In "The Tao of Equus", author Linda Kohanov intertwines the story of how she awakened to the spiritual presence of horses with compelling mythology, research, and personal anecdotes. The result is an extraordinary story of healing and communication that turns our conventional understanding of these amazing creatures upside down. A horse trainer and equine-facilitated therapy practitioner, Kohanov first began exploring the horse human connection in the early 1990s. When her black mare, Rasa, became lame, she was plagued by a series of sinister dreams and premonitions. Finally, prompted by her dreams, she cancelled a risky surgery to save Rasa's potential career in competitive riding. To relate to the injured horse outside conventional equestrian pursuits, Kohanov immersed herself in the day-to-day activities of the herd. In the process, she discovered that horses are intensely emotional, intuitive, intelligent beings. They are true reflections of our deepest souls. Over time, she discovered their extraordinary ability to awaken intuition in humans, while mirroring the authentic feelings people try to hide, which makes these animals powerful therapeutic teachers. Kohanov describes the subtle emotional and even clairsentient cues she tapped into after time spent interacting with her herd. And she details the techniques she developed to help students strengthen mind body awareness and access their own extrasensory abilities through the way of the horse.
I really enjoyed this book because it gave me insight into areas of the equine psyche that I hadn't considered before.
In some areas I struggled with the authors use of description, (so there were a lot of words I had to look up in the dictionary), but I persevered and got a great deal out of the book.
I would recommend 'The Tao of Equus' to anyone who is willing to think outside of the box, in terms of animal behaviour and spiritualism.
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