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Good, basic outline of horsemanship
on 17 April 2012
This book is nicely written with clear diagrams. It has step by step instructions on how to have a better communication with your horse. In my opinion, you would probably benefit more by also having at least one basic lesson with someone who teaches natural horsemanship.
I wanted to my horse to have a bit more respect for me, as he can occassionally be bargy, i.e. he tends to take me where he wants to go...usually to a big patch of lush grass!!! I saw this book having heard of natural horsemanship, and tried some of the basic exercises. The desensitising excercises I seemed to do with no problem. Then I tried the walking back by nose touch..no problem, then the walk back from a distance. He just stood there. In the problem solving bit it says increase your energy, which I did and he ended up rearing up, and then he was stamping his front foot. This took me by surprise as he is normally really placid apart from dragging me to grass.
Thinking I was creating more of a monster, I decided to have a lesson with a parelli horsemanship instructor. She explained what his body language was saying to me, which this book didn't.
Earlier I said the desensitising seemed to go ok as he just stood still. My instructor said yes, he is standing still, however, how he was holding himself was in a way to say "I'm tolerating what you're doing but I'm not over joyed by it!" The book doesn't pick out these important points.
Overall, a nice book, but I would use it as a continuation of actually having a lesson from an expert.