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Riding the Outlaw Trail: In the Footsteps of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Eye Classics)
Riding the Outlaw Trail: In the Footsteps of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Eye Classics)
by Simon Casson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Welfare issues for horses, 24 Nov. 2012
A fantastic adventure for boys. But if you have any concern for horse welfare do not read. The bickering between the participants is very sad too.
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A Carrion Death
A Carrion Death
by Michael Stanley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Botswana, 20 Jun. 2011
This review is from: A Carrion Death (Paperback)
If you like the 'Bony' novels of Arthur Upfield or the 'Chee' books by Tony Hillerman - try this. I took this book to Botswana for a riding safari so I could have done with a little more background on the country in this book. But as a good read, with a happy detective it was refreshing.


My Beaver Colony
My Beaver Colony
by Lars Wilsson
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars I love beavers, 11 Jan. 2011
This review is from: My Beaver Colony (Hardcover)
As someone who goes to the States often and sits by a beaver dam waiting to see them this book made me smile. I was correct that they have a routine as I would always know I could see them at 7am. It's great to hear about someone who respects beavers and is interested in their behaviour.


The Horse Boy: A Father's Miraculous Journey to Heal His Son
The Horse Boy: A Father's Miraculous Journey to Heal His Son
by Rupert Isaacson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Great story - pity about equine behaviour comments, 29 Dec. 2010
I thought this was a great book but a pity that the horse lowering its head and licking and chewing is incorrectly interpreted as submission.


The Last Secrets Of The Silk Road: Four Girls Follow Marco Polo Across 5,000 Miles
The Last Secrets Of The Silk Road: Four Girls Follow Marco Polo Across 5,000 Miles
by Alexandra Tolstoy
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars The Far Distant Oxus, 20 Jun. 2009
"Samarkand", the "far distant Oxus" - these very names bring to mind tantalising parts of the world that one only dreams about. However in Alexandra Tolstoy's book she actually crosses the Oxus and visits Samarkand with its famous Registan Square. Her journey is from Merv in Turkmenistan through central Asia to Xian in China following the Silk Route described by Marco Polo.

This book is both exciting and informative and gives insight into the difficulties of interacting with a group of friends over long distances, difficult terrain and coping with different personalities. There is the beginning of a true life love story the conclusion of which becomes apparent at the end of the book. There is comedy as they have to deal with assistants whose first language is not English and near tragedy as the horses and camels become ill and have to be treated. Just the basic details of camping in wild and exotic lands where anything can happen is fascinating . The "girls" start off on horses and forge strong bonds with their mounts and then move on to camels to cope with the harsh desert conditions. The privations of life on a long distance route take their toll both mentally and physically but in the end everyone pulls together and by the end of the journey harmony is regained.


Life Lessons from a Ranch Horse
Life Lessons from a Ranch Horse
by Mark Rashid
Edition: Paperback

40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horse teaches man, 29 May 2004
Anyone who has had a special relationship with a horse, or indeed any animal will recognise the sentiments of this book.
Mark Rashid was given Buck as a seven year old and noticed that he behaved slightly differently to other horses. He studied his behaviour with other horses and his interactions with himself and decided that Buck had a singular talent. Not only did Buck communicate exceptionally well and with very little effort but also he appeared to be able to plan ahead.
Over the years he found that what appeared to be Buck resisting his instructions was in fact an opportunity to learn how to communicate better and to realise that the human is not always instinctively right.
Mark is able to put this knowledge to use in the field of human communication and relationships. It helps him learn not to avoid conflict but to use it in a positive way, giving both parties time to think, making it easier to find an amicable solution.
Along the way he tells stories of working cattle and events at his clinics including the perennial subject of trailer loading problems. He explains how horses fit into different categories of not wanting to load with the exceptions and oddities and how we humans get frustrated and find it difficult to understand when a horse appears not to fit into one of these categories. He tells several very moving stories of horses trying to communicate something very specific to their owners i.e. there is ALWAYS a reason why a horse does or does not do something we ask.
He applies what he learnt from Buck to life in general, with philosophical deliberations that may be puzzling to those who have read his previous, more straightforward, anecdotal books.
Mark really gives of himself in this book and shows the great humility that great horsemen and women have. It reminded me of Alois Podhasjsky's book "My Horses, My Teachers"


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