Running with Sherman is a book about a rescue donkey and training it for burro racing, well no, it’s way more than that, it’s a book about human and animal interaction and how each can help each other in surprising ways.
Running With Sherman
Christopher McDougall Is Born To Run With A Donkey
Through reading the book, one begins to learn about the Amish Community, and even though Chris McDougall isn’t Amish, that’s the area that he lives in, so it forms a backdrop to the story, for in some ways without them, he couldn’t do what he did.
One begins to learn about depression and sport, especially the one’s who indulge in a lot of training, and what happens when they stop and why depression may hit.
You begin to learn about training techniques because with working with donkeys you can’t force them into things, they have to believe that it is their idea.
You learn about Burro racing and the types of training that goes into it, and the understanding and the companionship that develops between people and animals.
The Quirky Sport Of Pack Burro Racing
Haulin’ Ass – Feature Film
And when one starts to learn about Burro Racing, you actually begin to find it is harder on the people than it is on the Burros.
Burro – Salmon TV
As coaches of people and team sports, we can learn a lot from working with donkeys and the partnerships that are built into making a successful partnership.
So in a story about donkeys, it is really a story about life, for if Chris hadn’t rescued and adopted Sherman, the story he come to tell would never have existed, and Sherman would have ended up dieing in a horrible existence