Sydney is not an easy horse to work with so any insight into how he thinks is useful. Mr. Brannaman advocates kindness at all times and stresses that the problems we have with horses are man-made. I think he's right. When we recognize that our horses aren't being difficult in order to frustrate us, it's easier to start looking for a different cause.
This was a helpful book because he too feels that the problems we have with our horses stem from human error. Thinking about Sydney's resistance to contact from his point of view makes more sense than just thinking Sydney's being stubborn. Discovering why he feels the need to be resistant will help solve the problem much more quickly.
I'll be sure to let you know how I feel about the book at the end.