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Natural Horsemanship Book Reviews

A selection of books that I feel have a Natural Horsemanship topic/feel.

True Horsemanship Through Feel by Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond

The latest book from one of the masters. At 93 years old, Bill was an active horseman and dedicated rancher who holds a place of honor in the lives of many well-known horsemen. Whether you are learning to rope, ride, start horses or braid rawhide, Bill is still a tireless teacher of beginners and professionals. Bill chose the title of this book because feel is the approach that he takes to horses. He calls this way of working with horses "aa better way" and reminds us that " you don't have to be a genius to lean ths, because anyone who wants to learn it can." In this 376 page book, you'll find hundreds of excellent photos that illustrate basic maneuvers Bill wants us all to practice, and his careful instructions contain the wisdom his life brings to each lesson.

Horses never lie the heart of passive leadership by Mark Rashid

Breaks new ground by challenging the longstanding belief that a person must become the 'alpha leader'. Instead teaches how to become a 'passive leader' - that you should work to become your horse's chosen leader, illustrating with compelling stories how horses change from being indifferent to becoming enthusiastic partners with their owners. A must read for all horse owners who care about their horses and the kind of relationship they have with them

John Lyons Training Guide by John Lyons

Symposium notes for world renowned horseman John Lyons reveals his techniques for all riding disciplines. His methods will save you time, and never put you in danger. In an easy to read format this book will help you determine your goals and work towards them.

Lyons on Horses by John Lyons

Offers practical & sound advice that is valuable to all riders & trainers, both English & Western, who will benefit tremendously from using the revolutionary techniques offered in this book.

Natural Horse-Man-Ship by Pat Parelli, Kathy Kadash, Karen Parelli

A must have for the beginner and those who want to know the basics of groundwork and how to yield your horse. Natural Horse-Man-Ship is a blend of concepts and exercises. The exercises or maneuvers are designed to help one fully comprehend the concepts and help to communicate effectively with a horse on his level. Each of the three sections of this book use six keys that the author has identified as vital in the development of a Natural Horse-Man - Attitude, Knowledge, Tools, Techniques, Time, and Imagination.

Horse follow closely:Native American Horsemanship

GaWaNi Pony Boy,Gabrielle Boiselle (Photographer)

Horse and rider are one. Theirs is a relationship of trust, harmony, and respect born of a way of life that is all but lost. One man puts it within our grasp again. In this book, GaWaNi Pony Boy illustrates the traditional training methods - methods that are steeped in common sense and age-old wisdom - of his ancestors, America's first great horsemen. The full-color photographs and simple eloquence takes us back to the days when horse training was not merely about getting results but about creating a bond for life. An inspiration for riders and a feast for horse and Native American culture enthusiasts, Horse, Follow Closely: Native American Horsemanship forges a relationship with readers that few books can ever hope to achieve.

Buck Brannaman Groundwork by Buck Brannaman

This book contains some ideas for you and your horse to work through to be more comfortable with each other. The groundwork information contained in this book will help you to prepare both you and your horse for situations that unfortunately sometimes occur at the worst times. If he's gentle and trusts you as a friend, then he'll allow you to help him out of trouble, instead of seeing you as the trouble.