After we’d written Bobby’s Diaries, Bobby and I had got to the stage where we were like an old married couple. We knew each other’s habits and patterns and the way we’d each respond. Later on someone explained it to me that what we’d had was a bit like a marriage contract where each of us knew what to expect from the other. 🙂
Then Bobby started looking for more sensitivity from me. I’m chuckling as I write this. I didn’t take too kindly to the breaking of the marriage contract – all of a sudden he wanted something different. I was so bogged down in how we were together, that I didn’t understand what he was looking for or know how to give it to him.
So he started asking me to “Ride Matt.”
Matt was a tall, lanky, coat hook of a horse, who was difficult to put weight on because of his very long term windsucking. I didn’t want to ride Matt and I didn’t have time to ride two horses and told Bobby as much. “No I don’t want to!”
So Bobby blew his hoof off in one of the worst foot abscesses I’ve ever seen – his hoof wall was hanging on by threads – and he was out of action for a year.
“Now ride Matt”, I heard him say.
So I sighed and rode Matt, who put on so much weight and muscle across his back in this new sensitivity that he needed from me, that within three weeks of riding him I’d thrown away two of the pads that the saddle fitter had given me to keep the saddle off that terrible back.
Zen Connection with Horses is the journey to that sensitivity and deep spiritual connection that Bobby had started looking for. It’s a story about Matt and our Sunny Girl (pictured on the cover of the book the day she arrived) and Celtic Peace and a bunch of students horses who brought me to a whole new level of sensitivity and connection.
What they brought me fills me with gratitude still. So many things – but above all, they brought me the Feel of the great horse men and women and even bigger than that – THEY TAUGHT ME HOW TO TEACH THAT TO YOU through a deep and profound connection with your horse.
Zen Connection with Horses comes in a hold in your hands, paper and ink book with a CD of the audio lessons, that you can download to your phone or audio device and take them out to your horse. It has Australian and international postage options. Or you can buy it as an e-book, with downloadable audio lessons and be reading and listening in five minutes.
If you like to pick up a book and read a bit first, there’s the first chapter below.
As with ALL my books and programs, this book comes with my “Love this book or get your money back” Guarantee.
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Anyone who prefers the written version of the audio, just email me at email@example.com – although I must say, you will miss Deva Premal’s stunning voice and it’s not quite the same experience.
Here’s the first chapter of Zen Connection with Horses
For those of you who are looking for an extraordinary connection with your horse then hitch up your jodhpurs or jeans and settle down to hear how anyone, and I mean ANYONE! can have the pure poetry that you get when you are with your horse in an extraordinary connection.
I have a friend who always dreamed of being the rider in the scene from the Black Stallion, the scene where the kid was galloping the horse down the beach with the beautiful music and the wind and the waves. It took her a long time to realize that it was not the TASK that was going to bring her pleasure. It was not the galloping down the beach, even on her own black stallion that she needed to aim for, to bring her pleasure. It was the FEELING itself that she needed to aim for. And that she could have that feeling with her horse even if she never got in the saddle at all, let alone galloped down the beach.
Read that paragraph again, everybody, cos that’s really big… It’s that realization that will bring you through a short cut to a beautiful relationship with your horse. I’m laughing as I’m describing it as a short cut. I have sooo… taken the long way around personally. My wish is that this book be a short cut for you.
By listening to her own heart and her own horses, in her quest for horsemanship, my friend has gone from the uncoordinated and very frightened class dummy at every riding clinic, to an extraordinary horsewoman whose relationship with her horses brings them extraordinary mutual pleasure – whether she’s riding them or not.
“Zen Connection with Horses” will show you how to get that feeling that YOU are looking for from your relationship with your horse. And where-ever you take that feeling, whatever level in whatever discipline – just hang onto it, because it is a gift from The Horse to you….
So…whether you choose to be with your horse on the ground or in the saddle, this extraordinary connection will give you the confidence to listen to the expert in your horse / human relationship – you and your horse. It will give you the confidence to realize that YOU …truly… are … the expert … in this relationship – more expert in your relationship than anybody else. More expert than the really good rider down the road and more expert in your relationship than even a great riding teacher.
In the last few years, I’ve been uncovering, layer by layer, the magnificence of the spirit that is The Horse and I am awed at what I have been discovering. I have discovered an amazing, thinking creature, a creature of thought and feelings and actions that still surprise me at their depth and substance.
Originally I thought that it was just my horse Bobby who was so special. I thought that he was unusual and unique in his ability to communicate with me, clearly and with such deliberation. It was at that time that we were experiencing the experiences and writing the notes for the book “Bobby’s Diaries – Straight From the Horse’s Mouth to You”. Then it was other students’ horses, other horses in my herd, then readers’ horses – all with the same sentience, the same ability for deliberate communication…. when they are not afraid.
… when they are not afraid…
And that’s the basis of this book. To show you how to get this deliberate mind connection and step by step how to lay a foundation of communication and understanding between two beings – the horse and the human … both of whom are not afraid.
… It’s a communication between two beings that is capable of bringing you great joy and whatever else it is that you are looking for.
It seems to me that this revolution, this discovery that I thought was happening just in my back yard is happening all around the world. I get emails from people who are laughing and crying at the same time with relief that someone else is getting what they are getting. I’ve noticed that more and more teachers are teaching aspects of the same thing.
I’ve come to a theory that we all come into horses because we are yearning for the connection with this amazing creature. And that we go hunting for that connection in all sorts of ways, from racing them, to keeping miniatures in the back yard and everything in between.
It’s a connection that is sooo… satisfying to your soul when you get it.
And that’s where this book comes in. It’s a road to an amazing practical and spiritual connection with your horse and a simple foundation that you can use wherever and however you want – into any discipline, any sort of riding. It’s a road to any sort of connection with The Horse, whether it’s the racehorse that you part own, the much loved pet or that horse you admire or even yearn for down the road.
It’s not the only road, nor the only good foundation, but I promise you here and now, that if this is the road that you choose, you will experience things with your horse that will fill you with joy and wonder.