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The Man Who Listens to Horses Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 1998

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034542705X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345427052
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.4 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,138,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER

"Riveting and inspirational."
-The "New York Times" Book Review

"Absorbing . . . engrossing . . . [Monty] Roberts's story is more fascinating and profound than any told in fiction. . . . ["The Man Who Listens to Horses" is] the kind of life-altering book you never want to finish."
"-San Francisco Chronicle"

"Observing Monty's philosophy and method of working with horses and people is one of the most profoundly deep, awe-inspiring, and heart-opening experiences I've ever witnessed. I highly recommend this book to everyone."
-Jack Canfield, co-author of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul "series

""The Man Who Listens to Horses "has a style that's every bit as graceful as Roberts's horse-gentling. . . . Roberts's rememberings will touch the hearts of any who ever have known a deep love and respect for an animal."
"-Lexington Herald-Leader"

"A groundbreaking account . . . All occupants of this earth would be wise to listen to Roberts, who offers a road map to a kinder, gentler place."
-"Tulsa World
"

"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
"Riveting and inspirational."
-The "New York Times" Book Review
"Absorbing . . . engrossing . . . [Monty] Roberts's story is more fascinating and profound than any told in fiction. . . . ["The Man Who Listens to Horses" is] the kind of life-altering book you never want to finish."
"-San Francisco Chronicle"
"Observing Monty's philosophy and method of working with horses and people is one of the most profoundly deep, awe-inspiring, and heart-opening experiences I've ever witnessed. I highly recommend this book to everyone."
-Jack Canfield, co-author of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul "series
""The Man Who Listens to Horses "has a style that's every bit as graceful as Roberts's horse-gentling. . . . Roberts's rememberings will touch the hearts of any who ever have known a deep love and respect for an animal."
"-Lexington Herald-Leader"
"A groundbreaking account . . . All occupants of this earth would be wise to listen to Roberts, who offers a road map to a kinder, gentler place."
-"Tulsa World
"

"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
Riveting and inspirational.
The "New York Times" Book Review
Absorbing . . . engrossing . . . [Monty] Roberts s story is more fascinating and profound than any told in fiction. . . . ["The Man Who Listens to Horses" is] the kind of life-altering book you never want to finish.
" San Francisco Chronicle"
Observing Monty s philosophy and method of working with horses and people is one of the most profoundly deep, awe-inspiring, and heart-opening experiences I ve ever witnessed. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Jack Canfield, co-author of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul "series
"The Man Who Listens to Horses "has a style that s every bit as graceful as Roberts s horse-gentling. . . . Roberts s rememberings will touch the hearts of any who ever have known a deep love and respect for an animal.
" Lexington Herald-Leader"
A groundbreaking account . . . All occupants of this earth would be wise to listen to Roberts, who offers a road map to a kinder, gentler place.
"Tulsa World
"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

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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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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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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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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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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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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I really enjoyed reading Man Who Listens to Horses, Monty Roberts' work is just amazing. I do not have my own horse but when I do I will know how to treat them better now and to understand them move. I could hardly put the book down as I just wanted to know what he done next. I highly recommend reading this book as it really is such a pleasure to read. I have also read 2 other Monty Roberts books - The Horses of my Life, and Shy boy, both are great also, hearing about his life with horses.
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The autobiography of a man who learnt to understand how horses 'talked' to each other by watching wild mustangs as a child. He learned how to interact with them using this language and has become famous for his horse training skills worldwide. There is more to Monty Roberts than horse whispering however,including his extended foster family and film stunt riding. A facinating and humbling insight into a remarkable man.
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a fascinating read from a person with incredible empathy. anyone with an interest in animals and their welfare will be drawn ever further into the book.
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