Zen Mind, Zen Horse: The Science and Spirituality of Working with Horses

Zen Mind, Zen Horse: The Science and Spirituality of Working with Horses

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by Allan J. Hamilton MD
     
 

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Eastern philosophy enters the stables in this unique guide to horsemanship. Allan Hamilton describes how horses understand and respond to the flow of vital energy around them. They use this energy, called chi, to communicate with their herd, express dominance, and sense predators. Hamilton shares safe, simple techniques to make you more receptive to your

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Eastern philosophy enters the stables in this unique guide to horsemanship. Allan Hamilton describes how horses understand and respond to the flow of vital energy around them. They use this energy, called chi, to communicate with their herd, express dominance, and sense predators. Hamilton shares safe, simple techniques to make you more receptive to your animal’s chi, so you can develop a calm and effective training style that will not only help your horse follow commands, but strengthen the spiritual bond between horse and rider. 

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Zen Mind, Zen Horse is far more than a book about how to care for a horse, though it stands out as one of the best on the subject. Rather, Hamilton has given humans a way to achieve our highest good by allowing horses to be our guides. This beautiful testament to the power and magic of equine energy captures the soul of a horse perfectly.

Zen Mind, Zen Horse is both practical and profound, offering sound advice for tapping the wisdom of horses as natural mindfulness teachers.

These deceptively simple techniques embody a powerful set of spiritual techniques.

Andrew Weil
Combining brain science, horse sense, and fine storytelling, this spiritual handbook points toward a special and completely real form of enlightenment.
Stephen Kiesling
Combining brain science, horse sense, and fine storytelling, this spiritual handbook points toward a special and completely real form of enlightenment.
Susan Richards
Zen Mind, Zen Horse is far more than a book about how to care for a horse, though it stands out as one of the best on the subject. Rather, Hamilton has given humans a way to achieve our highest good by allowing horses to be our guides. This beautiful testament to the power and magic of equine energy captures the soul of a horse perfectly.
Linda Kohanov
Zen Mind, Zen Horse is both practical and profound, offering sound advice for tapping the wisdom of horses as natural mindfulness teachers.
Library Journal
Calling his work with horses an avocation, Hamilton, a neurosurgeon, consultant for Grey's Anatomy, and nationally known horse trainer, emphasizes the spiritual connection that can exist between horses and humans. He argues that people need to quiet their inner voices, allowing the intuitive right side of the brain to guide human/equine relationships and communication. He compares horses to a band of legendary Zen masters, perfect teachers that help uncover their trainers' real motivations. Hamilton builds on Parelli's principles of natural horsemanship, explaining equine and human brain function, chi (life energy), and the seven chakras that all play into nonverbal communication. He provides groundwork for his concepts as well as specific instructions for readers. Personal stories and equine legends are interspersed throughout the text. VERDICT Hamilton's ideas will resonate with anyone who has ever formed a close relationship with a horse. The sometimes lyrical writing is clear and persuasive, and the examples and illustrations are good for novices and experts alike. Recommended.—Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603427807
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
09/10/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
461,299
File size:
12 MB
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Meet the Author

Allan J. Hamilton, MD, is a Harvard-trained brain surgeon, a renowned horse trainer, a developer of equine-assisted learning programs, and the author of Lead with Your Heart and Zen Mind, Zen Horse (Gold Nautilus Award winner). He is a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Arizona and a medical script consultant for the hit television series Grey’s Anatomy. He raises Lipizzan horses on a small ranch on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona.
 

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Zen Mind, Zen Horse 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
lovingly_lisa More than 1 year ago
Just borrowed this book from library and love love it. Any one who loves horses an or works with horses should read this book. Definatley purchasing it. Kinda want hard copy versus digital as this book has great diagrams for learning chi placement and manipulation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must say this is one of the best books I have read. It's as if your standing right because the writer listening. In the 20 years I've been around horses this book gave me much more insight to being with my horses. Love it and will pass it on... Thanks Debbiexo
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ancientramsay More than 1 year ago
enlightening and inspiring
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Not as expected
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Listened to an interview of Dr. Hamilton . Thought I could learn some thing new on the matter of natural horsemansip. I was very disappointed.