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Updated on May 16, 2014

An Unexpected Surprise

Believe it or not, this adolescent series of books gave me a lot to think of about in my life with horses. The first volume I read was somewhere in the middle of the series; I happened to be seated next to the classroom bookcase and selected it at random for something to do while my student was taking a test (I'm an educational interpreter). I ended up taking the book home with me to finish and then went to to look for some more.

Although I have read plenty of elementary/middle school books (it goes with the territory), it's not usually done in my spare time. Aware that fiction is often rooted in fact, I was intrigued by both the concept of "Join Up" and the holistic approach for treating horses using Bach Flower Remedies. I wanted to know more than what was contained in that book. I ended up reading the entire series, and after a bit of research learned that Join Up was a genuine movement in horse training begun years ago by a man named Monty Roberts. Bach Flower Remedies also turned out to be a real collection of natural borne treatments that were developed in the 1900s.

While I certainly don't advocate tooling off on your own via horseback like the character Amy, I wholeheartedly recommend this series for any horsecrazy gal (even us older ones :o)

The Heartland Series: Volume One

Coming Home (Heartland #1)
Coming Home (Heartland #1)

Amy calls Heartland home, and ever since she can remember, she's watched her mom trust and hope in horses that were once fierce and afraid. And Amy's inherited her mother's gift, the ability to listen to horses and understand what they need. But when a tragic accident changes everything, Amy must cling to what her mother taught her-she must truly believe miracles can happen at Heartland.


Want to know what happened next? - Read on (boo-yeah!)

Look! It's a TV series too - (and you just know I'm watching every episode ;o)

Well? What did you think??

On a scale of 1-7, what did you REALLY think?

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A Christmas Special Edition - Yay because I was so sad to finish them all

Learning: It can happen in the strangest places...

Join up: Fact or fiction?

It's a fact, Jack (and how 'bout that?! :o)

From Monty's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Series:

What is Join-Up and why do you send the horses away from you when you begin to work with them?

Monty's Answer: Join-Up is the training of horses using their language to establish trust. As I do Join-Up, I am dealing in the language of equus. I have learned that horses use 'sending away' within the family group. I have concluded that they do not regard this as an act of violence, but a use of temporary isolation as a form of discipline. There is no hitting and there is no force. The horses do not resent me for this, and they soon come to me as a friend. The horseman who does not understand why I send horses away has not yet learned the language of the horse. It is a part of their natural communication process. If I regarded it as violent, I would stop it at once, but it is not.

Who is Monty Roberts?

Here's his bio...

Monty Roberts was born May 14, 1935 in Salina, California. While watching wild mustangs in Nevada as a teenager, he realized that the horses communicated with each other through body language. He began developing training methods that took advantage of these observations, culminating in his "Join~Up" method, which he bills as a joint partnership between trainer and horse.

He has written several books about his training theories, as well as his best-selling autobiography, The Man Who Listens to Horses. His life and methods have been featured in documentaries for the BBC and PBS, and he has received awards over the years from organizations such as the ASPCA, the British Horse Society and the Federation Equestre Internationale. He and his wife Pat run Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, California. They have one daughter, Debbie, and have served as foster parents to almost fifty children over the years.


Now you can fit an entire library of horse books in one itty bitty place... - Is that awesome or what?

I WANT one of these things! :o)


Got one for Christmas, and I am loving it!

Flower Remedies: Fact or Fiction??

Cool! It's a fact too :o)

Dr Edward Bach studied medicine in London, England at University College Hospital where he was a House Surgeon. He also worked in general practice and as a bacteriologist. Later, as a pathologist he worked on vaccines and a set of homoeopathic nosodes still known as the seven Bach nosodes.

Although he achieved success in his work with traditional medicine, he was dissatisfied with the way doctors were expected to concentrate on diseases and ignore the people who were suffering from them. He was inspired by his work with homoeopathy and sought to find remedies that were less reliant on the products of disease and more pure. In 1930 he gave up his regular practice and left London, determined to dedicate the rest of his life to a new system of medicine; one he was sure could be found in nature.

In addition to abandoning his traditional life with medicine in London, so now he abandoned the scientific methods he had used up. Instead he opted to depend on his natural gifts as a healer, and allow his intuition to guide him. One by one he found the remedies he sought, each aimed at a particular mental state or emotion. His life followed a seasonal pattern: the spring and summer was spent looking for and preparing the remedies, and the winter months spent dispensing help and advice to all who came looking for them. He found that when he treated the personalities and feelings of his patients their unhappiness and physical distress would be alleviated as the natural healing potential in their bodies was unblocked and allowed to function properly once more.

In 1934 Dr Bach relocated to Mount Vernon in Oxfordshire. In the surrounding land he found the remaining remedies that he needed to complete the series. Through great personal suffering and sacrifice, he was able to complete his life's work.

Source: Bach Centre

Check out the Bach book for horses and riders - Of course I ordered one!

Want some more? Try the Chestnut Hill Series... - Also written by Lauren Brooke

...are about a riding camp for girls that is located in Virginia. Each book is written from a different girls' perspective.

Before you mosey on your way, please take a moment to tell us "hay" - Heh Heh Heh...

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      luvmyludwig lm 7 years ago

      great job! excellent!