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Unabridged and read by the author, Monty Roberts"Monty Roberts will soften you up, get you chewing and listening to his insights into equine behavior, and make you marvel at the success of his spiritual quest." -The New York Times
World-famous horse gentler Monty Roberts reveals the rapport he shares with a special horse: a wild mustang. In a gripping, intimate narrative, he relives their unique relationship, beginning with his first encounter with the wild horse during a dramatic three-day ride in the high Nevada desert. Throughout the year that followed, the wild horse earned the respect and admiration of his trainers. And, as his fame grew, following a PBS-aired documentary, the wild mustang Shy Boy began to receive visitors from all over the world. Yet throughout the year Roberts was asked, "Would Shy Boy rather be free?" With trepidation, he took Shy Boy back to the wild to let him choose: go with your herd, or stay with your gentler. What happened is so exciting and moving that it will surprise every listener.
"It's a magical dance between equal partners." -Boston Globe
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Celebrated as "the real horse whisperer," Monty Roberts made his literary debut with The Man Who Listens to Horses--half autobiography, half introductory lesson to "Equus," or the language of horses. In Shy Boy, Roberts returns with the story of a wild mustang he captured and domesticated using his renowned, nonviolent training technique. Beginning with the stunning Cuyama Valley in California, where he tracked the young stallion Shy Boy for three days, and moving on to the horse's gradual acclimation to human contact, Roberts walks the reader through the slow, detailed process. In the course of this equine odyssey, he stitches in inspiring anecdotes, as in the case of Samantha, an ailing 12-year-old who used Monty's method: "She saved a horse from an untimely end in a slaughterhouse and spared herself further harm--and she had done it without ever raising a hand or even her voice." However, the real credit for this book should probably go to the photographer, Christopher Dydyk, whose 100 or so colorful glossies dominate the book's 236 pages, with dazzling shots of the ranch, the range, and Monty at work. With brilliant graphics and easy-to-read language, Shy Boy is ideal for a young horse lover. --Rebekah WarrenAbout the Author:
Monty Roberts and his wife, Pat, live in California on their Flag Is Up Farms.
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1999. Condition: New. photographs Christopher Dydyk (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0002571056