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This book, the first in a trilogy by Lynn Mann, is not a sentimental book about a girl and her pony. For me it is a study of our human emotions, how we relate to them and how we could relate to them better. Throughout the story the author weaves golden threads of self compassion, self acceptance and mindfulness. The end result is less a book and more a way of being that I carried with me long after I finished reading.
In short, it’s the book I wish I’d written. There are times in life when our perspective changes, everything seems clearer and simpler, we feel lighter and breathe easier. Those moments are so precious in the therapy room, the moment when something resonates and alters our experience of the world, when we fully experience our authentic self. I completely own my envy of the author’s ability to create that with the written word.
I didn’t find it a weighty or difficult book to read. The chapters are short and bounce along easily. The story has elements of fantasy which I would normally find off putting but the parallels to our own “reality” were so strong that I simply found it thought provoking. On a second and even third reading I found The Horses Know still had new insights to offer, still resonated and still prompted those “aha” moments I am so fond of.
The Horses Rejoice and The Horses Return are the second and third books in the series and they don’t disappoint. If you’re looking for a book “boxset” to binge on I highly recommend them.