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Recommended Reading and Video Resources

With focus on horses …..

Horses Never Lie, by Mark Rashid.
Mark Rashid coined the term “passive leadership”, describing the difference between being the “alpha horse” (the active leader of the herd) and being a passive leader, who is respected but not feared.  To read a review of this wonderful book, click here.

Considering the Horse, by Mark Rashid.
Entertaining and interesting stories of “problems” and solutions with horses.

Dancing with Horses:  Communication by body language, by Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling.
Wonderful book on how to use the horse’s own body language to communicate effectively, both on the ground and in the saddle – without the use of painful equipment or fear –  with your equine friend.

Coming Together, video by Klaus Hempfling.
Use body language to establish leadership, friendship and trust!

Naked Liberty, by Carolyn Resnick.
A captivating memoir of Carolyn’s experience living with a herd of wild mustangs for two summers (as a teenager), and her struggle to be accepted all the way from being at the bottom of the pecking order up to riding on the back of the lead mare.

My Space Your Space: Understanding Horse Culture, video by Mary Ann Simonds.
Mary Ann Simonds (B.S., M.A.)  is a leading expert of equine behavior, having studied horse ecology for over 30 years and served on the US Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.  She combines scientific knowledge with intuitive wisdom to help people understand the true nature of horses.  Mary Ann provides clinics, lectures and consults internationally and her articles are often featured in such magazines as Holistic Horse and Equine Wellness.

Herbs & Aromatherapy for Horses, video by Mary Ann Simonds.
Join Mary Ann Simonds on a walk through her garden as she demonstrates and discusses natural herbs, liniments, poultices, fly sprays, etc., used to keep horses naturally healthy.

With focus on dogs/cats …

Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, by Rupert Sheldrake
Fascinating scientific look at telepathy in animals, where Sheldrake shares hundreds of documented cases that show the innate telepathic connection animals share with their human companions.

Unleash Your Dog’s Potential:  Getting in TTouch with Your Canine Friend, video by Linda Tellington-Jones.
TTouch techniques that will help dogs overcome physical and behavioral issues, such as excessive barking or chewing, leash pulling, jumping up, fear-biting, timidity, resistance to grooming, hyperactivity, hip dysplasia, fear of thunder and more.

The Genius of Dogs: Discovering the Unique Intelligence of Man’s Best Friend, by Brain Hare and Vanessa Woods.
The international bestseller that reveals the amazing mind of your favorite friend, the seminal book on how dogs evolved their unique intelligence by award-winning scientist Dr. Brian Hare.

Inside of a Dog:  What Dogs See, Smell and Know, by Alexandra Horowitz.
The International New York Times Bestseller by cognitive scientist Alexandra Horowitz, who shares what it might be like to be a dog.

Four Paws Five Directions:  A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats and Dogs, by Cheryl Schwartz DVM
A comprehensive look at Traditional Chinese Medicine for cats and dogs, relatively easy to follow even for those who have little previous knowledge.

Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats, by Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD, and Susan Hubble Pitcairn
A complete reference to holistic care for dogs and cats, including nutritional and homeopathic info, and much more!

With focus on animal communication …


Animal Talk by Penelope Smith
Introductory book covering the basics of animal communication, with clear guidance to communicate with your animal companions.  The first and most important book for anyone interested in animal communication.

Animals in Spirit by Penelope Smith
This lovely book is a compilation of stories involving animals who have passed on, and the many ways they continue to touch their people’s lives.

How to Communicate with Animals:  the Basic Course, Penelope Smith
For those who prefer to listen rather than read, this is a CD-set basic course in animal communication, recorded by the amazing Ms. Smith.