#Blog Tour #Book Review – The Spell of the Horse by Pam Billinge

I was very lucky to be able to participate in the blog tour for The Spell of the Horse, a book written by Pam Billinge. This blog tour is organized by Blackbird Digital Books.

 

The Spell of the Horse by Pam Billinge

Stories of Healing and Personal Transformation with Nature’s Finest Teachers

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Blurb:

The ability of the horse to sense emotion, energy and spirit is way beyond what most of the human world realises. A must-read for those wishing to understand the spiritual connection between horses and humans.

When Pam’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she began to notice the way her horse responded to her emotional turmoil. Thus began an exploration into the spiritual relationship between horses and humans and their infinite capacity to help us heal. Building on her remarkable discoveries, Pam began her pioneering work as a horse-led coach and therapist. By sharing her own path to redemption through personal tragedy, and other stories of healing inspired by the incredible interactions she has observed between horse and human, Pam puts forward her uplifting insights about the true nature of the horse, setting out some simple principles to help the reader transcend life’s challenges.

Discover the lessons which horse behaviour have taught the author about

* managing anxiety
* surviving bereavement
* letting go of fear and finding courage to live with joy and purpose
* listening to inner wisdom without over thinking dilemmas, allowing the right things to happen in life without force

This memoir will appeal to fans of The Outrun by Amy Liptrot, The Wild Other by Clover Stroud and H is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald. Pam Billinge is a body psychotherapy professional and leadership coach at the top of her game in the UK field of horse-led therapy.


My Thoughts:

I’ve been a horse owner for part of my life and have always found the relationship between horse and human to be something very special. After reading this book, I understand even more how horses can sense our emotions because we are transparent and they react to them in many different ways. I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression in the past and I’ve discovered first hand how animals, including horses, can assist us in many ways. They are there for us in our time of need and can help us discover our true self. They have the power to help us heal.

“My body and soul were moving to a different rhythm. The self-pity had gone. My vitality was back. I was thankful for every breath I took in this incredible world. I was under the spell, the spell of the Horse. Healing had commenced.”

Pam Billinge has written a book about her own journey to heal and achieve happiness. She writes about her experiences with horses and horse therapy. While struggling herself, she works with people who are having problems in their lives and the horse, in turn, helps them discover what’s wrong. Horses respond to their emotions and after working with them, they begin to ask themselves what they need to change in their own life trajectories and why things are the way they are with their family, relationships, career, or life in general.

I found The Spell of the Horse emotional at times, especially when it seemed that the author’s life was in a downward spiral. The book contains some of the author’s experience with challenging relationships, tragedy, love, death, and mourning. Some of my favorite parts in the book involved the discovery.

“Our spirit, our essence, is about being. It is the life that pulses and ripples within us. It is what is left when the heart beats no more. It is something that is sensed, and something of the senses. It is something which resonates, which vibrates. It is a silent music, and the emotions and feelings that animate us during life are the notes, the chords, and the crescendos of that symphony.”

The Spell of the Horse can be cherished by those who work with horses or enjoy horses in general, but it can also help anyone discover that healing is real. Readers will discover how others have changed their direction in life and have become happier people because of it. They’ve taken control, and all because of the spell of the horse.

My rating is:

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Find this book on Amazon and Goodreads

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Blackbird Digital Books (September 18, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0995473552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0995473553

About the Author:

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The first horses which Pam became fascinated by were ridden by the mounted policemen she would see passing her childhood home in Liverpool on the way to supervise football matches. Little did she know, then, how these magnificent creatures would influence her adult life, not only supporting her through a number of personal tragedies, but also leading to her pioneering work in horse-led psychotherapy and coaching.

In her first book, The Spell of the Horse, Pam shares her memoir and other stories inspired by the incredible interactions she has observed between horse and human. Thus she reveals the true nature of the horse whilst delivering some simple principles to help the reader transcend life’s challenges to live with purpose, self-belief and joy.

Find Pam Billinge on:

Facebook | Website | Goodreads | Twitter

 


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10 thoughts on “#Blog Tour #Book Review – The Spell of the Horse by Pam Billinge

  1. starjustin

    Inspiring post! This book sounds good. I think when an author has personal challenges in life, as we all do, it’s great when they share their journey through writing. 📙

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  2. David R. Dowdy

    “The ability of the horse to sense emotion, energy and spirit is way beyond what most of the human world realises.”

    This sounds very similar to what Carol Buckley said about how elephants react to impending danger: they get edgy and stir; they make faces; they turn away; and, they vocalize.

    Paying attention to what nature and her beings (including us!) tell us is important in this increasingly small world.

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    1. Thanks for bringing that up, David! So true. Horses can see right through our emotions. 💜 When having a bad day, our horses can see me coming from a mile away, I swear. 🙂 I’ve never interacted with an elephant, but I’d be willing to bet it’s similar…

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  3. I’m seeing so much about this book and really need to go out and buy it! I absolutely adore horse and how special their relationship with us can be.
    And you own horse?! I knew we were meant to be friends. That is my biggest dream to own horse again!

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    1. Claire, I do hope you enjoy it if you read it. I truly did. Yes, horses are wonderful! I used to have one that I thought was so bad and now I know it was probably more of my own attitude that was the real issue.

      I hope you have a horse again soon! 💖

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  4. This is really interesting! I never managed to try and have that connection with horses ( I have mostly been afraid of them for some reason) but my sister and my niece- they have been around horses their whole life and seeing how they are with horses, it’s admirable! So, I can totally understand how this book is inspiring!

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    1. Many people are like that, and I was like that in the beginning. They are so huge! For the most part, they’re gentle though. We had one that tested me constantly, but I think it may have been a combination of her not being worked much and my attitude. They are so much fun though and this book is great! 💖 I think it’s a good book that anyone can enjoy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Liz!

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