If Changing the Way You Work with Horses Could Change the World…Would You Do It?

And so begins The Compassionate Equestrian dialogue. We welcome your participation in helping us create a new paradigm of care and mindfulness toward your horses, and all living beings.

We realize many of you have just received the book and we thank you very much for your purchase. It is a lot of reading, therefore, I will pick up with blog posts on the book’s Principles starting next week.

Dr. Schoen and I are extremely grateful to our wonderful editor, Rebecca Didier, and all of the dedicated, professional staff at Trafalgar Square Books.

Happy reading, and we look forward to hearing from you!



Photo by Keron Psillas. Photo by Keron Psillas.

In their new book THE COMPASSIONATE EQUESTRIAN, world-renowned veterinarian and author Dr. Allen Schoen and long-time trainer and competitor Susan Gordon introduce the 25 Principles of Compassionate Equitation, a set of developmental guidelines that encourage a profound level of personal awareness during not only interactions with horses, but with all sentient beings. By developing deeper compassion for our horses—and for ourselves—equestrians take the first step on a path to transcending differences and disagreements, learning instead to empathize and connect more closely with the “global collective” of horses and horse people.

The 25 Principles are simple changes any horseperson can make that will ultimately have a vast impact on his or her relationship with the horse, the state of the horse industry, and the world as a whole.

In chapter 11 of THE COMPASSIONATE EQUESTRIAN, Dr. Schoen and Gordon discuss the concept of training with…

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