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post #1 of 14 Old 06-18-2010, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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What books should I read on Natural Horsemanship?

I'm looking for book recommendations. So far I have read:
  • Horse Follow Closely: Native American Horsemanship by Gawani Ponyboy
  • Natural Horse-Man-Ship by Pat Parelli
  • Teach Yourself Natural Horsemanship in 14 Days by Eric Bravo
  • What Your Horse Wants You to Know: What Horses "Bad Behavior" Means and How to Correct It by Gincy Self Bucklin
I want to read "True Horsemanship Through Feel" by Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond as well.

Any other books you guys recommend?

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post #2 of 14 Old 06-18-2010, 06:54 PM
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I recommend the one you want to get: Bill's book. They have an online discussion forum called Bill'sbook, discussion limited to it, & you need a copy in order to participate.
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post #3 of 14 Old 06-18-2010, 07:29 PM
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I've never tried his "join up" stuff, but I did enjoy Monty Roberts book The Man Who Listens to Horses.
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post #4 of 14 Old 06-19-2010, 06:01 PM
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The Soul of a Horse by Joe Camp is a pretty good one. Not really a how-to book, but it is insightful and helpful in understanding things from a horses' point of view.
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post #5 of 14 Old 06-30-2010, 08:39 PM
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I just finished reading "Natural Horsemanship Explained" by Robert M. Miller, DVM. This book was excellent. Very informative.
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-03-2010, 01:25 AM
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Clinton Anderson has a good book too.Sorry I can't think what it is called right now.
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post #7 of 14 Old 07-15-2010, 02:01 AM
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I am not sure but i have found lots of other books... check out... 100 ways to improve your horses behaviour even if he doesnt have a problem it gives you LOADS of ideas on ways to improve your bond!!!

Wild isn't bad and it certainly isn't mean wild is equis and that is pure. - Monty Roberts.
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post #8 of 14 Old 07-15-2010, 11:35 AM
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A must is Tom Dorrance - repeat Tom - entitled "True Unity" - it is difficult to understand but the modern principles of Natural Horsemanship started with this wise, bent, old, cowboy.

and see if you can find a copy of " The schooling of the western horse" by
John Richard Young SbN 85131 182 2

Don't get too hung up on what is the latest fad - nothing is new about horses.
Treating a horse with respect is the fundamental starting point with most of the old horsemasters with perhaps one or two exceptions like the Duke of Newcastle & Baucher.

Remember to know how to do something correctly - you must also recognise how it is done incorrectly.
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-15-2010, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! I really appreciate the suggestions. :)

I just discovered the books of Mark Rashid---Horses Never Lie and Considering the Horse in particular. LOVED Horses Never Lie, and I'm reading Considering now. Fantastic reading.
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-21-2010, 07:23 PM
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"What horses reveal", "Dancing with horses" and the new book "the horse seeks me" by Klaus Ferdinand hempfling. The newest book is available in August.

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