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“With hearts and minds open, we can learn from the wild and domesticated horses in this wonderful book.”
— Joe Camp, author of The Soul of a Horse and creator of the films starring the canine superstar Benji

“This collection of stories will remind anyone who has ever had a horse as a best friend, confidante, and soul mate of what a special gift that can be.”
— Carson Kressley, Emmy Award–winning TV host, designer, and author of Off the Cuff

“You don't need to be an avid equestrian like me to truly enjoy this book, as the stories resonate with a spirit of hope and harmony that is shared by all creatures great and small.”
— Alison Eastwood, actress, director, and producer

“The spiritual and physical bond between horses and the humans who love them often reaches mystical proportions. Nothing celebrates that very special relationship more movingly or with greater clarity than Horses with a Mission.”
— Steven D. Price, editor of The Whole Horse Catalog

“Through their courage, sensitivity, and kindness, the horses in this book become our inspiration and guides.”
— Michael Mountain, former president of Best Friends Animal Society

“This important book will spark your imagination and inspire you to embrace the magical moments in life that happen every single day. This book is a joy to read.”
— Melanie Sue Bowles, author of Hoof Prints and founder of Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary

About the Author

New York Times bestselling authors Allen and Linda Anderson are the founders of the Angel Animals Network, inspirational speakers, clergy members, and the authors of many books, including Angel Cats, Angel Dogs with a Mission, Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals, andAngel Horses. They live in Minneapolis with their family of pets.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; 8.2.2009 edition (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577316487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577316480
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought "Hidalgo", "Seabiscuit", and "Black Beauty," were classic unsurpassable equine stories. Now enters, "Horses With a Mission," a fine collection of true stories about horses making an impact in the lives of everyone around them. There is Pegasus, Molly, Avenger, Piper, Rocky, Diana, Cherokee, Butch, Saki, fascinating, intelligent, spirited courageous horses demonstrating overcoming fear, getting past traumas,giving unconditional love to those who care for them, and performing amazing feats of strength, and endurance. Molly's visits to hospitals, nursing homes, and a summer camp for children with cancer allowing herself to be touched, stroked,offering hope, laughter and comfort, standing on three "good" legs and one prosthetic leg as an inspirational example of survival is amazing.

This book is well written and packed with unique accounts of the many ways in which horses serve. The authors, the Andersons contend that every horse has a mission either as symbols of courage, wisdom, hope,forgiveness or in the entertainment arena of action, the sports field exuding athleticism, grace, and single-minded focus, - or to help us remember history, preserving the type of freedom we all aspire to attain - or offering emotional healing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about these unique beings. Perhaps you will too and you may find yourself agreeing with the authors. You might find yourself actually dancing to the rhythm of the mighty hooves of "Horses with a Mission."

ENJOY THE RIDE!
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My review may be a bit biased as my story is on page 60 - Finding My Passionate Purpose with Spring Thaw...

When I entered the online contest with the story I did it because it was something that needed to be told from my heart. When it later ended up in the book, I figured that it was the light of my horse, Spring that would reach out to the world. I am hoping that when folks read this story it will plant seeds of inspiration as it did for me to live it. I am on the cusp of launching my passionate purpose, Spring Reins of Hope (Getting to the Horse of the Matter) and it has been a long and winding road to get here, however I can never give up because of how much effort, patience and physical ailing that came from Spring in order for us to end up on this glorious path. So for that I hope people enjoy the book.

NOW I will tell you what happened with me when I got the first copy, well first I cried because my story was published, and I read it like 10 times. But then I started to read the rest of the book, the other 20 stories in there...and...wow....

There is so much feeling, healing, love, inspiration, hope, and humor in this book. Reading all of the incredible stories I realized that there are amazing horses everywhere all over this world doing their little peice of magic on the humans in their lives... I laughed, I cried, and I felt my heart grow bigger with this book. I am so grateful to the Andersons (Allen and Linda) for their work with the Angel Animal Network and for the tireless efforts they put out there into their many books and reaching out to help people all over realize that animals are gifts to mankind. True gifts and if we pay attention and are open to recieving them, this life is a heck-of-a-lot easier!!!

If you have people in your life who love animals or just need some inspiring - please get them this book, it will do the job!!!
best,
Christianna Capra
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Once in a while, you come across a book that allows you to revel in the beauty that is around us but not always noticed. "Horses with a Mission" brings to light the special bond that exists between horses and people. These stories can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Readers who loves horses or who would like to know more about them will find their "special" story within this collection. I invite you to read the first story (Look Inside link) for a true treat and experience for yourself a taste of what is awaiting you. Linda Stevenson
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I got an early copy, and have been reading it for the past three days.
I love it !

many of the stories focus on how the horses affect people by their actions, and how these situations turn out
helping the person(s) to become better individuals.

I plan on handing this book over to my niece when I complete it, she is a horse - lover and she will spend all her free time reading it.
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It was a nice book but it seems to me that all horses have such missions, or are capable of being therapist, friend, doctor, teacher, and all the other things that the horses in this book are/were. The relevance of this statement to the book is that I was somewhat disappointed; I was expecting more earthshaking stories than the general wonderfulness of horses, which is a thing I have experienced myself and whole-heartedly believe. Still, I think many would enjoy the book, especially those that are willing to accept anecdotal proof of the astonishing power of horses. I do not mean to say the book was dull or stupid. Maybe it is just that I already know a horse is a miracle on four legs. It is a pleasant read though, and I would recommend it.
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By Linda on April 18, 2012
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bought this book for granddaughters but read it first. it is informative about how to train and learn from horses, heartwarming.recommended it to a young lady who is just learning to ride and connect with her horse.it also shows how to deal with the death of a faithful friend.
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