Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body
BETWEEN 60 AND 80 PERCENT of human communication is nonverbal, spoken in the physical languages of movement and touch. But while we are in effect talking all the time, we often lack a clear vocabulary and syntax of the body. And it is here that our relationship with horses (and humans) can become complicated, even to the point of breaking down. Communication between human and horse relies almost entirely on the nonverbal - if we don't know what we are saying or how we are saying it, we cannot possibly expect to form the kind of trusting and consistent partnership that is integral to recreational and competitive equestrian pursuits.
In this fascinating book, dancer and choreographer Paula Josa-Jones examines this age-old conundrum from a whole new angle, combining her two greatest passions: movement and horses. By helping us develop greater somatic awareness - consciousness of breath, integrated and coherent movement, and the understanding of movements and touch as potent channels of communication - she opens unexplored doors to the true partnership with horses we seek.