The Spiritual Life of Horses
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
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
Holmespun – An
Intimate Portrait of an Amish and Mennonite Community
“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
“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
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.