Zen Mind, Zen Horse

Zen Mind, Zen Horse

The Science and Spirituality of Working With Horses

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., LLC, 2011.
ISBN: 9781603425650
Branch Call Number: 636.10835 Hamilton 09/2011
Characteristics: vii, 311 p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm.


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ontherideau Jun 11, 2014

Decades ago a cowboy named Roy Rogers was a horse whisperer in a time before most people whispered to animals about anything. Horse training tools generally consisted of whips and ropes, dominance was the goal. Roy Rogers gently convinced the horse to follow instructions, their partnership was visible. Fortunately "gentling" is replacing "breaking" a horse in most of the world now.
Dr. Allan Hamilton takes the practice a giant leap forward. Dr. Hamilton grew up in Manhattan, graduated from Harvard and is currently a brain surgeon who trains horses and writes books.
Zen Mind Zen Horse is a work of science, intuition, leadership, animal husbandry and a glimpse into the life of an extraordinary man. One more thing- he is the medical script consultant for Grey's Anatomy.
Even if you don't know which way the saddle goes this is an enlightening read.

“Horses are like a band of legendary Zen masters. They are perfect teachers because they uncover your real motivation. They tell you when you’re wholeheartedly committed or faking it, when you’re making a sacred vow or just paying lip service. Horses see what’s holding you back. And when you find the courage to confront those shortcomings, horses will always reward you with a way to overcome them.”


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