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post #31 of 32 Old 10-19-2014, 09:21 PM
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You asked for.abook recommendation........I highly recommend Natural HorseManShip by Pat Parelli. It will help you begin to understand how to act-react around horses in ways that make sense to the horse. Its most definitely NOT a ccokie cutter ; one size fits all approach to horsemanship. Imho it is the least expensive yet in depth introduction into horsemanship.
What's easy to lose sight of is that lots of 'horse people'- are using at least some of the "natural horsemanship" methods and techniques but don't call it that and/or don't realize what "natural horsemanship" is all about.
As an aside to all readers...if you haven't read this book yourself please refrain from bashing it just because its by Parelli. Thanks.
To OP....I wish you the best in your search.
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post #32 of 32 Old 10-19-2014, 09:34 PM
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^I agree that this book is a good one for the basics. I reckon it's easy to understand & pretty straight. This comes from the attitude & subsequent understanding of many 'beginners' I've loaned it to. Even one old cowboy who 'poo-pooed' the whole idea of 'natural-shmatrel' actually changed his... spots after he read it(I think his intention was to read it just to have more to hammer me about!).

I can't say I am all that thrilled about a lot of what I see of Parelli these days, and straight & easily understood for beginners is not quite the picture I get of a lot of it any more either. But his original book, and I reckon the '7 Games' vid/info is really helpful.
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