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Saturday, April 13, 2002
Subject: Thank you
I finished reading "She Flies Without Wings" yesterday in
tears. It is rare when a book touches my heart such as yours
and I offer you my heartfelt gratitude. My relationship with
horses has always been sacred, one of mutual love and respect
and without question honor. Since a child, their beauty and
grace has always been a part of my life. They have been my
friends, my companions, my soul mates. We have seen each other
soar, laugh, and cry, experience joy and pain, and I have
held them in my arms upon their death. You have allowed our
relationship to yet a deeper level with greater understanding
of not only my own feelings, but of theirs.
I haven't ridden in many years (mine are miniatures) it is,
in part, because of your book that I long to feel again the
horse underneath and have taken steps to feel that once again.
Each horse has their very special and sacred qualities, and
while I long to fly over jumps again, I'm just as content
watching my mares play and my stallion in his majestic 28"
body let me know that he is perfect in his own right.
with tremendous respect that I offer you my heartfelt thank
you. I do strongly believe that your book should be mandatory
reading for any equine education program, even to men I feel
it offers a deeper understanding of the women they choose.
we thank you.
Keeper, Dolly, Shadow, Maripoix, and Benna
Thursday, April 04, 2002
Subject: thank you
Thank you for writing your book, She Flies.... I can't
articulate what a profound effect it's had on me and how I
now view my relationship with horses. I never rode much--I
took lessons as an adult for about 10 years but never conquered
my fear of horses. Now I know why. It was all that power,
both psychic and physical, that I simply didn't have the confidence
to partner with.
years have served me well. I applied everything I knew about
training for dressage to rehabilitating a fear biting Scottish
Terrier into a competent and confident show dog (obedience
and agility) and proved a lot of "experts" wrong. So I really
appreciated your point about training methods, styles and
philosophies rooted in the male psyche. Sure, we've come a
long way, baby, but we aren't even half way there yet. Your
book is a milestone along the way!
San Antonio, Texas
Thursday, March 21, 2002
to submit this poem to you for possible publication on your
website. I rode as a young girl and did not have the best
of experiences. I was constantly thrown, bitten, kicked and
stepped on. I became terrified of riding, going back every
few years for another go, usually with a disastrous outcome.
Needless to say, I grew up and my awe and admiration for horses
creeped back from some dark cave into my life. After having
not ridden in over six years, last May I decided I wanted
to learn to jump and began taking lessons at a local stable.
On well trained horses and with patient guidance I have made
a comeback and 20 years since my first experiences as a girl
my fear has turned to respect. In December I bought a 10 year
old Thoroughbred named Sailor. The trainer at the stable where
I ride brought him in and the first day I rode him I knew
we were a match. Although he is a bit high strung, he is an
automatic jumper and needs no pushing, he sails over two foot
verticals and cross rails at well over three feet, and while
you may say he is too much horse for a new jumper those that
see us ride can not deny he takes care of me and I of him.
In January I rode him in our first show and took second place.
(To read the poem, click here)
have just read "She flies without Wings", and I can relate
to your story so well. I also have a mare, who, without realising
it, told me she was ill. This was a few years ago, when I
was not the kind of woman who followed her intuition then,
or even realised what it was. I nearly lost Melody because
I did not insist that the vet check her, I listened to the
person in charge who told me my horse was fine. She nearly
died, but pulled through, with an astronomical vet bill.
come to realise that we are not taught to listen to our intuition,
or "feel" what our horses are telling us. This has resulted
in a very sad state of affairs. Especially in countries such
as South Africa, where it seems basic human rights are only
barely met. Horses are seldom the beneficiaries of human compassion
that from authors and woman such as yourself, your message
does spread the world over, and that the horses of this planet
are the ones that benefit from such wisdom.
with your work, and thank-you for sharing a story as inspiring
as yours. Regards, Colleen and Melody, South Africa
say, also, that I asked for and received your book, She Flies
Without Wings, as well as giving it to this same girlfriend
that I previously mentioned and I have to tell you that it
is a wonderful book. You really express and bring out the
same emotions that I feel owning a horse. I just bought a
mare last May and I really appreciate her even more after
reading your book. I would never have thought of my mare's
moods and temperament as being such a gift if I had read your
book. She has a wonderful personality, is very sweet and loving.
Most people shy away from buying mares, but I literally fell
in love with her at first sight and haven't been disappointed
since. I look forward with great anticipation to your coming
visit in March and to any more books you might be thinking
about writing. Please add me to your e-mail list if you have
one. I would like to hear from you regarding any other clinics
you might be holding that would be possibly me near me. If
you are not planning to come to Idaho, please let me know
that too. Thank you very much. Shadow Schrock Boise Idaho
I enjoyed reading about the mouth massage techniques and I
wanted to send you mine. In addition to the gums, my horses
really appreciate having the corners of their mouths rubbed.
This is great especially for those in dressage training where
a horse is asked to maintain contact for long time periods.
I recently read your latest book and it often gave me chills
because I could relate to so much of it. I grew up in NYC,
riding at Claremont Academy where you rode through traffic
to reach Central Park. I was horse-deprived until I was 35
and living in California (this after a 12 year stint in Boulder).
Since my first horse I have added 2 more and can't imagine
life without a horse again. Thank you for your writings and
teaching this softer way of being with horses. They They are
truly the most generous souls and forgive so much human abuse,intended
or just misguided. Happy Holidays, Liana Moor
to you speak at Equitana in Melbourne, and finally heard someone
who actually knows how I feel on my horse! Thankyou for helping
people understand that women have special needs (and are willing
to spend money to fill those needs!), and helping us be better
riders. I have bought your books since then, and find the
exercises really helping me. My horse is more relaxed, also,
and I feel that it is because I am better balanced and fitter
as a rider. I would like to be on your e-mail list for updates
and info. Many thanks, Jenny Moncur, Victoria, Australia
is Kathleen Peck and I attended quite a few of your talks
at Equitana Asia Pacific in Melbourne. You probably don't
remember but one of the questions I asked was about Pilates.
on the far south coast of New South Wales on 40 acres near
a little town called Moruya. Luckily, our local physiotherapist
(also a friend) is a horse rider and is really into Pilates.
Boy, have I got some work for her when she gets back - also
So I just
wanted you to know that your words were not just disappearing
out into the ether, that some concrete action has resulted
from your talks. My instructor is a woman and, as I already
had your first book and have read it a number of times, I
will take it along to my lesson today for her to read.
also be pleased to know that on my first day back on my first
ride out along the beach I did my pre-ride stretches and exercises
and concentrated on my posture. I think it made a difference.
After 10 days of lush Spring pasture and no riding I was expecting
my gelding to be full of beans and a little scarey to ride
- he usually is. But we were incident free today and I was
more relaxed and enjoyed it more.
you for your advice. I now have your second book and am looking
forward to curling up this evening and devouring it. Thanks