Zen Mind, Zen Horse: The Science and Spirituality of Working with Horses
by Allan J. Hamilton, M.D.

Zen Mind, Zen Horse is a primer on spirituality, brain function, and the bonds between the equine and human species. It is both a technical manual for training horses and a guide to extracting the deeper, spiritual lessons we can learn from these animals and applying them in our daily lives. It looks at horsemanship as a spiritual journey, open to anyone, at any level of expertise, and at any stage in their lives.

Start Your Journey Down a New Path Toward Spirituality
Anyone who loves and admires horses will develop a new understanding of how humans interact with them; and how those interactions can lead to spiritual awakening. Dr. Hamilton’s insight will give you not only a new horse training perspective, but guide you on a journey of self discovery as you learn to extract the spiritual lessons horses can teach us, and apply them to your daily life.

Chi: Going With the Flow
Horses have evolved to understand and respond to the flow of vital energy — chi — around them, using it in their body language to communicate with members of their herd, to express dominance, and to sense danger from nearby predators. Being quietly present and receptive to your horse’s energy opens the potential of your emotional, intuitive right brain. These simple, safe groundwork techniques reveal a pathway to awakening your deep sensitivity, calm leadership, intuition, and mindfulness.

Seamlessly integrating spiritual principles and practical applications, Dr. Hamilton shows how to apply the chi-based approach to every aspect of horse-human communication, including:

  • The act of grooming as a spiritual practice
  • Techniques of alpha-horse leadership that make others gladly follow
  • Gaze, stance, and gesture as training tools
  • The irresistible power of infinite patience



The Brain Surgeon Who Listens to Horses
Allan J. Hamilton, MD, is a Harvard-trained brain surgeon, a renowned horse trainer, a developer of equine-assisted learning programs, and the author of Zen Mind, Zen Horse and The Scalpel and the Soul, which won a Silver Nautilus Award in 2009.

Dr. Hamilton is a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Arizona and a medical script consultant for the hit television series Grey’s Anatomy. He raises Lipizzan horses on a small ranch on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona.

Zen Mind Zen Horse is published by Storey Publishing. You can order yours today at Amazon, or find it in your favorite book store.


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