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The Man Who Listens to Horses

Monty Roberts: The Man Who Listens to Horses is a 1996 autobiography by Monty Roberts. It was published in hard cover by Random House in 1997 and re-issued in paperback in 1998 by Ballantine Books (ISBN 0-345-42705-X). It spent 58 weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers list and has been translated into more than 15 languages. In 2007 it was re-released in an updated edition at its 10th year anniversary. It has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

This thesis of this book is that it's possible to learn the nonverbal language of horses, and that such knowledge would enable a person to train a horse without resorting to physical force (see horse breaking).

The front flap says:

Monty Roberts is a real-life horse whisperer - an American original whose gentle training methods reveal the depth of communication possible between man and animal. He can take a wild, high-strung horse who has never before been handled and persuade that horse to accept a bridle, saddle, and rider in thirty minutes.

Roberts claimed to have been beaten by his father, but according to other sources, such as Roberts' aunt, Joyce Renebome, and cousin, Debra Ristau, in their book, "Horse Whispers & Lies", Marvin Roberts was a kind and compassionate man. Roberts' brother, Larry Roberts, also refuted the claims of child battering.

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