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Horse as Teacher: The Path to Authenticity - Reviewed by Carol M. Upton

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 13, 2012 12:25

Horse as Teacher:

The Path to Authenticity

Editor, Marilyn Schwader

Clarity of Vision, 2009

Soft Cover, $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-9824494-0-0

Available at www.horseasteacher.com

 

Reviewed by Carol M. Upton

 

It has been my privilege to collaborate with the talented and dedicated authors who wrote their stories here. They have reminded me of the healing gifts and gentle mirroring a horse provides when you are willing to let the lessons in and open up to following your heart.  ~ Marilyn Schwader

 

Most riders are aware that they can benefit from interactions with their horses. Not all of them know how powerful those lessons can be or how far a higher level of connection and consciousness with a horse can actually take them. Horses as Teacher is a fascinating story collection, the first in a planned series, to present ten authors who thoroughly explore this topic using their personal experiences.

 

Learning from and healing with horses is still a relatively new field, in which horses are used to assist in human emotional growth. Horses are large herd animals that have the ability to honestly mirror what their handler’s body language is telling them. Horses provide an ideal opportunity for humans to shift deeply from within.

 

Horse as Teacher distinguishes itself from other books in the field, not only because the stories are exceptionally well-written, but because readers are treated to each author’s heartfelt discussion of her own beginning path toward a gentler horse consciousness. This often involves encounters with very difficult horses, and experiences of fear, depression, anger, and other challenging life circumstances.

 

These authors come from varied professional backgrounds – Stormy May, Founder of Stormy May Productions, Melisa Pearce, CEO of Touched by a Horse, and Kathy Pike, Founder of the Mind Body Method, to name only a few. They all have one thing in common – they learned to listen and see in new ways what the horse, with exquisite sensitivity, was offering to teach them.

 

This book will educate and inspire anyone who is looking for a fresh approach to greater partnership with horses. Readers are sure to learn something new about themselves along the way.

 

The Horse as Teacher Book Series is dedicated to providing thought-provoking books for individuals who love horses and want to experience the special relationship possible between species. For more information on the authors and the series, or to become one of the authors, visit www.horseasteacher.com.

"Gumption and Grit" Edited by Sage Birchwater, Reviewed by Carol M. Upton

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 10, 2012 17:46

Gumption and Grit:
Women of the Cariboo Chilcotin
Edited by Sage Birchwater
Caitlin Press, 2009
Soft Cover, $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-894759-37-3
Available at bookstores and on Amazon
 
Reviewed by Carol M. Upton – www.dreamsaloud.ca

They just do what they have to do, with love and humor, be it making a home in the wilderness, writing books, breaking horses, trying to make the world a better place, raising families, raising spectacular gardens, putting their lives back together after some disaster, sometimes all of the above.
 ~ Diana French, Foreword to Gumption and Grit

The women of British Columbia’s Cariboo region were and are strong souls, experienced with hardship and adversity. Gumption and Grit is the first book in a new series that will showcase the lives and history of these women. This collection of 35 stories, some beginning in the early 1900’s, will resonate with ranch folks and history lovers everywhere.

Often living miles deep in unpredictable wilderness, Cariboo women had to summon their courage to overcome the day-to-day hardships. Jessie Moon had her foot stepped on by a horse while in late pregnancy, triggering premature labor, leaving her crippled and needing help to care for the new baby. Josephine Gregg recalls how her family coped with the toughest times by living entirely from the land – hunting, trapping, fishing, canning and preserving. Maddie Jack was 12 years old when she traveled with relatives through icy wilderness by horse-drawn sleigh to celebrate Christmas Mass with the one priest at Burns Lake. Chiwid was a reclusive first nations woman who lived outside, shunning the company of others and surviving the extremes of the frigid Chilcotin winters, for 50 years.

The women all had to fulfill multiple roles – from mother to trapper to rancher to homesteader, volunteer and business owner. Gumption and Grit is a fascinating tribute to their triumphs and survivorship.

Royalties from book sales will go to the Williams Lake Women’s Contact Society whose members originally started collecting stories back in 2002.

Sage Birchwater is the author of several historical books. He was a staff writer for the Williams Lake Tribune until his recent retirement. He still lives in Williams Lake and he has seven grandkids, a dog and a cat.