Monday, January 28, 2013

Out Of The Wild, by Mark Rashid

The house we live in right now have propane for heating up the house, water and stove. The oven, dishwasher and washing machine runs on electricity luckily enough! We've had so much trouble with the heating this winter. I'm not going to complain to you guys, but I can say that if you would to start a company in Napa that fixes propane heater, fill up gas etc on weekends, you could probably be a millionaire in a very short amount of time!

My hot, black, strong coffee is extra delicious this morning! Did I mention it is hot?? 

I finished reading an extraordinary book last night, "Out of the wild" by Mark Rashid. I've always admired Marks horsemanship skills, but I've never read any of his work. Strangely enough since I read a lot..I've only seen videos of his work. 

One of my friends suggested that I start with "Out of the wild". It's written as a novel, but could be read as an introduction to Marks philosophy about horsemanship (according to my friend). The story is thrilling, he's really a brilliant author. His even more brilliant horsemanship shines through between the lines of the story. The book made me cry several times. It also made me go outside to my horses and try new things. 
I'm not giving the story away, because you should read it! It's about losing everything, finding it, learning about yourself and the harmony that is in nature itself. How this harmony that surrounds us makes us happier if we chooses to be a part of it. It's about a different way to approach our horses. It's about being open to learn from every one and every thing. It's about improving quality of life, honor, experience, knowledge, doing what it takes and wild horses. I'm not saying anything more! Read it!

I have two more books by Mark on my nightstand; "Considering the horse" and "Nature in Horsemanship". Now I just have to choose which one to start with! I'm very eager to read both. 

Here's a link to his homepage If you want to read more about his work and/or buy his books. 

Have you read anything by Mark Rashid? What did you think? Which books did you read? Did it affect the time you spend with your horses? If it did, how did it affect the way you are with your horse/horses?

Thank you for your thoughts. They are important to me!

My rescue horse Trigger and I after an awesome ride


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  2. I am a fan, albeit in the small, learning way. MR for me has been rather good. I do use his Rockin S raised snaffle bits. Purely by chance really, I was at a loss and when I saw one, I knew it would work for me and my horses. And so it has come to pass.

    1. I haven't tried those, always nice to hear about equipment that works! What kind of horses do you have?

      Thanks for your feedback. Happy trails!



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