I would still recommend this to those new to reading this subject. It's very straight forward in it's presentation of the subject and is a welcome addition to writing on a very important subject.
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Excellent Horsemanship Book 22 Oct. 2011
By Bill Baehr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I make my living with horses and they are my passion. My life depends upon working with horses safely as well as effectively and the best way to do both is to build a great relationship with the horse. I have read hundreds of books on horsemanship and watched hundreds of training dvds in order to try to keep improving my skills. Unfortunately, most all of of the books and dvds are of little value in regard to teaching horsemanship that builds friendship with the horse so that the horse works with you as a partner rather than as a slave or robot. This book teaches better than any other book about how to use the science of behavior to be an effective trainer of a happy horse partner. The book also "pulls the sheet off" of the many horse whispering/natural horsemanship scams that are so popular today.
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Good but too short 2 Oct. 2012
By Houyhnhnm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While I wholeheartedly agree with the main points of Marlitt Wendt's _Trust Instead of Dominance_, I cannot give the book five stars. The first half where she details the nuances of horse social behavior and what she calls "the myth of dominance" is worthy of five stars, but the second half falls short--maybe three stars. While her discussion of a "horse-friendly" training system will leave professionals like me nodding in general agreement--I'm not as fond of using treats as she is--she provides only an outline of a system. My main complaint then is that her book is too short, too skeletal to help most novice horsemen.

Therefore, I recommend reading Alois Podhajsky as well as or perhaps instead of Wendt. Podhajsky makes the same points. In fact, his life illustrates a horse-friendly system of training. I was lucky eough to read Podhajsky's _Complete Training of Horse and Rider_, _My Dancing White Horses_, and _My Horses, My Teachers_ when they came out in the 1960s. They changed my life, especially the latter two. Rather than being egocentric recitations of his glorious years as director of the Spanish Riding School, his autobiographies provide detailed, deep psychological analyses of all the horses he trained. Wendt TELLS the reader about the theory of force-free training; Podhajsky describes and details the work of a man implementing such a system with a variety of horses, including Nero, a TB gelding dismissed from the Austrian cavalry as hopeless, the horse Podhajsky trained and rode to an individual bronze medal in dressage in the 1936 Olympics. Wendt's book is good, but the best thing I can say about it is that it inspired me to reread Podhajsky.
Started well, then fizzles 22 April 2013
By Maref - Published on Amazon.com
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I really liked the first part of the book about the development of horses in different climates and environments, how that affected their herd dynamics and therefore why different breeds of horses have different attitudes to social structure and importance. However, later on when she got into training types, etc. there was a lot of ranting and inaccurate statements. I was very disappointed.
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