The Tao of Equus – A Woman’s Journey of Healing and Transformation through the Way of the Horse
By Linda Kohanov

© 2001 by Linda Kohanov
ISBN 1-57731-182-5
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way
Novato, CA 94949
Hard cover, 6” x 9”, 363 pages
Approx. $25 US

Linda Kohanov’s “The Tao of Equus” could be viewed as a complex and intriguing account of her personal journey through life. Unlike a typical biography, however, this author’s book delves deep into the realms of ancient history, mythology, present-day, and even the hereafter - involving horses every step of the way.
This incredible journey has led Linda, founder of Epona Equestrian Services, to have a unique perspective on life and horses. “The Tao of Equus”, literally meaning “the way of the horse”, reveals the horse to the reader from an entirely different perspective than how horses are commonly perceived. Linda’s life, as it pertains to horses, also is very different. As a result, her training methods and horse-facilitated psychotherapy techniques are uniquely effective.

This book describes how the horse relates to the world from a yin (feminine) perspective, and how the horse helps people in dealing with the imbalances of modern life. Several interesting accounts of clients’ progressions are presented. To the horse, Linda explains, emotion is neither good nor bad; it’s simply information, however ‘emotional incongruency’ throws up a caution light to the horse. The horse, having inherent ‘emotion detection’ abilities for survival, can be very helpful in alerting an individual to unrecognized emotional difficulties.

“The Tao of Equus” contains research findings and historical accounts that substantiate what might otherwise be misunderstood as the author’s theory, speculation, or imagination. The author has done an incredible amount of research and homework, and shares her experiences and revelations with exquisite prose.

The book is presented in three parts. Part 1, ‘The Call’, contains four chapters: “Rasa”, “The Lost Art of Doing Nothing”, “Voices From the Ancestors”, and “Mind Under Matter”. Part 2, ‘Healing Waters’: contains “Wisdom of the Prey”, “The Politics of Intelligence”, “Horse Whisperings”, “Four-Legged Therapists”, and “The Wounded Healer”. Part 3, ‘Message and Meaning’, contains “Nekyia”, “Sacrifice and Communion”, ”Mystics with Tails”, and “The Art of Freedom”.

At the very least, “The Tao of Equus” offers a more insightful look at horses; more, it offers universal solutions if we heed its implications. This book could easily change the customary ways of thinking and perceiving, and could help bring about a new consciousness among humans. “The Tao of Equus” is for everybody - horse fan or not. Linda Kohanov deserves applause and thanks for this incredible piece of work.

The Treatment for Horses -
Energy-Work for Behavioral, Physical and Health Related Problems
By Alene Sibley

© 2002 Alene Sibley
ISBN 0-9719960-0-8
Published by Lucky Spoon Prints
PO Box 118
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
Softcover, 6” x 9”, 56 pages
Approx. $15 US

“The Treatment for Horses” is a little book with a BIG promise. The subtitle is ‘Three Weeks to A New Animal’, and the author spells out a plan for just how this can be done. The book begins with background about a special horse, and how - through this horse and centuries of healing pioneers and scientists - ‘The Treatment’, Alene’s plan, came to be.

The author offers an intriguing and interesting explanation of why and how ‘Three Weeks to A New Animal’ is not only possible, not just probable, but guaranteed. Alene’s three-week system, completely and freely revealed in this book, is simple, concise, and easy to do. ‘The Treatment’ requires one’s personal and unique connection to the animal, so its use is intended for the owner/ guardian.

Alene promises that ‘The Treatment’ is effective for physical limitations, behavior problems, training problems, and communication problems - and more. She says that without exception, connecting through energy is one of the most profound paths we can choose to take with our horses. She promises that practicing ‘The Treatment’ increases vitality, awakens intelligence and opens new avenues to healing. She promises a new horse and a new you.

If nothing else, “The Treatment for Horses” is interesting, informative, and delightful to read. Its black and white photos and graphics are lovely, well-done, and practical. It is a welcome introduction into the realm of bringing about healing and transformation.

But the author promises even more. Alene says that we can and will overcome the difficulties and limitations experienced in our equine partnerships, with ‘The Treatment’ - as long as we promise to do it. It only takes three weeks; I have decided to make that promise, and suggest you do too.

Horse Schools:
The International Guide to Universities, Colleges, Secondary Schools and Specialty Equine Programs
By Angelia Almos

© 2002 Angelia Almos
ISBN 1-4033-3143-X (softcover)
ISBN 1-4033-3143-1 (electronic)
Published by 1stBooks Library
2595 Vernal Pike
Bloomington, IN 47404
Softcover, 8-1/2” x 11”, 327 pages
Approx. $25 US

If you are looking for an education involving horses, this book will help you find the right school for you. “Horse Schools” is a comprehensive guide that lists horse schools of all kinds. The wide range of possible schools to attend is impressive - from accredited universities to specialty schools. The possibilities for study are quite diverse: English, Western, Dressage, Driving, Horseshoeing and Natural Trimming, Jumping, Eventing, Breeding, Racing, Rodeo, Equine Massage, Natural Horsemanship, Therapeutic Riding, Sidesaddle, Polo, and more.

Angelia Almos has organized a lot of information in a very user-friendly way. “Horse Schools” lists more than 500 schools in 26 countries, alphabetically by country and state, providing information about each school’s degrees and majors offered, type of school, contact info including websites, fees and tuition, description of programs, facilities, showing and competition opportunities, etc. Schools are also listed separately by field of study for a quick reference from which one can then refer to the school’s descriptive listing. For a quick find, handy icons at the beginning of each descriptive listing denote fields of study.

In “Horse Schools”, Angelia has provided: a TOC, information on how to use the book, a questionnaire with which to evaluate horse schools, a listing of the possible careers and fields of study, the descriptions of the schools, information on scholarships, a list of collegiate associations and equestrian federations, a bibliography, and an alphabetic index of the schools. There are pages for notes and even check-boxes with each description to note contact status.

No need to search the internet for schools one-by-one anymore. Angelia has done all the work - and the information is now available at your fingertips. “Horse Schools” is a must for anyone interested in pursuing a career with horses.

Video 'Views:

The Future of Training – Eventing
With Karen & David O’Connor
And Linda & Pat Parelli

© 2002 Parelli Natural Horse-Man-Ship
PO Box 3729
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
123 minutes
Approx. $40 US

In this exciting and inspirational video filmed at the Rolex 2002 “Future of Training” event in Kentucky, Linda and Pat Parelli team up with Karen and David O’Connor in not only demonstrating their skills and talents but in sharing their ‘secrets’ as well.

Having seen what Parelli Natural Horse-Man-Ship can do for them, the O’Connors, Three-Day Eventing Olympic winners, reveal how helpful and rewarding it can be for all horse enthusiasts. David and Karen demonstrate their use of the Seven Games as they play with their incredible horses Biko, Custom Made, and Panache.

The O’Connors show how they incorporate PNH into their training routine, both on the ground and mounted, and explain why it helps them be so successful. Love, language, and leadership are at the heart of a harmonious partnership, and it is evident that the O’Connors are valuing and continuing to enhance their language and relationships with their horses.

The importance of communication, body language, keeping it simple, mental and emotional development in the horse, and more are discussed. Also stressed is the importance of working on horsemanship skills first, then riding skills, and only after that specialization or competing – opposite of what they typically see. The O’Connors talk about the world of possibilities with the Parelli system, and why and how it works so well as they ride, play, and jump with their horses (David even jumps bridleless) - entertaining the audience with their horsemanship, and their competitive jump-off.

Pat Parelli enters riding his mare, Magic, bareback and without a bridle, doing spins and other maneuvers, while he has his stallion, Casper, on a lead doing games around and with him at the same time. Whew. Pat, with his usual crowd-pleasing humor and exuberance, talks about synchronicity and why it is important, the benefits of PNH extending to all relationships, and about horses and why the Seven Games are so natural for them. His exceptional performances prove it. The Seven Games form the foundation of horsemanship, and the future of training will involve the O’Connors’ expertise on top of it - likened to a cake and icing. Both couples agree that there’s no difference between English and Western - when things are done naturally.

Linda Parelli, with her delightful demeanor, humorously shares her ‘dressage history’, her discovery of the ‘cowboy’ and PNH, her first clinic, the way PNH changed her (and her horses’) life, and her horsemanship since then. Through it she is playing with and riding her impressive warmblood Remmer, and then she rides him - bareback and bridleless. She talks about how PNH has helped her and her horses tremendously, and how she now looks at horses - and how they look at her. She adds to the performance a lot of fun and laughs, and gives it an encouraging tone that lets the viewer know that really ANYone can do PNH.

This is another professionally-produced Parelli Natural Horse-Man-Ship video that everyone will enjoy - novice or expert. It is not instructional, but the viewer will learn a lot about horses and horsemanship just from listening to and watching the Parellis and O’Connors. There is a bright future for the world of horse training, thanks to the cooperative efforts of these four exceptional horsemen.