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  • A Good Horse Is Never a Bad Color

  • Tales of Training Through Communication and Trust - 2nd Edition, Revised & Updated
  • Written by: Mark Rashid
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Learn why your problem horse is not a lost cause with helpful tips from an internationally acclaimed trainer.

In A Good Horse Is Never a Bad Color, Mark Rashid continues to share his talent for training horses through communication rather than force. Rashid uses humorous, feel-good stories to relate his techniques of teaching horses by examining their view of the world. This book is a must-have for compassionate horse trainers and owners. Tales of Arabs, appaloosas, and paints - mistrusted and mistreated because of their breed - will give listeners a new perspective on these breeds and others. This new edition features added introductory notes for each chapter that contribute to a better understanding of Rashid’s philosophy and methods.

©2011 Mark Rashid (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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great read

really enjoyed it! so many little pearls and great stories. Lovely to get to learn and enjoy his wisdom and experience.

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I loved it! ❤

As a horse rescuer, many of those stories where my own. The pair of Arabs reminded me of our pair of Arabs, George and Washington, who were joined to the hip and scared of human contact. When we would tackle a problem, we needed to keep in mind that if you did something wrong with one, it would impact the other. It took us years to get them back into trust. Wish I had read this book before I would have reached to the new "old man". Sadly, not long after we got them back to enjoying human presence, Washington died of a colic. George died a month later of what we think is a broken heart. He had a heart attack and just dropped dead. I could recall with you at least 5 stories that I went through and are part of this book. Still, there is one thing I would have loved to read about : how on earth do you teach a Colt not to bite you? 😱

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Great Storytelling

Great stories. Easy Listening. Highly recommend to anyone working with horses. I hope to see more equine books here on audible.

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  • Barbara
  • 2016-03-20

Open your mind and let this sink in.

Like the old man in this book, I offer my 2 cents. You can take the suggestion or not, it is here as an amazing opportunity.

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  • Trish K.
  • 2015-06-29

Fantastic Book!

As far as horse books go this is now one if my favourites. Not your typical "how-to", the story captures your heart and pulls you in. The teachings contained within the story will stick with me forever. A huge thank you to Mark Rashid for sharing with us.

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  • jaime
  • 2017-04-16

Stories keep you listening.

Really great information on horses told through stories. Lessons all horse enthusiasts can learn from.

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  • Melissa L.
  • 2015-05-17

A true resource.

This title and all of Mark's work has changed my entire thought process when dealing with my horse. I always felt the current training methods lacked and never felt right. Mark has answered my call.

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  • Jason Strull
  • 2017-02-19

An amazing story with a great lesson

This is an amazing story that mark has shared but it is not only a great story it is a great lesson there are so many gifts he's given to us in the story of how to work with horses but his amazing storing storytelling ability makes it engaging and not just a how to

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  • The Mrs.
  • 2015-12-11

Very Moving

This book has entirely changed how I perceive Arabs and Appys. It's always about training! I laughed out loud, I related and I cried. It's such a good book. just like all of his other books.

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  • SaveABunny Rabbit Rescue
  • 2014-03-25

A Big Disappointment

What did you like best about A Good Horse Is Never a Bad Color? What did you like least?

The best part of the book is the beautiful cover photo.I could only listen to small bits at a time. The book is written with incredibly tedious attention to minutae that has nothing to do the title of this book. Plus, the narrator is a "gee whiz" type with a grating voice overperforming a boring story. It will take 5 minutes to hear how "The Old Man" (you will learn to cringe when you get hearing this word over and over and over....lit a cigarette.If you are have a basic knowledge of how to be nice to a horse you are too advanced for this book. It is for someone who has no idea how to be with a horse.Additionally, the book contains several sections about how the author witnessed, but did nothing to help, cruelty to horses ---even 30 minutes of someone misriding a horse he knew. Unbearable

And by the way, if you are expecting to learn something about horses with color, as indicated in the title, you'll be let down. I was hoping to learn more about the various breeds often considered "difficult."

What do you think your next listen will be?

I would love to find a good book on horsemanship that is informative and educational.

What didn’t you like about Mike Chamberlain’s performance?

Grating, annoying nasal sound and too forced performance. It's as if the whole book is read as an exclamation point. The book is too wordy and includes way too much irrelevant random details. (is there an editor anywhere?)

Did A Good Horse Is Never a Bad Color inspire you to do anything?

Remember to thank my horse

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  • H. Choi
  • 2019-06-13

Nothing I did not know already

If you've taken the gamut of lessons or studied natural horsemanship, please pass this by. I can't say for certain I heard or learne anything new or original. It's the basis of horsemanship, but if you've been through that loop, save your money. I did like the storylines and delivery. All and all, it's good stuff, true to the heart of a humane approach to horses. If you are naive about this topic though, have at it.

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  • Thrashertoo
  • 2018-11-07

Old Man?! He’s your mentor. Have some respect.

I enjoyed the stories of his mentor’s expertise up until I couldn’t tolerate the authors arrogance anymore. I am appalled by the exhaustively repeated degrading term “The old man” that he uses throughout the book to refer to his mentor whom he claims to respect and whom he claims to have learned his horse savvy from. So completely obnoxious and condescending that I had to stop listening half way through.

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  • Katharina Livia Harer
  • 2017-05-06

very insightful book on the horse's perspective

makes you think about your relationship with your horse and it will improve, just by your mere awareness you gained by reading this book.

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