- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: New World Library; First Trade Paper edition (June 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1577314204
- ISBN-13: 978-1577314202
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 157 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tao of Equus: A Woman's Journey of Healing and Transformation through the Way of the Horse Paperback – June 1, 2007
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Now I'm like "Wow, life is so much more complex and brilliant than I thought. Horses could help enlighten me and I'm suddenly beginning to use punctuation."
Read this book if you want to be like me. Don't read this book if you hate horses and learning.
By the second page of the Introduction I was in tears. Only two other books have ever had that effect on me: Les Miserables, and A Tale of Two Cities, and I had to get to the end to have the same reaction. The introduction describes a high-performing dressage horse who cannot find a rider worthy of him, until an animal therapist writes him an ad that draws his perfect rider to him. These kinds of unions have always gotten to me, and I never really understood why. Reading this book has helped. If you can believe the author, that horses have souls and emotions, it's easier to understand.
This is not an easy read. Much of it seems like research designed to mount a defense of a new academic discipline, to lend weight to what might be perceived as a frivolous pursuit. The therapy involved is far from frivolous, and I wonder if the author could have made her case with a few less words, and not quite so many reviews and references.
It's worth slogging through, however, to get to the jewels, the rapturous descriptions of all things equine. The wonderful case studies. The joy the author has in life. Reading this book makes you glad there are such people in this world, and such horses, and that they have taken the time to write. Well done, horse ancestors!