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

ISBN-10: 1603425659

ISBN-13: 9781603425650

Edition: 2011

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Mindful work with horses, says neurosurgeon Allan J. Hamilton, can enlighten the human handler as much as it benefits the horse. Evolving over 30 million years to become the quintessential prey animal, equines have developed acute right-brain survival skills, such as leadership, awareness, empathy, and cooperation. In particular the horse has finely honed abilities to lead, communicate, and connect not with words, but with the vital emotional energy described in the Buddhist tradition as chi. When we learn the language of chi, we become more effective as leaders, more attuned to others, and more joyful as human beings. Zen Mind, Zen Horse begins by examining how the equine and human brains function, often related to their respective roles as prey and predator. Going on to draw insights and wisdom from spiritual traditions such as Zen Buddhism, Ayurvedic healing, and Yaqui shamanism and from the great horse cultures of the Mongolians, Bedouins, and Native Americans, Dr. Hamilton shows the importance of developing right-brain awareness and quieting the left-brain dominance of our Western brains. Seamlessly integrating spiritual principles and practical applications, Dr. Hamilton shows how to apply the chi-based approach to every aspect of horse-human communication, including: '¬¢ The act of grooming as a spiritual practice '¬¢ Techniques of alpha-horse leadership that make others gladly follow '¬¢ Gaze, stance, and gesture as training tools '¬¢ The irresistible power of infi nite patience Ultimately, the author shows the depth of insight humans gain into themselves, as well as horses, after working with these amazing animals.
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Book details

List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 9/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

Krystina Castella is a professor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She is the author of A World of Cake, Pops!, Crazy About Cupcakes, and Discovering Nature's Alphabet, and she has been published in Craft magazine.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 The Scalpel and the Soul,which won a Silver Nautilus Award in 2009. He is professor of neurosurgery at the University of Arizona and a medical script consultant for the hit TV series Grey's Anatomy. He raises Lippizan horses on a small ranch in the outskirts of Arizona.

Monty Roberts has worked with horses for more than fifty years & demonstrated his "join-up" technique & philosophy to worldwide audiences ranging from Queen Elizabeth of England to thousands of corporate executives. He lives with his wife Pat in California on their Flag Is Up Farms.

Foreword
Introduction
Days of Thunder
The Two Sides of Me
Chi & Equus
Grooming as a Tea Ceremony
Searching For Chi
Grooming as an Act of Love
The Magic Dog
Prey, Predator & The Rules of Learning
Patience
Leading the Way
Now & The Ocean Liner
Tiny Bubbles of Chi
Picking Up The Pace
Minding Your Manners
Sending Out & Backing Up
Tending To Horses
Sidepassing & Jumping
Come To Me
From Sack to Saddle
A Leg Up
Stopping & Spooking
Trailering (or not)
Epilogue
Twenty Exercises
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index
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