Trafalgar Square/Horse and Rider Books
Release date: May 19th, 2015
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Compassion becomes the foundation for all decisions that an equestrian makes with every choice for their horse, for all people involved in the equine community, as well as the global community. Through choosing compassion as the common ground for all decisions, equestrians can become a movement for creating a kinder, happier, healthier, more compassionate world.
The Compassionate Equestrian is pleased to be an official partner of the Charter for Compassion's new Sector on the Environment. Please click the button above or see the Charter's page on this website. Scroll over "more" on the header.
Susan Gordon and Dr. Allen Schoen
The coauthors are a professional horse trainer (hunters/jumpers/dressage) and holistic veterinarian who have developed 25 Principles of Compassionate Equitation that help equestrians approach their horse problems, and issues faced by the entire horse industry, by first developing compassion for themselves and all other living beings.
We present personal, anecdotal stories that illustrate the Principles, references to current, relevant research, and the inclusion of exercises both in and out of the barn or arena that can be undertaken on an individual level.
Compassionate Equitation is a heart-centered, science-backed program for everyone who rides and handles horses. The 25 Principles educate and support the equestrian in their desire to create a safe, healthy, non-stressful and pain-free environment for horses, while encouraging approaches to training and handling based on compassion and a willingness to alleviate suffering not only for their horses and themselves, but for the benefit of all.
The Compassionate Equestrian is derived from over 60 years of cumulative experience between the trainer and veterinarian. We have come to realize many horses are in a prolonged state of suffering, and the root cause of that suffering, whether physical pain or mental distress, may be directly or indirectly related to approaches to riding and training. It is possible these conditions might develop anywhere along the entire chain of human handling from birth and early imprinting to various stages of the horse's education.
By developing compassion and applying the Principles of Compassionate Equitation to their own lives the horse-person will reach a new paradigm of caring and expanded awareness in their chosen training and handling methods.
Our wish for all those who work with and around horses is to be able to interact with them in joy, truth and inner peace.
Please explore the principles, our blogs, join us on Facebook, take part in the conversation, contact us for keynote speaking and workshops, and let us know how your blossoming compassionate heart works for the relationship you have with your horse, the people at your barn, and everyone else you encounter in the course of your daily life.