The Spiritual Life of Horses
By Lynette Marie DesMarais
Copyright 2000 by Lynette Marie DesMarais
ISBN: 0-9700446-0-7
Barah Press
PO Box 1579
Clinton, AR 72031
Fax 501-745-6697
barahpress@barahpress.com
www.barahpress.com
Hardcover 5 ¾” x 8 ¾”
105 pages
Approx. $22US

In “The Spiritual Life of Horses”, author Lynette Marie DesMarais puts into words the voices of her five Andalusian horses, sharing with the reader their enlightenment, knowledge, love, understanding, and compassion. It is not a fictional story in that it documents their ‘conversations’ - what the horses communicated to and requested Lynette to prepare, in book form, for humans - about a higher purpose for our being here. Lynette’s original ability to ‘hear’ the animals, forcibly strengthened by an unexplainable near-death accident, enabled her to scribe for them, so within this text there is nothing - not a word, verb, or purpose - shaped for entertainment use. It is all straight from the horses’ mouths - or minds, and it IS entertaining. This heartwarming and sometimes spine-tingling book takes the reader into new territory, provoking thought and encouraging ‘listening’. The introduction prepares the reader for the contents, which includes such subject matter as the nature of light beings, basic layers of energetic bodies, and astral planes and entities. Each horse contributes with his own uniqueness to the overall message, and a ‘mystery guest’ contributes at the end. “The Spiritual Life of Horses” is an endearing, light-hearted little book with a profound message. This book is an eye-opening and enjoyable read for anybody.


A Practical Guide to Horse Behavior - The Equid Ethogram
By Sue McDonnell, PhD
Copyright 2003 The Blood Horse, Inc.
ISBN: 1-58150-090-4
Published by The Blood Horse, Inc.
Box 4038
Lexington, KY 40544-4038
800-582-5604
www.ExclusivelyEquine.com
Hardcover 6” x 9”
375 pages
Approx. $40US

An ethogram, simply defined, is a ‘record of behavior’, and is an important tool for studying behavior. Thanks to renowned horse behaviorist Sue McDonnell, we now have “A Practical Guide to Horse Behavior – The Equid Ethogram”, a comprehensive catalog of the terms used to describe horse behavior. This handy and informative book names and describes behaviors from Acoustical signals to Yawn. The book dedicates at least one page to each behavior with the behavior as the page title, a sketch, a written description, other commonly used names, comments, in what equids this behavior is described, and excellent full-color photographs. Why the behavior occurs is mentioned for some behaviors, but not for most as that is not the purpose of this book. The book is organized into six color-coded sections: Maintenance Behavior, General Social Communication, Intermale Interaction, Reproductive Behavior, Play, and Domestically Shaped and Aberrant Behavior. It contains a Table of Contents, Introduction, Glossary, References section, and Index.

With this useful book, horse enthusiasts can all be on the same page regarding what horse behaviors are called. “A Practical Guide to Horse Behavior - The Equid Ethogram” is a well-produced and carefully prepared book that is a beautiful pictorial as well as a valuable tool for horse owners, veterinarians, practitioners, and researchers alike. It is very timely because we know that body language, or behavior, is communication, and is the basis of natural horsemanship. The behaviors in horses are natural, as the photos in this helpful book clearly show.


 

Holmespun – An Intimate Portrait of an Amish and Mennonite Community
Laura Hurwitz, Text
Amanda Lumry and Loren Wengerd, Photographs
Copyright 2002 Eaglemont Press
ISBN 0-9662257-6-7
Published by Eaglemont Press
15600 NE 8th #B-1
Bellevue, WA 98008
425-462-6618
www.eaglemontpress.com
Hardcover 11 1/2” x 10”
188 Pages, 200+ color photos
Approx. $45 US

“Holmespun” is a wonderful book to display on a coffee table because it can be picked up and enjoyed a few minutes at a time. It is filled with large, beautiful color pictures of all phases of Amish and Mennonite life in the quaint community in Holmes County, Ohio. Life is simple, and the simplicity comes through loud and clear in the words as well as the pictures. It encompasses good times, good food, hard work and the industrious nature of these conservative and religious people. Life as they live it - in self-sufficiency, fellowship, and tradition - is documented through interviews with some residents. The emphasis is on family, religion, honesty and the way it is applied to their everyday lives and businesses. The land was and is a major consideration and it is evident in the way the resources of the earth are used, without the help of technology. Protective of the environment, old farming methods are used and there is no waste of energy.

Although horses are an important part of their lives and appear in many of the photographs, little is written about their use and care. However, “Holmespun” will help the reader learn about and understand the often misunderstood ways of the Amish, and will instill an appreciation for their natural lifestyle and love of the earth. This lovely pictorial of Holmes County provides something for everyone to enjoy each time the cover is opened.


 

 

From the Horse’s Mouth
By Eugene Davis
© 2002 Eugene Davis
ISBN: 0-9721438-0-7
Rhoman Books
1708 21st Ave. S. #146
Nashville, TN 37212
www.rhomanbooks.com
Paperback 5 1/2” x 7. 181 Pages
Approx. $15 US

“From the Horse’s Mouth” captures the reader with its interesting, well-written, and well-presented story line, though the subject matter is painful to read about. This factual account of the behind-the-scenes atrocities in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry is told through the conversations of two horses who are enduring life in the show circuit. One of the horses is a youngster in training, the other an older retired mentor. Their daily lives and vivid dreams tell the story of the painful and torturous cruelty they endure for the monetary gain and prestige of heartless people. The story is not without its heroes, and with these characters there are bright moments and glimmers of hope for the gaited breeds. Sad but true, this book is not about isolated incidents, but is representative of the widespread use of horrid show-circuit practices and cruelties that these suffering horses endure.

It is hard to imagine that any horse owner, with any amount of liking for the horse, could allow these things to happen in his or her barn. Beginning with the very first page, this book will make the reader cringe, cry, feel nauseous, and even cry out - in disbelief disgust, and rage. Eugene Davis brings the reader right into the picture, enabling the reader to see and experience first-hand how these horses grapple with their situations. Eugene notes that all the non-historical characters, both human and equine, are fictional, but not without factual basis, and are drawn from composites or variations of real life characters he has known. The depictions of training practices and soring methods used in this book have all been either witnessed first-hand by the author or accounted to him by undeniably reliable sources.

The text is informative in that it covers the history of the Walking Horse, the original usefulness of the natural gaits, the characteristics of the various breeds, and more - right up to the present-day reasons for having Tennessee Walkers, and what people want to see in these breeds for their own personal desires, with no regard for the horse’s welfare. What these horses tell about is chilling and disheartening; what happens to them is illegal, yet it still goes on. This is unforgivable and needs to be stopped.

“From the Horse’s Mouth” contains a glossary of terms and a list of organizations for more information.
Eugene Davis is to be commended for speaking out for the horses, whose innocence and obedience have put them into a vulnerable position where they are commonly exploited for human greed. This book is an excellent piece of work, and will arouse the reader to react, which is its purpose. Only by the actions of many can things change for these innocent victims, the Tennessee Walking Horses.

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