Horse and rider are one. Theirs is a relationship of trust, harmony, and respect born of a way of life that is all but lost. One man puts it within our grasp again. In this magnificent book, GaWaNi Pony Boy illustrates the traditional training methods—methods that are steeped in common sense and age-old wisdom—of his ancestors, America’s first great horsemen. The stunning full-color photographs and simple eloquence takes us back to the days when horse training was not merely about getting results but about creating a bond for life. An inspiration for riders and a feast for horse and Native American culture enthusiasts, this book forges a relationship with readers that few books can ever hope to achieve.
Think differently about your relationship with your horse… I bought this book for my husband this past Christmas, but wasn’t sure I would like it all that well. I am a classically trained English rider (have been riding on and off since I was 3) and have worked with horses in many different environments. My husband rides Western though, and I have spent some time on a Native American reservation, so I thought we’d like it.
Definitely A Great Beginner’s Book …Personally, I loved the book with its horse training (“Relationship Training”) methods combined with Native American philosophy regarding human-animal relationships.
Horse Follow Closely If you’re looking for a book of Gawani Pony Boy photos this is the book for you. If you’re looking for information on American Indian culture, you’ll find that here too among the full page photos of Pony Boy riding his horse(s). If you’re looking for a book on how to communicate with horses or what works for gently training a horse, you can spend half as much money on one of Mark Rashid’s books and get 10 times as much human/horse relationship information. This book has a few good ideas on relating to a horse, too bad you have to pay for all those full color photos of Pony Boy to get that information.