The beautiful music – I love it, thanks! is called Sunset Highway and comes from Moosehorn Music, P.O. Box 356, Homer, Alaska 99603. Thanks to Tom Taffe and Devony Lehner – it rocks! Tom has a whole library full of lovely music appropriate for so many uses – so give him a call if you ever need any.
Special thanks to Leanne Tindal – who wrote the explanation for some cards and edited others. Thanks Leanne, your knowledge has been invaluable.
To Bobby, my horse who is The Teacher and all his angelic friends – earthly and otherwise.
I wrote many of the cards while and after reading some great books, including Linda Kohanov’s “The Dao of Equus”, her other book “Riding Between the Worlds” and Doreen Virtue’s “The Lightworkers Way”. I have a very good memory and I will sometimes have a great idea I don’t always remember is a quote. I am quite sure that some of the cards are quotes or adaptions from these books. Thank you to both of these authors for their extraordinary insight and talent.
Thanks to all the people who allowed me to photograph their horses and to others who supplied beautiful photos of their own.
Those oh so pretty foal photos were taken by me at Owendale Welsh Mountain Pony Stud at Trafalgar in Victoria. The stud is owned by Pauline, Bob and Darrell Owen.
That amazing photo of GoldStar the stallion on the “Leadership” card came from Corey Mindlin and her Villa Stud in New Zealand. GoldStar is now a real horse angel. The cute photo of the foal with the German Shepherd on the “Free Will” card came from Corey too.
All the Clydesdales in the photos belong to Len and Barbara Smith of Warragul. At the time they were carriage horses working out of Walhalla. Len and Barbara breed lovely crossbreds for performance riding horses.
Ulrika Ekholm from Sweden supplied the stunning photo of Blue Eyed Nell in the snow for the “Integrity” card. Blue Eyed Nell is now a real horse angel.
The oldsters of our herds – Kenny, Sue McKibbin’s horse and Peppi, Cat Kemble’s wonderful old thoroughbred have been immortalised now on the cards “Hidden emotions” and “Behavior”. These cards will make sure that they are never forgotten when they go off into the great herd.
The poetic photo of the Icelandic horse Kria – of her snow tipped nose – was supplied by Marja Van Run. I used that photo on the card “Clear intent”.
Two very artistic kids contributed two really special photos. 11 year old Emma Hagan took the photo of the two horses rearing with the light behind them in outback Queensland for the “I am never…” card and ten year old Amy Nicholas took the lovely photo of her horse Trixie doing a big yawn for the “Teacher’s Perception” card. Extremely well done girls and thanks for letting me use your beautiful work.
The “Joy” card with the two rearing horses – the tallest horse is Gina Da Silva’s beautiful warmblood Monty who is my Bobby’s brother. Bobby is the other horse in the photo. This day was their first meeting since leaving their birth place.
I used a lovely photo of Simone Daltons’s very wise young horse Sirocco in his bitless bridle on the “Tools” card, photo supplied by Simone.
The beautiful miniature pony stallion on the “Trust your heart” card is “Maylaura Adam” who stands at stud at Brantia Park Miniatures in Tanjil South, Australia.
The “Change” card has the only human amongst the horse photos. This lovely photo of Valezka and her pony Merlin was taken by her husband Brett. You wouldn’t think it to look at them – but Merlin and Val knew the biggest kind of chaos – and out of that chaos came a special kind of love and connection together. Merlin is also now one of the real horse angels.
“The wounded healer” card is our own very special Celtic Peace – who calls himself “The Healer” and was very much wounded himself in his racing career.
The beautiful mare Seven is the horse on the “Thinking for yourself” card. Photo supplied by Sue.
The “Green on green” card is our very own (well my daughter Melissa Mayle’s very own) Boot n’ Scoot – Boots for short. Orphaned at 9 days old and raised by our very special gelding Copper and then by the rest of our herd, he has to be the most sensible orphan foal I have ever come across. He is the “leader in training” in our herd.
Blu Diamond, from Larkspur Lodge in New Zealand is horse on the “Methods” card. Photo by Leigh Lark.
Holly Stoll’s lovely quarterhorse Random is featured on the “Behaviour patterns” card.
The photo of Melissa Mayle’s horse Buck’s joyful and cheeky butt rolling in the grass is the photo I used for the “Joyful power” card.
I called Remembering Moon’s photo “Bad hair day” and used his photo on the “What you fear you attract” card. Remembering Moon is a lovely Crabbit Arab stallion standing at stud at Bernie and Francis Dingle’s stud Stoneycroft Arabians at Nar Nar Goon, Victoria, Australia.
The “Thoughts as magnets” horse is Debby Tarr’s horse Parker. I took this photo of the young Kaimanawa (a name that describes the New Zealand brumby) in a clinic at Wainuiomata in the north island of New Zealand. Just the sound of Wy- nui-o- mar-ta rolls off my tongue with great affection for the time I spent there on Kettlefish Farm.
“Never wrong” s horse is the silhouette at sunset of Sue McKibbin’s horse Pan and what a powerful presence he is! Photo by Sue herself.
Dom and Blondie, my two miniatures playing in the fog are featured on the “I feel much loved but…” card. Understanding just how much these tiny horses are giants in spirit has been part of my journey.
The “I am a horse” card sooo… suits Devony Lehner’s much loved Mickey M, standing there covered in snow in Alaska.
The “Retreat” card has a much prettier photo of Remembering Moon, the Arab stallion standing at stud at Stoneycroft Arabians, Nar Nar Goon, Victoria, Australia.
“The place of learning” card is a prized photo of the Australian Light Horse at Practise, from the collection at the Light Horse and Field Artillery Museum at Nar Nar Goon, Victoria – owned by Bernie and Frances Dingle. What an amazing museum this is. They are just off the Princes highway at Nar Nar Goon and it’s a do not miss for horse lovers. Take a tissue with you because you will be moved.
My own very special horse Bobby is the “Is your horse still breathing?” card. And yes he is still breathing and still very much the Master Teacher, thank goodness.
Guy Dalton captured the action photo of Sue McKibbin’s horse Pan, that I used for the “Safety and learning” card.
A bunch of earthly horse angels got together for the card “Loving thoughts” – Bobby, Topacio, Bucky, Rapunzel & Sirocco.
Bobby and the rest of my horse herd have been a catalyst for me to understand how to reach my dreams – in horses and out. So it’s fitting that the “Dreams” card should have Boots, Bobby and UT featured on it.
We used Sue McKibbin’s Will and Mimi silhouetted against the sunset for the “Punishment” card. Horses don’t understand punishment and humans don’t do so well on it either. These young horses have been raised without punishment of any kind and both have the temperaments that I suspect would have been ruined by punishment.
The photo of Blondie playing in the fog is such an appropriate one for the “Trust” card. Blondie is a huge example of a caretaker horse and these incredibly trustworthy horses are often misunderstood. There is a whole bonus lesson about these horses in hte gift lesson set The Six keys to Happiness with your Horse.
Ahhh… The “I am wisdom” card. I gave that to our Sunny girl – Desert Moon. The Sun and the Moon are both in her name. She moves me to greater and greater heights of horsemanship so that I can reach my dreams.
The “Communication devices” card is a photo that I took at a camp draft one day at Trafalgar. I saw some simply superb horsemanship that day – and then I saw this… I don’t think this horse thought that this bit was being used as a communication device.
The “Variety” card shows a photo of UT, Universal Light, having a water day during his racing preparation. We often took him to the lake. He loves the water so much he would only get in just above his knees before he would be dropping into the water on his side and swishing around gloriously. His race training with us had stacks of variety in it – the lake, long kilometres out in the bush, speed days at the track – what fun he had!
I loved the photo of Christina Turissini’s Xino playing with his ball that I used for the “all work and no play” card. Photo by Christina.
My miniature horses run with the big horse herd as much as possible and you can see why in the lovely photo of Boots and tiny Domino companionably trotting up the paddock together.
I used Toby Houtman’s lovely photo of her horse Juno rolling in a blizzard for the “Good judgement” card. There’s no mistake here in this delicious enjoyment as he rolls that snow vigorously into his coat. Toby and Juno live in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
I used a photo that I had of the beautiful Topacio being the bossy mare for the card “never wrong”. So often we have a problem with horses bossing each other around, but if you sit and watch with the connection that you get from the first of the free lessons The Six Keys to happiness with Your Horse, you can get another perspective.
The “Spiritual journey” card has a gorgeous photo that Caroline Schillig of Portugal took of her horse Star. I called the photo “Star the Unicorn”.
Our Matt, who is not our Matt any more, but the much loved only horse of my dear friend Lindy Phillips is the perfect horse for the card “It’s not where you think it is”. And he doesn’t windsuck any more – woohoo!
Much loved and often remembered by Sue McKibbin, Spot – the real horse angel – is the face of “The journey IS it” card. It is appropriate that as a real horse angel, that she is also on the front cover of the i-phone app.
I liked the photo taken through my kitchen window of a young Boot n’ Scoot at his own first saddling for the “Preparation” card. I thought it was particularly appropriate as he was so well prepared for that saddle, he loved it.
Hmmm… the card “I freeze or shut down”… That’s my horse Bobby on that card, who was the ultimate freezer and shut downer when misunderstood and mishandled by me in the past. Napping and bucking higher than my head when it was demanded that he go forward. Bless him for bringing us this card as well as all the other gifts that this earthly horse angel has brought us and still brings us.
“Look behind my eyes”. The eye on this card is Bobby’s eye. This card talks about an opportunity for incredible healing between horse and person. It is sooo… appropriately Bobby’s eye on this card. He is responsible for more horse and human healing than any single horse I know.
“I am your mirror” features Bonnie Beresford’s stunningly pretty Halflinger, Folly. Photo by Bonnie.
The “I am your teacher” card very appropriately features our very own herd leader UT, who takes the teach by example role very seriously in our herd.
Young Sirocco is featured on the card “Do I really know?”- Sirocco and his Mum Simone are one of the loveliest examples of a green horse and green rider turning out to be a very successful combination.
The horse on “I do or I don’t do” is Whiskey, the beloved rogue (that sound is me smiling) of Cheryl McCullagh of Wainuiomata, New Zealand.
Ulrika Ekholm’s beautiful Jazz, galloping in the deep Swedish snow is the horse featured on the card “Reward the try”.
I took this lovely photo of Val McDonald’s Topacio with Cat & Meg Wyly’s Pepe. The card “Notice what IS” is a particularly important card for positive change and very apt for two such special horses.
I get all warm and fuzzy when I look at the photo of the miniature foal in the rug trotting after his mum that I used for the “Other people” card. Pulled back from the brink of death by me and alternative medicine only an hour earlier, this little guy, all of 12 inches tall at the time, made a full recovery. This card is a great reminder of the talent and possibilities contained in that World Wide list of Alternative Therapists. Make use of them because they rock!
This card still makes me cry “Cry my tears for me” it says, “… so that we both may heal”. Apache is the name we gave this horse when Melissa rescued him from the meat line at Pakenham market after a long lifetime of gentle service to someone. He became a valuable addition to our Healing with Horses program until he too, joined the real horse angels.
Angela Wood’s stunning Friesian Orion was a good choice for the card “Problems are opportunities”. Orion taught me one of my most valuable horse lessons that I talk about in the book Zen Connection with horses.
The last card of 67, “In times of danger” features a gorgeous photo of Devony Lehner’s Sweetheart showing his blind eyes. Sweetheart is the greatest example I know, of the kind of confidence that we are talking about in these cards and in the rest of the horse angel resources. Sweetheart was shockingly blinded when he was beaten by a human, but now lives an exceptionally good life and is often to be seen out and about in the forest with Devony around where she lives in Alaska. And an even bigger deal, considering what happened to him, Sweetheart has taken on a horse as healer role with the humans that Devony works with. Anger was my own very big “bete noire” to learn how to deal with. I cannot help but think that this work would have helped the guy who blinded Sweetheart too.