Mark Rashid met an “old man” when he was 10 who taught him to work with horses, not against them, and to listen to what horses are trying to say. Rashid eventually decided to study the martial art of aikido as a way to improve his horsemanship, and now teaches the “way of harmony” in the local dojo. It is his combination of martial arts with horsemanship that has enabled him to communicate new ways of connecting with horses, methods spread throughout the world via his many bestselling books and DVDs (markrashid.com).

By Mark Rashid

A Journey to Softness: In Search of Feel and Connection with the Horse

Out of the Wild: A Novel