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4.5 out of 5 stars
Perfect Manners: How You Should Behave So Your Horse Does Too
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on 6 November 2002
If I were allowed to recommend only one book to prospective horse-owners, this would be it. By means of practical exercises, anecdotes and case studies, Kelly Marks takes the reader through every aspect of handling horses with empathy and understanding. She stresses the importance of creating good habits, and sets out her philosophy of training, in which, to use her own words, ‘attitude is everything’. One particularly valuable aspect of this book is the way in which the author explores ways in which problems arise. She does not get stuck, as so many people do, in a kind of ‘single-explanation-single-cure’ rut; instead she explores a variety of possible causes and possible cures. She remains open-minded, and never says ‘this is the only way to do this’. I particularly like the way she stresses that ‘It is so easy to fall into that trap of dealing with the symptoms rather than the real causes’. How I wish more horse trainers would understand this! Kelly insists, and rightly so, on respect for the horse; her response to those who believe horses are stupid because they allow us to ride them is unequivocal: ‘To suggest that if someone is willing to generously work for you they must be stupid speaks more of you as an employer than it does of the employee.’ Quite so.
This is a brilliant book, which should be compulsory reading for every person who trains, rides or handles horses in any way.
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on 12 December 2011
Kelly Marks writes this book as though she is chatting to a good friend. Her warmth and wish to expand everyone's knowledge and understanding is obvious throughout this book. Some may not appreciate her style of writing, personally I am a huge fan. Monty Roberts is a pioneer in his field, he has outlined the important ground principles. Kelly Marks takes it to the next level and has made it accessible for everyone without judgement and an eyes forward approach where the only way is up. I Love(with a capital 'L') this book and have ordered the others in the series.
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on 31 August 2015
This is a fantastic book, written in a way that is easy to understand and relate to. It really helps you understand how a horse thinks. There is a lot of guidance on how to correct problems, and also case studies of Kelly's personal experiences. I am finding this book a valuable tool to help me handle my horse in a better, more positive way :)
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on 17 March 2016
Brilliant book, really helpful! Definitely a must have! So very very insightful and the examples are brilliant and great for helping you to understand what you're dealing with, it puts the situation into context. My bond with my horse has improved greatly and her behaviour is getting better each day:) she seems happier too:) now that to me.. Is priceless :)
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on 29 December 2012
Kelly Marks makes everything regarding horsemanship spring off the page. This book is so readable I could not put it down. I have a beautiful 3 year old horse, that I have just acquired, who will grow into a "BIG" boy. He has not had anything done with him and you can imagine his manners or LACK of them and this book is terrific. I would recommend it to anyone.
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on 13 October 2016
great read, love all things Kelly marks. really useful information that works in practise
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on 15 October 2015
Arrived when expected. Book in good condition. Very good information so far but am working on my pony from the book as I go through it so obviously haven't finish it yet.
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on 2 August 2017
Great book, very informative,
Some really good training methods...
And all achievable with right attitude..
A really good read,
Thoroughly recommend. 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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on 7 January 2014
Marks writes from an extensive horsey background. At the heart of her teachings seems to be the acknowledgement that any one training type does not hold all the answers and that any person working with horses must be above all sensitive and flexible in their methods, willing to adapt, try new things and change. Well done.
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on 25 January 2017
a nice interesting read
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