The Man Who Listens to Horses

Monty Roberts

ISBN 10: 0679456589 / ISBN 13: 9780679456582
Published by Random House Inc, New York, NY, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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The Man Who Listens to Horses by Monty Roberts. Published by Random House Inc, New York, NY, 1997. 1st Signed Edition. Hardbound, Paper DJ. Size 8vo. Condition: Fine in Good- DJ. Signed by author, Monty, on title page. Top of DJ taped to boards. 1st stated edition, 2nd printing. 258 Pgs. ISBN 0679456589. LCCN 97-17318. Introduction by Lawrence Scanlan. The Story of a Real-Life Horse Whisperer. The author's account of his unique relationship with horses is part memoir, part how-to book on the power of nonverbal communication. Since the age of 2, Roberts has been riding horses and observing their behavior. The son of a violent horse trainer who was critical of his son's unconventional methods, Roberts worked as a rodeo rider in California before adapting his experiences to the corporate sphere. Drawing on the lessons he learned training horses, Roberts now advises companies on how to improve relations in the workplace. Illustrated with black and white photographs. Description text copyright 2007 BooksForComfort. Item ID 14425. Bookseller Inventory # 14425

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Title: The Man Who Listens to Horses

Publisher: Random House Inc, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: signed by author

Edition: 1st edition.

Book Type: book

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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.
    
Monty Roberts has spent his whole life working with horses--schooling them, listening to them, and learning their ancient equine language. 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. And his story is one you will never forget.

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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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