The Tao of Equus - The Way of the Horse
Linda Kohanov's experiences with horse ownership has led her on a journey that she never would have imagined in her wildest dreams.
Read about what the horses in her life have revealed to her; a way of looking at the horse/human dynamic that goes far beyond "horse whispering." These books are full of thought-provoking ideas unlike any you've ever experienced. A whole realm exists outside the "predator/prey" dynamic that many horse owners have sensed the existence of, but were reluctant to acknowledge.
Kohanov's books are eloquent, rich, and well researched. You will find yourself reading about current findings in psychology and brain science right alongside references to the Bible and ancient mythology.
"The human habit of suppressing feelings is notoriously unsettling to a species that survives by being able to gauge a predator's intentions at a distance. A person who is "emotionally incongruent", who acts one way while feeling the opposite, appears dangerously out of focus to the equine awareness system."
"These horses are the "high sensitives" of the herd. Standard desensitization techniques can have an unexpected effect, making them withdraw or panic... they often end up at the killer's because they can't be 'fixed'."
*Gina's note: "These books are some of my all time favorites. I review a LOT of material in consideration for our catalog - and whenever I pick up one of Linda's books I end up reading something that helps me through some struggle that I am experiencing. They technically are not how-to type horse training texts, but I can honestly say that I have learned more useful things about the dynamics of interacting with others (horses and humans) from these books than all others I've read combined."