Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 320 pages, 8 × 5.21 × 0.86 in
Published: January 26, 1999
Publisher: Knopf Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0676971288
ISBN - 13: 9780676971286
Read from the Book
The Call of the Wild Horses It all dates from those summers alone in the high desert, me lying on my belly and watching wild horses with my binoculars for hours at a time. Straining to see in the moonlight, striving to fathom mustang ways, I knew instinctively I had chanced upon something important but could not know that it would shape my life. In 1948 I was a boy of thirteen learning the language of horses. In the wilderness of Nevada, the soil is silky and cool to the touch at dawn, and at midday will burn your skin. My summer vigils were marked off by the heat of the day and the cold of the night and a profound sense of solitude. It felt right to be there under those vast skies on that dove-gray moonscape in the company of wild and wary horses. I remember, especially, a dun mare with a dark stripe along her back and zebra stripes above her knees. Clearly the matriarch of the herd, she was disciplining an unruly young colt who had been roughing up foals and mares. I vividly recall how she squared up to him, her eyes on his eyes, her spine rigid, her head pointed arrowlike at the adolescent. No longer full of himself, he knew exactly what she meant. Three hundred yards from the herd, the outcast would know by her body position when he could return to the fold. If she faced him, he could not. If she showed him part of her body''s long axis, he could begin to consider it. Before her act of forgiveness had to come signs of his penitence. The signals he gave back to her--the se
From the Publisher
This spellbinding memoir details the extraordinary life of Monty Roberts: a man whose gentle, compassionate training methods - transforming the once brutal practice of horse-breaking throughout the world - are redefining the way we think about communication, not only between other species but between ourselves. Over the past year, more than a million people have been uplifted by Roberts'' book - from animal lovers to business leaders, and everyone in between. Amusing, poignant, riveting and humane, The Man Who Listens to Horses is that rare book that brings us into the company of a man and his magic, and opens us to the world of animals.
About the Author
Monty Roberts, born in 1935, lives in California. He is currently at work on his second book.
Lawrence Scanlan lives in Ontario.
From Our Editors
Monty Roberts has spent a lifetime studying horses and learning their "language." Instead of 'breaking' horses to accept a rider - a process which can take weeks and leave the horse brutalized - Roberts uses unconventional training methods that overturn the practice of centuries. His principles regarding non-verbal communication are now being applied in the work place and with traumatized children. The Man Who Listens to Horses is the fascinating autobiography of this extraordinary man whose gentle training methods reveal the depth of communication possible between man and animals.
"The Man Who Listens to Horses will first break, then mend your heart.... A riveting and inspirational story.... Read it. Monty Roberts will make you marvel." -The New York Times Book Review
"Utterly engrossing.... For those who have ridden the high plains country, wide open, atop a horse in the full, mature glory of its strength, the only honest reaction after reading the book is to smile in warm agreement." -Michael Enright, The Globe and Mail
"Mesmerizing.... The kind of life-altering book you never want to finish." -San Francisco Chronicle