A Jour­ney to Soft­ness

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In his new book, A Jour­ney to Soft­ness: In Search of Feel and Con­nec­tion with the Horse (Trafal­gar Square Books), in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed horse trainer Mark Rashid shares and an­a­lyzes the re­mark­able events, quiet mo­ments, and hum­bling stum­bling blocks that he can iden­tify as sig­nif­i­cant in his per­sonal jour­ney to find­ing “soft­ness” with both horses and peo­ple.

“Soft­ness,” via what many might re­fer to as “feel,” be­gins, Rashid says, with one sim­ple truth: “It’s not about what we do that starts us on the path to soft­ness, but rather, it’s what we don’t do.”

“Soft­ness,” Rashid ex­plains, is hav­ing the sen­si­tiv­ity you need to feel when and if your horse tries to “give.” It’s about de­vel­op­ing the kind of aware­ness and feel it takes to know when you’re work­ing against your horse, rather than with him.

In these forth­right sto­ries, read­ers get a glimpse of a life that has pro­duced a man known for his abil­ity to solve dif­fi­cult prob­lems with com­mu­ni­ca­tion rather than force, as well as meth­ods and tech­niques gleaned from decades of work with horses, horsepeo­ple, and mar­tial artists. Cost: $16.95. Con­tact: www.equinenet­work­store.com

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