Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

1) "Janice Ladendorf's Human Views and Equine Behavior is written as a thorough, scholarly examination of the basis of horse behavior and how it is interpreted by humans. This is a book intended for those wanting a deeper understanding of the inner works of the equine mind, a subject the author has studied over five decades of work as an author, horse trainer, and behavior specialist. The book is illustrated with dozens of informative photos, and each section emphasizes both analysis and application of modern as well as traditional training methods - all detailed through the perspective of behavioral insight. Going well beyond the usual horse 'guru-speak', this is an important book in the field on interspecies communication, an opportunity to examine completely the entire workings of the mind of the horse, and how the psychology of our own viewpoints impact its training process. A fascinating, eye-opening look at the structure of the human-equine bond."

 Lyne Raff, Editor, Art Horse Magazine (www.arthorsemagazine.com).

2) "What a wonderful book!

Janice Ladendorf explains very clearly how horses think, and how they react to humans. I hope that this book will open people's eyes and give horses a better chance of being treated fairly by the people who deal with them."

David William DeWispelaere, Grand Prix clinician, trainer, and rider. Dedicated to the principles of classical dressage. Author of Ride with Sensitivity. Featured on world-renowned DVD, "If Horses Could Speak".

3) "The book Human Views and Equine Behavior by Janice Ladendorf gives the reader much to think about when communicating with horses. With her chosen discipline of classical dressage and years of working with her own horses, Ladendorf has experienced and observed many of the interesting and intriguing behaviors of equines. Both in wild herds and domesticated horses certain recognizable behaviors have been noticed and studied over the years and with this book those are well described. She gives another look at these unique animals and conveys information that is great for anyone interested in horses to know and that experienced horseman have seen time and time again.

     In addition to describing the behaviors of horses, Ladendorf also shows how these behaviors affect training and then continues to show some methods that can be used to gain the most out of a relationship with your horse. Along with extensive descriptions of training techniques there are also diagrams and pictures accompanying the text that help the reader to understand how each technique can work for their particular horse. Different types of equipment are also mentioned to show that there are many alternative solutions to effectively train your horse or work on a problem area.

     There were some good points in this book and for the most part I did enjoy reading about each of the techniques and ideas that Ladendorf wrote about. However, I also found many of the chapters to be a little repetitive and caused me to feel as if I was reading the same chapter over again. I understand that when writing a non-fiction book there will be some points that will be repeated but with this particular book I honestly think fewer words would have made the information more interesting for the reader. In regards to the content of the book I was glad to see this author give equal time describing the different views of equine behavior and the options of training techniques. Many times when reading about horses, I get the impression that the author has one way of thinking and that is the only way. To my surprise, most of the writing in this book did not do that and I was glad this author continued to show that there is not just one sure fire way to work and train horses. She successfully conveyed that each horse and situation will be different and each rider/trainer has to make the decision on what they want to achieve with their horse and how they want to reach that goal."

 Feathered Quill Book Reviews, Kristi Benedict, Jan. 2014

Quill says: "Here is a book that gives many views on equine behavior and options of training to achieve the best relationship between horse and rider."

4) "This book contains more points of view than you can shake a stick at. It's a 'bridging document', a term I've just made up. The average approach to horses over the last few hundred years has been forceful and dominant, while many of us are wanting to move to a different paradigm, that is a step beyond for many. This book, I think, wants to help bridge the gap.

The alternatives are by no means new, but they have been misunderstood in both scale and direction by all but a few small, very well known, groups. Unfortunately, although well known, these alternatives have come to be seen as complicated, difficult, and somehow beyond us. Part of the reason for this is simply the contrast with the more conventional methods.

While many of the views presented are familiar, their arrangement here frequently gives an opportunity to examine them in different ways that starkly presents sides that we recognized, but didn't think about much, and in doing so almost demands a little time to re-evaluate where they sit in our lives.

You may find things that it's tempting to say are wrong or misinformed, yet this temptation is actually prompted by a discomfort with the realization there is something here that needs to be faced.

Mark Stanton, Horsemanship Magazine, August/Sept. 2014, p. 34.