Mark Rashid

Mark Rashid (pronounced RASH-id) is an internationally acclaimed horse trainer known for his ability to understand the horse’s point of view and solve difficult problems with communication rather than force. He began working with horses at age ten, when he met the “old man,” who taught him to work with horses, not against them, and to listen to what the horse is trying to say. Mark’s clinics center on one-on-one work with horse and rider and are immensely popular with people around the world.

When Mark decided to study the martial art of aikido as a way to improve his horsemanship, he brought the same quiet determination to it that he exhibits in his work with horses. After years of practice, he has  earned a second degree black belt in Yoshinkan aikido and now teaches the “way of harmony” in the local dojo.

Mark worked full time on ranches for many years gathering herds, managing stock, and training horses. When time permits, he still enjoys working on ranches near his home in Estes Park, Colorado.

Mark has been a guest on NPR’s The Horse Show and was featured on the Nature series on PBS. He is the author of nine books – Considering the Horse, A Good Horse is Never a Bad Color; Horses Never Lie; Life Lessons from a Ranch Horse; Horsemanship Through Life; Big Horses, Good Dogs, & Straight Fences; A Life With Horses; Whole Heart, Whole Horse; and his latest, a novel, Out of the Wild. He also has a solo music CD Song of the Prairie and enjoys singing and playing guitar with a local band The Elktones.


2 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you so much for this blog, Mark, and for all of your wonderful writing. It always brings me back to what is simple and what is true. Today in particular thank you for the entry on herd dynamics and hierarchies. That was extremely clarifying, and the conclusion was brilliant. I’ve been trying to psych myself into being the alpha for years, and I’ve found it very hard to do without alienating my horse. I am ready for a better Way. Thank you for modeling that.

  2. I really like your way of working with horses and you inspire me a lot. In my hobby with horses I also try to apply the things you told in your books and with succes. When you ever come to The Netherlands for a workshop I will join for sure, I almost booked a ticket to England to join your workshop over there but it was to expensive for me.

    Thank you very much for sharing your stories!!

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