I messaged Neil about the catch me if you can game. Followed his advice now my horse is a breeze. Love my book. It lives in my truck for easy reference at the paddock. Thanks Neil. :)
Louise Farmer

An amazing book every horse person would gain from reading this book, glad I got it delivered as I read it all in one day
Nicky Clayden

You have turned everything I've been taught over the last 10 years upside down. Fantastic, brilliant soft but solid methods without this 'leader' bull. I feel guilty for how I’ve handled horses in the past and now know it was me that caused the problems I was having. Thank you Neil Davies
Kirsty Belinda Jones

I love this book! I am reading, re-reading, reviewing and memorising. Neil cuts through all the fluff and the bull and puts it exactly where it needs to be - succinct, straightforward and easy to understand. But being easy to understand doesn’t mean lightweight. This book contains deep and proven truths that will revolutionise your understanding. (And no, I’m not being paid by Fear Free Horse Training!). I’ve studied all the stuff that’s out there, and Neil’s approach is like a breath of fresh air. It makes many other approaches look like the Emperor with no clothes.
Estelle O'Brien

I wish all my horsey friends would read your book and your posts. They - and not least their horses - deserve it. You have helped me tremendously in my journey with my young horses. Thank you 😊
Ann Louise Jones

There was a time when I didn't know any better and I was shown way that made me sad and uncomfortable in my heart for the horse. So I searched long and hard to find a better way. My boy silver was only 5 months old when I learned of Neil Davies. He's now 4 years old and not once has he ever troubled me. I read the chapters one by one, taught my horse each step and each chapter as instructed. I am totally happy and amazed with the things I can do. And the things I never trained for, as would be other training methods. It seems I didn't train my horse at all. I now have a trusted mount, willing to do anything I ask of him, even if he has not seen or done it before. All those toys used for training are just not needed, if your horse trusts and believes you. That's what you get from learning a better way...a horse that trusts you and you can trust that willing horse.
Dee N Silver

Just want to say thanks to Neil! Tried for a two weeks to get my horse to do as I asked (he had gotten barn sour.) Finally went back to your book and got to the root of the problem. We made much more progress than before by following your approach. There’s a plethora of information out there but yours hits the foundation. Thank you Neil!
Hissy Mcgee

This is what I had purchased to assist in treating a rear near side leg injury for my boy who was rear leg shy ...I was going to tape the paintbrush to a broom handle and paint the Manuka honey on from a distance .... Well after only a few days of using Neil's approach ...no need for that old broom handle ... He just stands and gets his honey spread into his wound and our relationship during this daunting process has blossomed.
Janine Jung

Your book is so well written and easy to understand. My 11y old daughter is reading it and is getting really inspired to work with her pony. Thanks so much for the very fast delivery!
Andrea Alman

Kent, UK

I got a horse that was very touchy around his ears. We struggled for quite some time trying to get him used to us touching his ears. Nothing really helped. I got your book and that was the first section I read. I went out and tried it. It only took a couple times and he got much better. Now having his ears scratched is his favorite thing! It’s actually kind of funny how much he likes it, it’s a complete turn around.
Melanie DeWitt

Idaho USA

Anyone who doesn’t buy Neil’s book is missing out on a great horsemans expertise.
Wendy Luckett

Glenn Innes

It’s like the bible for horses! Best thing ever, just practical common sense.
Lisa Forbes

Great book, there's so much to still learn, I love the more gentle approach in training, your words make such sense to me, thanks Neil
Maria Langham

I really don't want to get to the end of this book! I can't put it down. Fantastic, thank you. Will be a re-read again and again
Carla Haydon Carey

Oxfordshire United Kingdom

Great book Neil. I've not been able to put it down.
Leah Cutler

Received my signed copy of your book. I'm so excited to continue reading it. I've already found myself nodding in agreeance and clarity in the small amount I've read. It's so nice to have a book that I can go to for practical tips and that's easy to follow and understand. Thank you so much for its fast delivery and for signing it!! That really made my dayxxx
Kerry Therese Calladine

I am absolutely loving your book!! It's simple and easy to follow and absolutely in line with my view on how we interact with horses.!!
Kaylea Moseley

Finished the book. Now to get this horse trained. Yard built and head coming around nicely now. Following the Fear-free Training as it is the only book that has ever been worthy of learning from. It's been a long time in coming to this world!!! Brilliant Neil

Thankyou so much for writing the most simple book on horse training I have read. Everything you have learned from training horses makes sense.

Hi Neil, I just wanted to say Thank You! Having read your book and followed you on Facebook, my horses loaded onto the trailer first time of asking without any dramatics and force. I had a good look at myself and with lots of face rubs and very little in the way of pressure from behind...they were fantastic. I'm beyond happy.

Hello Neil! I've just read your book and want to telly you how wonderful it is. I've ordered a second copy this morning. I've read over 100 books on training/eqitation/horsemanship and yours is simple the best of all of them. I train young thoroughbreds abd gave immediately put your approach to a real world test and have had nothing but success. Are you planning to come to North America? The horse world desperately needs to hear your wisdom and doctrine of kindness towards these noble creatures. I want to thank you so much for seeking then sharing your wisdom of a "better way" to train horses. Looking forward to the day we get to meet. Yours Truly Ralph Livingstone Canada
Ralph Livingstone


I'm enjoying my book very much and applying the information working with my colt. I started a mare a couple of years ago and she is awesome but I see not that I can be even more sympathetic in basic training and handling.
Ingrid Anderson

I just received the book yesterday! I knew from reading the blog that at last I'd found someone who had more experience yes, but the same way of thinking. Have only put the book down to get some sleep!! I've read lots of books and watched videos but there was always something missing. Thankyou Neil for this book!
Julie Rimmer

I can recommend this book. Has been working great for me.
John Davies

Neil's book is the most common sense and enlightened guide I have read on horse training. The technique is working well for my green pony and my green self.
Helena Scott

I have the book and it's amazing. So simple. My young one is coming along beautiful. Thankyou
Amanda Broughton

Hi Neil, Thankyou for your book.... I haven't managed to get through it all yet, but, I'm amazed how the chapter on shying has made a difference to me and my mare. I can't believe how I have been missing the signs. Just two lessons in with correction when she looks at something ro takes her attention off me has made a huge difference. Thankyou so much

This is an excellent book. It doesn't matter how long you've been around horses, read this and learn more.
Shirley Robinson

I just love how sensible this is. The book is full of no-nonsense, common sense info.
Lianne Van Kerchof

My book arrived yesterday and I literally can't put it down. It's everything I was hoping for and so much more. I flipped through and the first thing I read was "You can't overdo pleasantness. The is the most powerful training tool available to you." Never a truer statement written. I had a huge smile when I opened it up and found it had been personally signed, gorgeous! Thankyou for sharing your life's knowledge Neil, your kind heart and compassion shines through in this beautifully written book. Amazing!!

Got a book for my birthday – best ever. Totally changed a lot of my ideas and increased my understanding and empathy ten fold – Happy horses too. Thanks Neil

My book arrived promptly a few days ago – it's really good quality and full of so much helpful advice – and all in the 'positive' vein. Had its first read through in the first 24 hours and now looking forward to the slower re-read.
Alison Paisley

Just received my book and loving it! Even chapters that I thought might not apply to me as much (such as starting a foal – as I don't have one) I still read it through, and came across some very helpful advice and knowledge that I'll be using with my gelding who's not a baby anymore!! Looking forward to finishing the whole book.
Kelly Bek

Already taken your advice on spooking – Fantastic! Distraction and getting the horse to do other stuff as soon as the gait slowed and the head went up – worked so well – without horse or rider getting to the point of being scared and wanting to bail out! Thanks for another addition to my "toolbox" Neil.
Sarah Van De Sandt

Buying Neil's book and reading from cover to cover AND actually applying completely transformed my horse- and me! Thanks Neil. Can't endorse this method enough.
Haillie Buckley

New Zealand

I bought this book for a young girl that owns a horse. I all ready own the book and I told her this is my bible when it comes to horses. I have spread the word all over Facebook and in Missouri. Thank you again. My two appys, a filly and a colt are 7 months old now and are doing great because of you. Thanks again. I will keep sharing on Facebook.
Oscar Wells

Just wanted to say thank you. Your info has taken me beyond what I could have imagined with horses, and in life overall. At 38 yrs old I bought a horse that was way out of my skill level (I had only ridden cow ponies on ranches off and on as a kid). My first ride resulted in being on crutches for a month. Now, a year later, he is one of my proudest achievements and every ride reminds me of how bad ass I am. (I know, that sounds conceited, but I assure you I am not!) I feel bad ass for finding a new path with horses and building a real bond with a very sensitive horse, even as a beginner rider. Thank you!!!!!!
Valerie Evans

GREAT BOOK Thank you!
Sandy Sanders

Get the Book SO worth it. 🤗🤗 just received mine the other day & I luv it, learning so many new things as a first time trainer for my yearling . You will get farther by doing less & end up with greater results in a much shorter time.
Niomie Kruger

It’s like the bible for horses! Best thing ever, just practical common sense. I got this book originally for my foal (now 5 weeks old)but I’ve used it a lot on her 16 year old mother as well, they are never too old if using your approach. The difference is amazing.
Lisa Forbes

Just wanted to say thank you. Your info has taken me beyond what I could have imagined with horses, and in life overall. At 38 yrs old I bought a horse that was way out of my skill level (I had only ridden cow ponies on ranches off and on as a kid). My first ride resulted in being on crutches for a month. Now, a year later, he is one of my proudest achievements and every ride reminds me of how bad ass I am. (I know, that sounds conceited, but I assure you I am not!) I feel bad ass for finding a new path with horses and building a real bond with a very sensitive horse, even as a beginner rider. Thank you!!!!!!
Valerie Evans

Dear Neil, Thank you and your wife, without whom I doubt you could have written us another book. I can only imagine your frustrations between books. I am stunned when people comment on our horses / foals confidence, calmness and tractability and then put it down to breed / luck / colour. When I tell them about your excellent (earlier) paperback and my over 20 years success with your method, I get smiled at…. If it’s simple, people don’t like it. They want vibrating ropes, ESP and spirit guides. If you can’t dazzle with brilliance, baffle them with BS; shame the horses are the ones that suffer. In response to questions like, ‘Do you play the seven games?’ I like to answer with, ‘If this horse had hands it could play chess and win.’ I have met few horses that were fools but some of the owners need to look closely at the wastage rate of their chosen four legged friends, although it never seems to be the DVD’s fault. I grew up with rope it, drag it to a post and get the job done. By the age of twelve I knew this couldn’t be the right way to go. Your first book was a breath of fresh air and I’m really, really looking forward to your new book. I must admit I try not to have too much to do with most horse people. But when I meet an open mind I will push your method. But it’s hard when you don’t sell any accessories, have a club to join or an online forum – and to top it all off, you’re an Aussie! Again, thank you for not giving up on us, from Sue Paterson.
Sue Paterson


I enrolled in your Starting a Horse Under Saddle Online Clinic. For the last few weeks, I've used your method to work with my Gypsy Vanner, Pistol, who is a 3 year old gelding. I'm so pleased with how fast he is learning and how I, now, recognize when he is "worried" versus when he doesn't "understand". For the most part, he's catching on and is compliant. I've signed up for 3 other training type video series in the last few years and YOURS is the only one I've stuck with. The others made no logical sense to me and were too showy. I'm so very happy that I stumbled upon your website via Facebook! You're the real deal, Mr Davies and I am very appreciative that I am finally getting an authentic clue.
Robin Watson

The money I invested in the Starting a Horse Under Saddle Online Clinic is proving to be one of the best things I have ever done to help me become a better horseman. You may not realize that your quiet, calm, steady demeanor not only positively impacts the horse, but also the human who is just as worried. I thank you for your efforts and look forward to my future lessons.
Vickie Griffis

Neil is a pioneer, everybody who owns or interacts with horses should read Neil's book. His book will teach you all you need to know in how to manage your horse and build a relationship with him. It will most importantly teach you how to make your horse confident and happy.
Ruth Mayes

Mr. Davies, thank you. I have read and re-read your book, studied your videos, and contemplated your philosophy and vision. Thank you, for me and for my horses. I've seen the rest, but no one, and I mean no one, does what you do. The difference in my horses speaks volumes for you as well. Your book is a welcome and needed revelation and revolution in horse training and relationships.
Nick Weber

I have just purchased the Starting a Horse Under Saddle Online Clinic and am only two videos in & loving what it is teaching me! I'm no professional … I have a horse that kicks and won't let me touch him past the neck ... Already after two short 10min sessions following Neil's training I am touching him (while he patiently stands and waits for me to move away) on his neck, back, stomach and top of front legs ... Incredible.
Karen Zelinsky