We are pleased to announce THE COMPASSIONATE EQUESTRIAN will be published by Trafalgar Square Books/Horse and Rider Books. Release date: April 15th, 2015.
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We are bringing an opportunity to the equestrian world that teaches a new way of being with your horse, yourself, and everyone you encounter at your barn, for the benefit of all. What kind of barn will you walk into today?
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.
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Susan Gordon and Dr. Allen Schoen
We are a professional horse trainer and veterinarian who have developed a teaching program based on our 25 Principles of Compassionate Equitation that help equestrians approach their horse problems by first developing compassion for themselves and all other living beings.
We do this with personal, anecdotal stories that illustrate the teachings, references to current, relevant research, and by the inclusion of exercises both in and out of the barn or arena that can be undertaken on a personal level.
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The Compassionate Equestrian is the forthcoming teaching guide and companion book to 25 Principles of Compassionate Equitation, created as the result of conversations between professional trainer, Susan Gordon, and holistic veterinarian, Dr. Allen Schoen DVM.
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.