Sunday, June 26, 2011

Spirit of the Horse

Spirit of the Horse -The New Myths of Equus

By Carole Devereux

Windhorse Press

Soft Cover, 2010, $24.00 U.S.

ISBN: 978-1-884422-24-9

Available at Amazon

Reviewed by Carol M. Upton:

Animals have the capacity and the power to expand their minds into extraordinary states of consciousness. My horses have often shown their otherworldly journeys into The Dreamtime to me. Buddy once told me that he can "feel" the hoof beats of his species running all over the Earth. ~ Carole Devereux

This graceful and timely book takes us on a transformational journey like no other, to the mystic world where the spirit of the horse resides. Carole Devereux introduces a rich language for concepts we may have felt while working with horses, but have been unable to articulate.

Animal-lovers know they can communicate, to one degree or another, with their animals, and there have been many books written on this subject. Devereux guides us beyond that familiar landscape, advancing our understanding of equine perspective and unlocking the endless possibilities present when we truly listen to what horses are saying.

Spirit of the Horse examines the early life of horses, from Eohippus through the Stone Age, and the ancient relationships horses had with human beings. Devereux reminds us that historically, we depended on communion with animals in order to live, much of that wisdom forgotten as we began to exploit resources and work within a paradigm known as “dominion over the earth”. Today, we are moving back to the lessons of nature, and animals, particularly horses, are here to help.

These lessons are evident in the hidden treasures of equus mythology as narrated by Devereux’s horses Buddy and Ellie. Through the myths, we begin to feel the emotional and spiritual impact of horses on our lives. Now, a series of guided visualizations gently assists us to explore our own stories of connection, truth, and healing.

One of the most revealing chapters covers the Yogic system of India, discussing how Yogic practices can help both horse and rider unite body and mind in their work together. We may already know that horses are experts at reading energy, but how do we use this knowledge in our riding? The answers are here.

Spirit of the Horse demonstrates that horses can tell us much more than we have dreamed and can lead us along paths of continuous spiritual growth. Reading it stirs us emotionally, significantly uplifts our souls, and leaves us hungry for more.

Carole Devereux is an internationally known Animal Communicator, spiritual life coach and teacher. She has more than fifteen years experience counseling thousands of people and their animals across North America and Europe. Visit Carole at and learn more about Spirit of the Horse at:

Friday, June 10, 2011

Beloved Horses from Amazon now for Kindle!


All of my Beloved Horses books are now available on, both as paperbacks and as e-books for Kindle. All are only $2.99.

See the latest book,
Beloved Horses in Second Careers, at

Description: Collection of true horse stories describing a variety of equines that served in two or more disciplines, featuring Jamaica - saved from a slaughterhouse to become an international combined driving champion owned by Chester Weber. All stories have photographs and are included in the Kindle version.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Fork in the Trail by Laurie Ann March

A special addition book review!

A Fork in the Trail:

Mouthwatering meals and Tempting treats for the backcountry

by Laurie Ann March

Touchwood Editions, 2008. $19.95

ISBN 13: 978-1-894898-66-9

Available through Amazon and Chapters/Indigo

Or signed copies from the author at

Reviewed by Carol M. Upton:

Turn ordinary outings into a gourmet adventure with ease. ~ Laurie Ann Marsh

Summer weather always makes horse lovers want to pack a lunch and hit the trail. If you’ve generally made do with snack bars and fruit, change it up with A Fork in the Trail and discover how much zing there can be to backcountry food. Your next trail ride, whether one day or a camp out, can include decadent feasting and it won’t require exotic ingredients or hours of prep time. Laurie Ann March, an experienced wilderness cooking instructor, offers simple and imaginative recipes here, some specifically designed for your kids.

There is an entire section devoted to common ingredients and menu plans, including breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks and desserts, for up to six days. You can choose from recipes to cook and eat in camp or in the saddle, so there is something for everyone. Bean Cakes and Nut Breads can start the day, and Lemon Wasabi Hummus, Rollups and Wraps work for lunch. When you’ve stopped for the night, forgo the usual campfire beans and enjoy African Chicken and Groundnut Stew or Chipotle Sweet Potatoes, all prepared at home and easily heated. Between meals or for your day trip, the kids will enjoy Monkey Gunk or Pizza Gorp while you crunch down on some Ginger Cashew Bark or Berry Yogurt Leather.

A Fork in the Trail contains mouthwatering photography, tips on recipe creation and the best ways to pack your food. Whether you run a guest ranch or just enjoy the scenery on horseback, you will find this unique book a godsend. Why not delight family and friends and start planning your gourmet trail ride right now?

Laurie Ann March is a passionate outdoor entrepreneur who makes her home in Brantford, Ontario. She has taught the online course “Wilderness Cooking: Level I” for a number of years to hundreds of satisfied students. For printable guides, sample recipes and Laurie’s blog of tidbits and food finds, visit

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Black Lightening by David & Linda Broughton

Black Lightening by David and Linda Broughton grabs the reader immediately with an opening scene where the protagonist, Josie, is the only witness to her mother's murder.

Josie is placed in a foster home, a horse ranch, where she uses her "gift" of speaking to horses to tame a wild black stallion. Her goal is to race him, and along the way she cares for several rescued horses and learns life lessons.

At the same time, her mother's murderer is out to steal a precious teddy bear from Josie and take her inheritance.

To purchase this e-book, see Smashwords at