The Compassionate Equestrian
If Changing the Way You Work with Horses Could Change the World. Would You Do It?
World-renowned veterinarian and author Dr. Allen Schoen and long-time trainer and competitor Susan Gordon believe that we can, in fact, effectively change the world, one horse at a time. In their new book, The Compassionate Equestrian: 25 Principles to Live by When Caring for and Working with Horses, published by Trafalgar Square Books, Dr. Schoen and Gordon introduce the 25 Principles of Compassionate Equitation: a set of developmental guidelines that encourage a profound level of personal awareness during not only interactions with horses, but with all sentient beings. By developing deeper compassion for our horses-and for ourselves, equestrians take the first step on a path to transcending differences and disagreements, learning instead to empathize and connect more closely with the "global collective" of horses and horsepeople.
In The Compassionate Equestrian, discover the simple changes any horseperson can make that will ultimately have a vast impact on the rider's relationship with the horse, the state of the horse industry, and the world as a whole.
ALLEN SCHOEN, DVM, MS, PHD (HON.) is one of the pioneers in veterinary acupuncture and natural therapies, and has been acknowledged worldwide for introducing the concept of an integrative approach to veterinary medicine, bridging the gap between conventional and alternative treatment. Dr. Schoen edited two veterinary textbooks-Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancient Art to Modern Medicine, and Complementary & Alternative Veterinary Medicine: Principles and Practice (co-edited with Susan Wynn, DVM)-and is the author of two books for the general public: Love, Miracles, and Animal Healing and Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live.
SUSAN GORDON was a professional hunter/jumper trainer from 1983 to 2009. After retiring from training and teaching, Gordon founded Green Pony Productions for the production of digital media content relating to social justice issues for horses. She writes and blogs regularly regarding the 25 Principles of Compassionate Equitation.
Early praise for The Compassionate Equestrian
"This is a book for those who seek a mutually satisfying relationship with their horses. The Principles provide a road map...we should read them carefully and often." —Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, Dipl. ACVSMR, MRCVS
"The Compassionate Equestrian is both ahead of its time yet remarkably ancient in its wisdom and fundamental teachings. Based in art and proven modern science, the 25 Principles are a priceless collection of universal values, methods, and techniques that will greatly improve the mind and body of both horse and rider. This impactful book is loaded with valuable lifelong lessons that place compassion and empathy at their core. It will enable readers to develop and sustain meaningful, respectful, and successful partnerships with their horses." -Philip E. Richter, Treasurer, United States Equestrian Team Foundation
The Compassionate Equestrian is available now from the TSB online bookstore at www.horseandriderbooks.com. Trafalgar Square Books is the leading publisher of equestrian books and DVDs.