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The Tao of Equus: A Woman's Journey of Healing and Transformation Through the Way of the Horse

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,207 ratings  ·  94 reviews
The Tao of Equus considers the mystical nature of horses and the magical connection between horses and humans. Equine therapist Linda Kohanov tells of an extraordinary spiritual awakening she experienced with her black mare, Rasa. This incident led her to investigate the apparent metaphysical as well as scientific aspects of the human-horse bond. Using neurological researc ...more
Hardcover, 364 pages
Published August 7th 2001 by New World Library
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Oct 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
This was one of the most horrible books it has been my displeasure to read. I am very open to the idea of the mystical and healing relationship with horses, and natural horsemanship. I have had horses my entire life and know first hand their ability to read emotional states. However, I am thoroughly sick and tired of natural horsemanship practitioners taking advantage of people new to the horse industry or people who have had bad experiences and are now timid or scared. Their marketing scemes ar ...more
Sep 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Let me preface this review by saying I'm very sympathetic to the idea of it. I believe that animals have a soul, I believe in spiritual communication, I believe in animal rights, am a vegetarian, etc. I love horses, and find them one of the most beautiful, intelligent, spiritually attuned beings on earth.

That said, this book is horrible. While the writing is not unreadable, the book ends up feeling more like the author's self-serving attempt to convince you how awesome she is for having these in
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horse
The Tao of Equus:, by Linda Kohanov, is one of my favorite books to describe the bond between horses and people. The extended title A Woman's Journey of Healing and Transformation Through the Way of the Horse is extraordinarily true to life. I have witnessed this many times with both gals and guys, but Linda’s leanings toward better results with gals is also a valid statement. Her telling of her story was great.

Rural medical practice and natural horsemanship gave me unique tools to generate solu
May 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Parts of this book I loved. Parts of this book I could barely get through! I did not care for the author's belief that she had direct communication with all of histories 'horse ancestors'. I also looked for her credentials as a counselor and could not find any information to that effect so it bothered me a bit that it appeared she was giving psychotherapy to her clients but is not actually a therapist. At the time I read this I was working as an 'equine specialist' with a mental health professio ...more
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
Linda Kohanov has been through a healing journey personally and with horses and wants to tell everyone about the wonder of it. While I agree that there is a human animal bond that defies conventional explanations she tends to stretch logic a tad. Reads like a college thesis.
May 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horses
THis book led me back to horses and gave me the courage I needed to begin riding again at 55.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book. I really did. As a person who currently conducts equine assisted psychotherapy, I was hoping that Kohanov's book would give me some tips and insight into the different sessions that she conducts. Instead, I ended up with a pseudoscience book that waxes on the "collective conscious" that all animals supposedly have and how she was amazingly able to tap into this and suddenly understands just about everything that horses do. I've got news for you, Kohanov, it's called n ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this book. It broadened my perspective of relationships both with animals and humans. I loved her insights on trauma and emotional congruence. I did find myself struggling to follow her claims of scientific basis for things that I see as more mystical and spiritual in nature.
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I struggled a little at first with this book. I loved the horse stories, but got mired in some of the science and history. Not that it was boring—far from it, but I am a speed reader. I can speed read a novel at a thousand words a minute. This book did not lend itself easily to that. I found myself wishing I had my own copy (which will be shortly remedied, as this is DEFINITELY a book I want to own) so I could highlight and take notes.
Big sigh…..I do not know how to even come close writing a “r
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
While this book might not appeal to everyone, I found it fascinating, insightful, and inspiring. I was expecting a series of horse anecdotes with philosophical lessons to be learned from them, but this book is so much more. What I didn't expect was to find myself in tears as I related to the personal struggles that the author and her clients had experienced--I didn't think this book would bring up my own pain in ways that I could process and understand it anew. I am definitely going to explore e ...more
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
an amazing well written and extensive writing about horses and their universal energy and healing that Linda has learned to use in her clinics and her own equine centre. This is about equines and how they can teach people to rid of past baggage and current psychological issues through the assistance of psychologists and therapists and Linda's expertise and knowledge on connecting and learning from her own horses and others. I love horses and this book was a long extensive read but well worth it!
Dominic Buscemi
Nov 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Just our of this world. Linda knows her horses. When I read a blurb on the book, saying that the Author felt as though Horse were highly evolved spiritual beings, I knew right then that this was a book for me. I have always felt that why. This book explains why. Loved and looking very much to some of her other releases coming out by the same publisher. I believe one is a photography Coffee Table book. I'm sure it'll be spectacular.
Cosmic Sher
Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mind-expanding
I loved this book and it was very timely for me to read. Her ability to describe/explain the spirituality, history and science behind our relationship with horses was exceptional. I believe she is daring in telling her stories because they are unconventional and not 'reasonable' but come from a deep spiritual/emotional side of her that I applaud her for. This book has helped further my search for the mystical, as well as shown a different perspective on our relationships with animals.
Rhonda Lane
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's not just about the horses, but about the people around them, how they relate to each other and view themselves. I seem to read this series once a year, usually around the holidays, and see something new in it each time. I found the second book RIDING BETWEEN THE WORLDS more useful personally, but this is Kohanov's early journey before going between the worlds. So, read this one first, then serially.
Bethany Fancher
Horse lovers must read
Dorota Raciborska
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary, moving book, thanks to the writing skill, experiences and the research that went into it.
Alla Hirsch
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book by an incredible woman. Heart, soul and spirit connections that heal and give light to darkness.
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very thought provoking read. It made interesting comparisons of keeping the yin and yang in life and horses and very Christ-like ways to gain peace and harmony with your self and horse.
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loves
One of the most beautiful gifts I have ever been given. I will never be without this book. Thank you deeply Michael.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this 6 stars. This book had so many insights into my soul that I'd never heard from another source.
Leah Walsh
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I originally heard about this book through Sharon Blackie's If Women Rose Rooted If Women Rose Rooted: A Life-changing Journey to Authenticity and Belonging. My appreciation for this work was deepened by the amount of time I took to read it. There is so much here and all of it rich and worth holding and meditating with. As a sensitive human, I found so many of my own sensual experiences validated in these pages. The research Kohanov shares as she weaves in stories of her horses and clients is e ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fairly interesting read about the relationship between and the mystery of healing and transformation with horses and humans, particularly women. The author uses examples from her therapeutic riding experience on how horses mirror our emotions and can help us heal as we can help them heal from a traumatic past. The author doesn't just delve into the individual pasts of equines and people, but also steps into the ancient collective past through dreams and visions. It's a good read for a ...more
Janice (JG)
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't think you even have to know a horse to enjoy this book. The inclusion of Jung and Joseph Campbell as just two of the sources, not to mention neuroscientists, brain specialists, biologists, psychotherapists, equine experts and whisperers, Lao Tsu, Buddha and Jesus... there is enough juicy information here to satisfy most skeptics as well as seekers and, oh yes - horse lovers. I'll admit to moments when I thought I could feel little bits of my brain exploding. What I never expected was the ...more
Eileen Taft
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paradigm Breakthroughs

I am personally in a difficult period of experiencing the letting go of emotions related to childhood traumas. The wisdom in this book has been an integral part of my being able to receive clarity about my experiences, so that I can shift into more ease and be at peace with myself. Thank you.
Maura W
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As someone who had an extremely traumatic childhood, this book was both profound and very healing to me. I would recommend it to anyone, whether they have a background with horses or not.

This book has helped me to finally begin to find my life's purpose. I wish that I'd read it many years ago.
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
While I could really relate to a lot of the information in the book including incredible experiences working with horses, it was a little disjointed. It didn't have a great flow to the book and seemed to jump around. I do appreciate how she wove in some psychology, referenced other books and talked about things like creative geniuses. I learned a lot but still, it didn't have a great flow.
Carrie Mundlin
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing read

I enjoy the way the book was written it kept my mind thinking and me interested and engaged. I recommend this book to my dad and have purchased a hard copy for him. I choose the rating because I enjoyed the entire book and it was exceptionally well done.
Greg Boyce
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horses
it was if i read my on journey with horses. A amazing story of a horse and the Equus spirit which heals
Jesse Freedom
I did not learn as much as I was hoping I would, the author seems to think poorly of most humans, and this book could have been a lot shorter. Still, parts of it were inspirational and interesting.
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Linda is an author, speaker, riding instructor and horse trainer who has become an internationally recognized innovator in the field of Equine Experiential Learning and a respected writer on the subject of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy.

Her book "The Tao of Equus: A Woman’s Journey of Healing and Transformation through the Way of the Horse" was selected as one of the Top Ten Religion and Spiritu

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