This philosophy should be taught and practice to and by every horse people. My horse right now was damaged for life by wrong abuse. I spend all my time trying to repair it.
Enjoyed the read. Like the training ideas. Down to earth presentation. Thanks.
Great book, answers lots of queries, gives food for thought.
Gave me a better understanding of how horses think - thank you, however most of us are dealing with abused horses or mistreated horses, so starting from the beginning with a foal as per book is not suitable training for most of us, although in part can be applied.
Clear and concise. Lots of helpful pictures. I am able to quickly find just what I need help with at that given time.
The book is a great source of information.
Common sense given. Mystery taken away = happy horse owner and even more important happy horse.
It is such a kind and effective way to work with my horse, an ex-pacer, we are now trotting and occasional canter after only 6 months off the track. He raced for 6 years and was not saddle broken. Your book is great for guidance on how to teach what you would like you horse to learn without fear or pain. I love it.
I'm enjoying the information. It's what I've been looking for, for my new colt.
Easy to follow simple basic instructions. A true horseman who shares his wealth of knowledge with others in a no nonsense approach. Very receptive to questions if you have any.
It answers all my questions and uses plain language and clear pictures to get the message of collaboration not cruelty across. Highly recommended.
Neil shows that the horse desires a partnership and he treats the horse as respectfully as the horse should treat him. He convinces the horse to choose the correct behavior for the partnership rather than trying to subdue and dominate him through intimidation.
It offers a totally different way of thinking of the horse and how they process things.
Love the non-aggressive approach to working with my horse.
Positive encouragement for the horse broken down into bite size pieces, looked at from the horse's point of view.
Straight forward practical horse handling techniques that work.
Sensible & practical approach. Easily understood.
The information is very valuable to my horse training. I have learned so much from this book that puts the horse first. They are very misunderstood intelligent and peaceful animals.
The book was easy to follow and gave excellent results.
Advice was clear and sensible. Easy to follow.
The simplicity and it works!
Neils approach is the next step in Horsemanship his work is hands down some of the best I’ve seen in 30+yrs of breaking and training. This is most definitely, “A better deal for horses”!
I enjoyed reading your book and I learnt more about how I will handle and look after my horses.
Very good instructional lessons that work.
Brilliant book and great delivery time.
I believe in the training method that is used as it is kind and considerate to horses and would love to see more people implement the wisdom that has been shared as horses would surely benefit. Thank you.
I enjoy your advise it's something I can incorporate into my training and riding. Your kindness resonates with me.
Because the book gives great tips and a good way to work with your horse. I'm using it for my young mare and it works. One relaxed and confident youngster, thank you.
Neil speaks in a down to earth manner and explains why he does what he does.
Because it makes perfect sense on how to treat all animals.
Great book. Such good advice makes it easier to avoid problems instead of trying to solve them once they happen.
I am trying your methods with my new 6 year old and they are working. Was at a bit of a loss to start with him but we are getting there slowly but we are both building a positive relationship. Thank you!
I am loving Neil's methods and using them now on my horses with success.
Love the approach and violence free training.
Everything I've heard Neil Davies say, makes sense, I've watched some videos of him working with horses, and it made sense, no horse was frightened unneccessarily, it was realistic, natural and backed up what he's said. Thanks for reminding me that no horse is bad or good, they are just doing what they've been taught to do.
Training is practical, easy to understand and makes sense.
Neils methods make sense to me and have helped me with my own horse.
I love your way of training... so kind, caring and simplified. Thanks for opening my eyes up after being taught the wrong way with so called Natural Horsemanship.
His book and videos explain in a simple way how to train a horse if you follow his instructions I am not saying training a horse is easy but if your ever going to train a horse correctly his way is the correct way.
I’ve always believed frightening a horse to get it to do what you want is the worst thing you can do. Neil’s book is clear and easy to understand, and supports everything I’ve always thought. I recommend it to anyone who’s having issues with their horse. If just one person changes the way they think and trains with kindness and confidence its a step in the right direction.
Neil’s Method is so gentle and so very effective his practice is amazing as a student of my grandfather who worked and learned off Kel Jeffrey I can safely say Neil is the next step in evolution of “a better deal for horses”. Thanks Neil your a true horseman and a gentleman.
The concepts which make perfect sense are explained easily and directly in a gentle tone.
Because your ways are kind and considerate to the horses. Very practical. Very straight forward teaching and explaining.
It just makes good sense to have a solid foundation not based on fear.
I really like your simple approach to animal behaviour and learning. It makes so much sense to me.
It all makes sense and the methods work!
Everything explained by Neil makes perfect sense, thinking of the horse all the time, its exactly the way i want to always train my horses, the results have been great with my ex racehorse that unfortunately experienced some trauma during his days!
This way of training makes so much sense.
Your approach is simple, straightforward and believable.
Because it all makes common sense. I just wish these so called professionals that don't use their own brain to work out why they have different outcomes than Neil Davies would ask themselves Why? Humans demand respect from others. Why not show respect to our four legged friends.
A big Thank You for putting your experiences out there.
The approach is very horse orientated and reminds us that we have to find the right way to handle and communicate with horses, from their point of view, not ours.
Easy to understand,& it worked with an older TWH gelding! He loves his head rubs now!
I already have recommended it to friends!
I purchased Neil Davies book "Fear-free Horse Training" and it is the best piece of horse "tack" I have bought. The book is easy to read and follow and Neil's advice works in real life!
I love the simple and practical way Neil delivers his message.
Love that you take it back to basics and make it simple to understand.
Confidence giving helpful information for handling and working with young horses.
Common sense approach that is easy to understand and follow. Very helpful!!
Your philosophy just works and it is so much kinder. The results are a testament to you!
I like the theories and the practices as they really work.
Revolutionised all the training methods I’ve been taught. Back to just listening and being consistent with every single thing I do. Gentle but clear messages for my horse without all of this “leader” BS. Thank you Neil!
Kirsty Du toit
Neil's book offers a simplistic and informative guide to a step by step kind and understanding way to teach your horse.
I have already recommended it to a friend! My horse has totally changed after just 3 weeks of following your teaching. She no longer whips rounds and is much happier and calmer when I ride her. I stayed in the school for the first two weeks but I can now hack her out on my own and feel she is focused on me rather than on spooking at everything. I feel confident on her rather than afraid so your book is well named. I am so grateful to you. Thank you so much.
This philosophy reflects what I've always thought in my heart about horse training. The book is well written and for me, it gives me a little confidence. Wish I could meet Mr. Davies in person and get advice as I start to work with my new filly.
I just love your no-nonsense, easy approach to training your horse. I see so many people doing the things you disagree with, like "desensitisation" by flapping ropes, tarps, bags, etc around their horse. I have always thought that if your horse has never been frightened by your handling & training, it has nothing to be scared of if a bag flaps around on the ground or blows by whilst you are riding.