I don’t have a whole lot to say about the last section of this book. I thought it rather serendipitous that the author would mention Nikola Tesla, but that doesn’t belong on this blog. Mostly she talked of results within her program and otherworldly connections between mankind and animals. It stretches the beliefs for even the most spiritual. Whether you buy into any of it or not, if you have any ability to see from another perspective or are willing to accept that sometimes things happen that you can’t explain, then there’s something to take away.
At the very least the author explores that special, often undefinable, connection that people have with their horses. We sometimes forget it exists until it’s not there anymore. I’ve had to say goodbye to my horses for the time being and it changes how I feel – about everything. The empty void and restlessness can only be cured by a moment of contact with horse flesh.
There’s something magical about the horse. Be as left brain as you want, it can’t be denied. We all know it exists. The author explores that cover to cover, and while you may not agree with her conclusions there’s enough every day evidence to know she’s right to ask the questions and explore. Just listen to those who work in therapeutic riding programs describe how their uncommunicative pupil suddenly lights up; a poetic soliloquy erupting from their mouth as they nuzzle against the horse, or how that juvenile delinquent on a collision course for a long term jail cell quiets the rage inside and takes back control of their life simply by having to be responsible for a horse.
Winston Churchill got it right when he said, ‘There’s something about the outside of a horse that’s good for the inside of a man.’ But there’s more to it than that. There’s also something inside the horse that’s good for us all.
Thank you to those who’ve read this book along with me. It was a tough read at times. And thank you to all the others who participated in the discussion anyway.