A Journey to Softness Mark Rashid

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" It's not about what we do that starts us on the path to softness," says renowned horseman Mark Rashid, "but rather, it's what we don't do."

Softness is having the sensitivity we need in order to understand when and if the horse tries to 'give'. It is about developing the kind of awareness it takes to know when we are working against our horses, rather than with them. And it is intrinsically linked to the feel and connection we seek on the ground and in the saddle. In these forthright stories-whether remarkable events,quiet moments, or humbling stumbling blocks-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, horse people and martial artists.