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The Tao of Equus: A Woman's Journey of Healing and Transformation Through the Way of the Horse Hardcover – September 9, 2001
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A better subtitle might have been, "A Groundbreaking Exploration of the Horse/Human Continuum."
She is a terrific writer, interweaving studies and research on all manner of topics (including brain chemistry!) with carefully chosen stories of her own and others' search for healing, wholeness and eventually, joy.
Her whole thrust is that the unique way that horses are made, makes them uniquely able to detect and mirror peoples' emotional states. Why is this such a big deal? Because, as she conclusively shows, people ARE their emotions, despite modern-day close-mindedness about it.
Not only does she explore the new and powerful profession of equine-assisted therapy of the mind, body and heart, but she also explores training methods, our historical and current view of horses' use, the interaction between the very different species of people and horse, and a very unusual but extremely interesting intuitive approach to ourselves, our horses and indeed, life and the planet.
This is a rather intellectual work; quite in-depth and well-studied. If you want a feel-good horse-and-rider story, look elsewhere. If you want to really dig into people issues, horse issues and the interface between them, you've come to the right place.
Oh, and the second and third reading are even better than the first!
She takes us to the other world of understanding horses, to the spirit side of communication. My children have wondered why I can make a hyper horse "whoa" just by "thinking whoa". I have told them that the horse hears what I'm saying in my head. They are now also using non-verbal communication, and 'visioning' to communicate to their horses with much success. This book gave me good stories to read to my horse crazy daughters, which gives proof to the "unexplained". I was enthralled while reading and felt that what I have sensed is confirmed by Linda Kohanov's ingenious writing. Her words are a song and a story and a lot of research combined. I rushed out and bought her second book before I finished reading this one!
If you have ever, even for the briefest of moments, loved a horse, wanted to be a rider, you will not be the same again, for in Linda Kohanov's telling of her story, she allows our broken & wary spirits to see more than the misery in our lives; to believe that within us is a kindness, a strength & a purpose long ago subjugated by our own trainers.
Full of revelations & healing. Much more than "just about horses."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
best book have read in a while. horses have been a part of my life for over 60 years this book is very insightful. talks about what you know and feel but have no words for.Published 27 days ago by muffy
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I renewed my childhood passion for horses two years ago when found a wonderful stables and trainer through a groupon. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kellybee
This book is a powerful tool for anyone working with horses. It has transformed how I work with horses. In my opinion, it's a spiritual text. I loved it.Published 3 months ago by Tammy Roth
Amazing. Changed everything I knew about horses AND people. Covers some arguments that waited way too long to be discussed like women's way of managing and leading.Published 4 months ago by Elena