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The Man Who Listens to Horses: The Story of a Real-Life Horse Whisperer (edition 2008)

by Monty Roberts

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Title:The Man Who Listens to Horses: The Story of a Real-Life Horse Whisperer
Authors:Monty Roberts
Info:Ballantine Books (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 288 pages
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Monty Roberts is an American horse whisperer. He started riding at the age of two. His father was a violent horse trainer, breaking the horse's will until the horse was afraid to make him upset. Monty thought that he could gentle a horse without violence. When he was thirteen he went into the desert to study wild mustangs. He studied the herd's behavior, and how the lead mare acted torwards the young colts in the herd. Once, he saw a young colt going around, and making trouble. The colt was scaring the newborns, and causing tension in the herd. The lead mare went to him, and drove the colt out of the herd. For hours, the mare would not let the colt back into the herd. Without protection, he was an easy target for cougars and other predators around. Finally, the colt started to apologize by hanging his head, so that his nose was almost touching the dust, and clapping his mouth to say, "Please let me into the herd. I'm not a threat." After seeing this, the mare lets him rejoin the group. After studying various herds, seeing things from mares with newborns being accepted into the herd, from rogue stallions challenging the herd leader. He learns all about their body language, and uses this to gentle horses in a nonviolent way. He travels around the country, making friends, and entering rodeos. He finally settles down with his horse rescue ranch. He takes the most difficult horses and gentles them in less than thirty minutes. No matter how much damage the horse does, either to him, or others, or his property, he always ends up being able to communicate with them.
  ClaireW.B4 | Jun 7, 2018 |
Monty Roberts describes his life, family, and his philosophy and training of horses. His methods, as he describes, developed from his long obsservation and study of horses. He explains that horses and other "prey" herd animals have certain a body language and shared perceptions of looking out for danger as well as living as herd animals. Roberts understands this language and knows how to train and help heal horses with behavior problems without resorting to violence. The book includes some black and white photos. (Of particular interest to me is his observations and interactions with deer that he also talks about in this book.)
  CLlibrarystudent | Dec 5, 2016 |
A compelling and facinating look at how we treat the animals who share our lives, what we can learn by listening to them more often (instead of simply ordering them about), and how one man 'bucked' (pun intended) years and years of traditional horse training methodology to challenge horse owners, horse lovers - and frankly anyone who has to interact with any living creature - to reexamine how we communicate. ( )
  puckrobin | Jan 8, 2011 |
Inspiring story of horses, humans, and the search for harmony. Monty demonstrates a few human qualities that rarely get expressed in todays chaotic society; vision, self-belief, determination, compassion. Absolutely awesome. ( )
  rohetherington | Apr 5, 2010 |
I think this book is great. It isn't just about horses it is about Monty's life and his family. It also tells us about the ways they broke there horses in. Some of them were very mean but some of the ways we still se them today. This would be great for people who want to read an autobiography or like books horses. ( )
  room5rapaura | May 25, 2009 |
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Monty Roberts is, as they say, the real horse whisperer--even if he does revile the last third of Nicholas Evans's romance. Yet Roberts also makes clear from the start that listening and close attention have more to do with gentling an animal than soi-disant whispering. As far as he's concerned, silent communication can "effectively cross over the boundary between human (the ultimate fight animal) and horse (the flight animal). Using their language, their system of communication, I could create a strong bond of trust. I would achieve cross-species communication." And achieve it he does. After one short session, he has even the wildest stallion nickering with ungulate abandon.

Roberts's descriptions of "joining up," as he calls it with horses--as well as with the deer who cavort on his California farm like so many hyperintelligent Bambis--are inspirational in the best sense of the word. Surprisingly, though, it took him long years to persuade most of the humans in his life that pain and punishment are not the way to go. Indeed, the author expends many a page on past mistakes and disasters, familial and professional. Yet The Man Who Listens to Horses remains a powerfully positive document--and not just for Mr. Ed. Best of all, when it comes to his life's work, Roberts is far more practical than mystical. Instead of portraying himself as Equus's messiah, he'd rather share his hard-won knowledge. Having overcome years of rejection and ridicule, the author is certainly not short in the self-esteem department, as some passages in this book demonstrate. No matter. He always checks his ego before entering the corral. --Kerry Fried

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"Monty Roberts is a real-life horse whisperer--an American original whose gentle training methods reveal the depth of communication possible between man and animal. He can take a wild, high-strung horse who has never before been handled and persuade that horse to accept a bridle, saddle, and rider in thirty minutes. His powers may seem like magic, but his amazing "horse sense" is based on a lifetime of experience. Roberts started riding at the age of two, and at the age of thirteen he went alone into the high deserts of Nevada to study mustangs in the wild. What he learned there changed his life forever. In The Man Who Listens to Horses, he tells about his early days as a rodeo rider in California, his problems with his violent horse-trainer father, who was unwilling to accept Monty's unconventional training methods, his friendship with James Dean, his struggle to be accepted in the professional horse-training community, and the invitation that changed his life - to demonstrate his method of "join-up" to the Queen of England. From his groundbreaking work with horses, Roberts has acquired an unprecedented understanding of nonverbal communication, an understanding that applies to human relationships as well. He has shown that between parent and child, employee and employer (he's worked with over 250 corporations, including General Motors, IBM, Disney, and Merrill Lynch), and abuser and abused, there are forms of communication far stronger than the spoken word and that they are accessible to all who will learn to listen. This inspirational and gentle man, first introduced to the American public on Dateline NBC, is part James Herriot, part Bill Gates, and part John Wayne"--Jkt.… (more)

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