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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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The Tao of Equus, which literally translates as "the way of the horse," explores the possibility that horses are highly evolved, spiritual beings who offer humans opportunities for healing and personal growth. Linda Kohanov is the owner of Epona Equestrian Services, an Arizona-based collective of trainers and counselors that explore the therapeutic potential of equestrian pursuits. Although she does discuss horse training and horse behavior, Kohanov is most interested in what horses can teach us. Moving beyond the realm of horse whispering, Kohanov studies how horses awaken intuition in humans while also mirroring our unspoken feelings and fears. At its core, this book reminds us to be mindful as we approach the horse-human relationship. Like human-to-human relationships, we have to do our own personal and spiritual work before we can expect to create a meaningful and cooperative interspecies connection. Kohanov is a steadfast writer who isn't shy about claiming a strong feminine approach, showing how mythology and history are filled with examples of powerful woman-horse connections. She also has the courage to reveal her paranormal experiences with these intensely emotional and intuitive animals--stories that may sound familiar to anyone who has ever loved and dreamed of horses. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A freelance writer and founder of an equestrian therapy center, Kohanov relates the strange dreams, paranormal events and personal epiphanies that led her to believe that she was being visited not by just any run-of-the-mill poltergeist, but by a herd of ghost horses that wanted her to share their wisdom. It's a fantastic story, she admits, writing, "I wouldn't be surprised if some people use elements of what I divulge in this book to try to discredit anything else I have to say about the potential of the horse-human relationship." In a straightforward manner, Kohanov describes the strange events as she remembers them and explores their implications for equine-based therapy; using anecdotes from her experience as a facilitator of horse-centered therapy, she offers a compelling look at what these animals can do for traumatized and desperately unhappy humans. She also examines the role of horses in mythology and ancient writings and the relationships between horses and people. Her research is comprehensive, shedding new light on such familiar terms as "nightmare" and on well-known stories like the myth of Medusa (from whose blood the winged horse Pegasus sprung). Kohanov's tale will be greeted with skepticism by many readers, but her sure writing should turn a few of them into believers.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!
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