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Reading the Horse's Mind

By Jackie Budd

© 1996 Ringpress Books and Jackie Budd
First Lyons Press Edition 2003
ISBN 1-59228-209-1
The Lyons Press
246 Goose Lane, PO Box 480
Guilford , CT 06437
800-962-0973
Paperback, ~7.5" x 9.5", 174 pages
Approx. $27 US

 

In Reading the Horse's Mind. Jackie presents a very interesting history of the horse and its evolution, including why it has the physical, mental, and social attributes it has today. Extensive information is provided about the horse's natural instincts and behaviors. Jackie endeavors to help the reader see life through the horse's eyes, and to use his natural instincts to advantage rather than as sources of conflict. Input from popular people on the international circuit is also included. A very insightful and interesting book about the horse and his nature.

 

Horses and the Mystical Path

By Adele von Rust McCormick, Marlena Deborah McCormick, and Thomas E. McCormick

© 2004 by Adele von Rust McCormick, Marlena Deborah McCormick, and Thomas E. McCormick
ISBN 1-57731-450-6
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way
Novato , CA 94949
800-972-6657 ext. 52
www.newworldlibrary.com
Hardcover, ~6" x 9", 190 pages
Approx. $22 US

 

In Horses and the Mystical Path: The Celtic Way of Expanding the Human Soul, the authors - a psychotherapist family team - recount their enlightening journey, which begins in Scotland and takes them on a wisdom pilgrimage following the age-old relationship between horses and humans. Through strange and serendipitous encounters, they learn that the Celtic people intentionally befriended horses to cultivate the human heart and soul. The McCormicks explore the Celtic people's integration of nature, mysticism, and personal development, and in the ongoing tradition of the Celtics, they identify the horse as a symbol of nature and spirit. They discover how horses can be used to help people with mental illness and for awakening the spiritual instinct in all of us, and they realize that Celtic mysticism offers important insights into equestrian-partnered spirituality. This book serves as a reminder that the material plane is merely a fragment of a much larger reality. A well-written, interesting, insightful and contemplative read.

 

Horses and the Mystical Path

By Adele von Rust McCormick, Marlena Deborah McCormick, and Thomas E. McCormick

© 2004 by Adele von Rust McCormick, Marlena Deborah McCormick, and Thomas E. McCormick
ISBN 1-57731-450-6
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way
Novato , CA 94949
800-972-6657 ext. 52
www.newworldlibrary.com
Hardcover, ~6" x 9", 190 pages
Approx. $22 US

 

In Horses and the Mystical Path: The Celtic Way of Expanding the Human Soul, the authors - a psychotherapist family team - recount their enlightening journey, which begins in Scotland and takes them on a wisdom pilgrimage following the age-old relationship between horses and humans. Through strange and serendipitous encounters, they learn that the Celtic people intentionally befriended horses to cultivate the human heart and soul. The McCormicks explore the Celtic people's integration of nature, mysticism, and personal development, and in the ongoing tradition of the Celtics, they identify the horse as a symbol of nature and spirit. They discover how horses can be used to help people with mental illness and for awakening the spiritual instinct in all of us, and they realize that Celtic mysticism offers important insights into equestrian-partnered spirituality. This book serves as a reminder that the material plane is merely a fragment of a much larger reality. A well-written, interesting, insightful and contemplative read.

 

Seeds of Deception

By Jeffrey M. Smith

© 2003 Jeffrey M. Smith
ISBN 0-9729665-8-7
Yes! Books
PO Box 469
Fairfield , IA 52556
888-717-7000
www.seedsofdeception.com
Paperback, 6" x 9", 288 pages
Approx. $18 US

 

How has dangerous genetically-engineered food gotten into your and your horse's daily diet without your knowledge? In Jeffrey Smith's Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating, you'll discover, through shocking details, the cover-ups and lies that allowed it to happen. This explosive expose' is an infuriating account of how big business and politics have endangered, destroyed and ended human (and other) lives, and wreaked havoc on our environment. We aren't told what the biotech industry doesn't want us to know. In this informative book, you will also learn what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangers of this widespread experimental technology. A MUST READ for anyone who eats.

 

Healing for Horses

By Margrit Coates

© Margrit Coates, 2001
ISBN 0-7126-0138-4
Ebury Publishing
1 Stephen St .
London W1T 1AL
www.eburypublishing.co.uk
Paperback, ~7.5" x 9.5", 168 pages
L 14.99

 

Margrit Coates has provided a useful and horse-friendly guide to help us help our horses - with pure, gentle energy. In Healing for Horses: The Essential Guide to Using Hands-On Healing Energy with Horses, you will learn what healing is, why horses need healing, how to give a healing treatment, what other natural therapies are helpful, and much more. The veterinarian is included in the health equation, and a holistic approach is encouraged. Interesting and heart-warming stories and case histories are presented as well. This is a lovely, enlightening, informative, and useful book that our horses will surely appreciate.

 

What Horses Say

By Anna Clemence Mews and Julie Dicker

© 2004 Anna Clemence Mews and Julie Dicker
ISBN 1-57076-276-7
Trafalgar Square Publishing
388 Howe Hill Rd.
North Pomfret, VT 05053
800-423-4525
www.trafalgarsquarebooks.com
Hardcover, ~6.5" x 9", 218 pages
Approx. $20 US

 

This enjoyable book presents a series of interesting documented case studies in animal communication and the first ever survey of 62 horses - revealing their thoughts, emotions, and experiences, and some surprising answers. In What Horses Say: How to Hear, Help, and Heal Them, Anna and Julie also teach us how to learn to hear what our horses want to tell us. The authors' compassion and fresh insight have made this entertaining and practical book a delight to read, for anyone who loves horses.

 

Video 'Views

Yoga for Riders: Integrated Practice for the Equestrian

By Lil Lack

© 2001 Lil Lack Production, Inc.
ISBN 0-9716983-0-9
~30 minutes
Approx. $30 US

 

Want to develop physical and mental harmony with your horse? Want balance and coordination in your riding? Want to develop a supple, stable, and effective seat? Try yoga. In Yoga for Riders: Integrated Practice for the Equestrian, Lil Lack shows you how, expertly demonstrating and narrating each position. Before and after a ride, in your tack room or at home, yoga is an excellent way to achieve relaxation, stress relief, awareness, suppleness, muscle tone, and improved performance. Yoga, like riding, is an ongoing process of experience and learning, and short daily practice is helpful. Therefore, a picture poster of the different yoga positions is included with the video. Very nicely produced video and poster; enjoyable and instructional.

 

Hoofworks: Barefoot Basics - Looking After Your Horse's Feet… Naturally

By Peter Laidely

© 2004 Peter Laidely
ISBN 0-646-43211-7
Peter Laidely the Natural Hoofman
PO Box 451
Ferny Hills Qld 4055
Australia
www.hoofworksaustralia.com
Approx. $25 US

 

In this unique and very-user-friendly CD, natural hoofman Peter Laidely presents a wealth of information, from basics to minute details. Everything hoof - including extensive anatomy and function, tools and their use, catching and handling the horse, horse and handler comfort and position, stories and articles, references and resources, and a glossary - is presented clearly and sensibly. Hundreds of clear color photos, various graphics, video clips and animations teach the viewer, page by page, horse-friendly hoofcare made easy. No audio/ sound equipment is required. This comprehensive, well-organized collection of over 400 pages of instructional material is packed with helpful "how to" trimming and handling information. It is a must-have for any horse enthusiast.

 

 

 

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