Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mark Rashid Post on Respect

Here's Mark's latest blog post - A Matter of Respect - about the whole respect/disrespect approach to horses that is so rampant in the horse world.  I think you'll find Mark's perspective interesting.


  1. Oh my goodness, "as seen on TV" style natural horsemanship with all of it's baggage runs rampant at my barn. I've pretty much learned to not head out until really late if it's a sunny Saturday because I'll only find every part of the facility taken up by 8 hours of people using certain all too popular methods to teach their horses "respect" under the not so fine (in my opinion) tutelage of their NH guru. It makes me sad. And their horses don't "respect" them at the end of the day. Not in any meaning of the word. And I don't respect those ladies either. Good post.

  2. This was a great blog post by Mark.

  3. what a fabulous post. I found myself nodding all the way through. lots to think about

  4. I read that article, and I have to say that I totally agree with his perspective. It makes so much sense. We people tend to put everything into our perspective, and just expect the horse to fill in and adapt to our way of thinking. That way, we can place blame on the horse and not on ourselves, wherein the blame usually lies. Very good and well-written article. Loved it.

  5. I remember in one of his books he mentioned a horse's lack of respect, and then in the comments for that chapter, revised it and said he no longer agrees with the use of that word.

    Thanks for sharing, it's especially timely as I was falling into the thinking this week that my horse was showing disrespect, but really she was just behaving according to instinct and I was taking it personally.

    They really are lacking that part of the brain? What part do they have that we don't? Abraham Maslow believed that even a fish can reason out problems.

  6. Thank you for sharing. Very Interesting!


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