Tuesday, May 31, 2016

F.I.T.S. (Fitness in the Saddle) by Jennifer Malott Kotylo

Movement and Body Awareness Specialist for Equestrians Jennifer Malott Kotylo will be sharing her expert advice throughout the coming months! Welcome Jennifer!

F.I.T.S.
(Fitness in the Saddle)

Release Your Hamstrings

I am a stickler about proper pelvic position Without your pelvis in the proper position (both top to bottom and side to side) you lose your ability to balance around your horse and to follow his motion.

Most of us (riders and non-riders alike) walk around with misaligned pelvises and don't realize it. But when you look in the mirror are your shoulders uneven? Have you been told that you have one leg longer than the other? Do you have back and/or neck stiffness? Can you tum your head more easily in one direction than the other? If you answered, "yes" to any of these questions, the culprit may be your pelvis.

So, how do you know if your pelvis may not be in the best alignment? I'm going to give you a simple test that only takes you and a full-length mirror. Stand facing away from the mirror approx. 5-6 feet with your feet hip distance apart. (Please make sure that your feet are facing straight forward, which means that your first toe - not your big toe – is pointing towards the wall in front of you and that you are balanced equally between the ball of your foot and your heel.} Slowly bend forward from your waist and look between your legs. You should now be looking at your backside in the mirror. Look at the top of your hips. They should be parallel to the floor, not sloping to one side or the other. Congratulations if they are parallel. If they are sloping, slowly shift your weight from one foot to the other until your hips are even. Do you feel a pull or a cramp? This is just your body telling you that it is out of balance muscularly. Slowly stand up.

Many different muscle groups can impact your pelvis' alignment. Here we are going to focus on just one - the dreaded hamstrings. One of the most effective ways I have found to get my hamstrings to let go is by working with a Yamana Body Rolling Ball or Franklin Ball. (You don't have to have an authentic Yamana or Franklin ball. Any ball approximately 10 inches in diameter, which is strong enough to sit on and hard enough to exert some pressure on your muscles will work.)

Before you start working your hamstrings, sit or lay on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you. Take a moment to feel the sensation of your legs on the floor and to see if one leg appears longer than the other.

#1
Start by placing one seat bone or the other on the ball (#1). Use your feet and hands to stabilize yourself. (You'll feel a bit like a crab.) Begin to "massage" your seat bone with the ball by gently rolling back and forth in both linear and circular patterns for 2 to 3 minutes. (Depending on how tight you are this may be a bit uncomfortable. If it’s too uncomfortable, try taking some of your weight off of the ball by supporting yourself more with your hands and feet.) 

#2
Once you have worked the muscular connections around your seat bone, slowly start to work the ball down the back of your leg using circular and linear patterns (#2). Work the ball down to just above your knee and then back up to your seat bone.

Slowly slide off the ball and test your leg length and leg feel again. If you are like most people, your "worked" leg will seem longer and more in touch with the ground. Your hamstrings and their connections to your seat bone and knee have been released. Proceed with your other leg, starting at your seat bone and working your way down to your knee to even yourself out. Check out your leg length and feel of the floor.

Next take the mirror test again. Hopefully you hips will be much more in alignment. (Please note that if your hips were very unlevel and/or your “leg length” was significantly different, do three sets of rolling - first with the "shorter" leg, then the longer and then the shorter again. (Know that it it's extremely rare that legs are actually of different length. What appear as differing lengths is usually a pelvis torque.)

This simple release will help you sit more evenly on your seat bones and allow your legs to hang in a more natural way around your horse helping you to attain better balance and communication with your equine partner.

I want to hear from you! Your health and fitness is just as important as the health and fitness of your horse so e-mail me with any questions or challenges you are facing!

Jennifer developed a passion for body awareness and biomechanics while pursuing her lifelong quest of international level dressage riding. She is a certified Core Dynamics Pilates Instructor, certified Equilates teacher and certified Balimo practitioner. Jennifer is also the creator of the DVD program “Improve Your Riding Through Movement.” No matter what style of riding you are into – no matter what your experience level is and no matter what your age may be, these DVDs will help you create a body that is more flexible, safer in the saddle and one that can enjoy riding for years and years to come. Jennifer is also a national speaker on both health and wellness topics. To contact Jennifer, visit her website at: http://jenniferkotylo.com.


© Jennifer Malott Kotylo May 2016



Note from Gina: Before beginning any new exercise program, consult with your health care professional. Do not exercise or extend beyond your physical condition; work slowly until you reach the level where you feel comfortable exercising and performing new movements. Through Jennifer's program you can become more agile in the saddle and enjoy flexibility all day long. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Miner Town The Rush by Nathaniel West

A steamy and well-paced western romance.

Available in eBook and Paperback!

A Steamy Western Romance 
by Nathaniel Wake  

In the boom town of Elk Valley, secrets are more prolific than the promise of gold.

For a mysterious woman and her husband, a fortunate miner, a soiled dove, a damsel in distress, and a newcomer, the Valley serves as both paradise and prison.

What lies beneath the surface is more than it appears—and when sultry desires meet personal ambitions, sparks fly in more ways than one.
In this new steamy Western from Nathaniel Wake, prepare to be enthralled by a cast of characters that are as erotic as they are erratic.




About the Author
Hi. I'm Nathaniel Wake, prolific writer, author, nature enthusiast, and lover of life. On this site, I share my many works, novels, natural alternatives and reflections on my many passions. This page offers you a crash course on what to expect when passion and a penchant for nature combine to influence writing and life.

My entire life I have been fascinated by the world around me. When I breathe in a crisp mountain breeze, I am transported to a different time and place. For me, the Old West, with its endless sparkling skyways and picturesque prairies, invoke a thrill of adventure and wonder that has carried me off into countless daydreams. This same fascination has also led me to the art of natural living; thus encouraging not only my imagination, but also my health and wellbeing.

The natural world is inspiring and electric, and it is my firm belief that love and passion comes from this same source. Combining these two vibrant and dynamic worlds into one cohesive, fluid genre has become my life's work, and through my writing I hope to share that same passion with you.

If you have an eagerness for healthy living and natural remedies; or if these images of nature's beauty stirs a romantic nostalgia, then this is the place for you.

Connect with Nathaniel Wake and view all of his books here!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Body Mechanic's Handbook by Geoff Dakin


Alignment at HOME! Where has this been my whole life!

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May 31 – June 2, 2016 only!


Why You Have Low Back Pain and How to Eliminate it at Home
by Geoff Dakin 

Are you suffering from chronic back pain? Struggling to find something--anything--that actually provides some relief?

What if finding a lasting solution to your pain is easier than you’ve ever imagined?

Forget the Band-Aids of drugs and surgeries, and go for the cure. For nearly 30 years Geoff Dakin, former president of the Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia, has helped thousands of people, including the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League, to address and resolve their pain problems. Now, in a new guide, he empowers you to help yourself.

Based on the latest science and Dakin’s own experience, The Body Mechanic's Handbook: Why You Have Low Back Pain and How to Eliminate It At Home argues that the fundamental cause of most low back pain is musculoskeletal imbalance. The Body Mechanic’s Handbook provides you with the practical tools you need to become your own body mechanic and fix yourself.

Inside the Book: 
  • What you think is causing your pain--and why it isn’t 
  • The true, likely causes of back pain, and what you can do about it 
  • How to improve positioning, mobility, balance, breathing, and more 
  • Comprehensive exercises, with suggested modifications based on your needs 
  • Troubleshooting guide 

And much more!

You CAN find the comfort and freedom of movement you crave. Grab The Body Mechanic’s Handbook today, and find out how to banish your pain--forever!

Reviews
"When part of your body breaks down it may seem to come out of the blue, almost spontaneously. If you decide to dig in and work on understanding what caused the breakdown, you’re going to need some expert help. I've seen many of my patients benefit from the system Geoff outlines in the Body Mechanic's Handbook. As you put the pieces of your health puzzle together, you’re going to need a great team; I’m glad to have Geoff Dakin on mine! This book can put him on yours!"

Dr. Jeffrey Scholten BSc, DC, DCCJP The Vital Posture (TM) Clinic, Calgary AB Canada. President - International Chiropractors Association's Council on Upper Cervical Care


“I was in a bad car vs bicycle accident and immobile for 3 months. Half of my body was working overtime to compensate for my other-sided weakness. Even though I broke my left hip, for a while my right knee hurt worse from overuse and improper use. While on vacation in Canada I saw Geoff once in his office. I felt great following the stretches and manipulations. He has magic hands, but it truly was his Alignment First Protocol that I took with me that brought me lasting relief. It is an incredible system that I would recommend to anyone.”
Dr. Brian Newell. Houston TX

“I injured myself during dance training and the pain was overwhelming. I saw a lot of different doctors and therapists but after seven months I was still getting around in a wheelchair because of the pain. Nobody I saw knew how to help me or where to begin. After the first session with Geoff I never took the wheelchair to his office again. In just 3 months I was pain-free. The Alignment First exercises worked for me."
Rachel Krisa. Student. Calgary AB 

About the Author
Geoff Dakin graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1987 with an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and obtained a diploma from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (Vancouver) in 1989. 

Early in his career Geoff recognized that the vast majority of people who suffer with muscle and joint pain also have imbalances in their muscles, postures and movements. The assessment and elimination of these issues has become his passion. 

A vocal advocate of a collaborative model of care, Geoff has been working closely with other healthcare specialists to maximize patient success since 1989. He lives in Calgary AB Canada, maintaining a private practice and teaching massage therapists his Alignment First Protocol. 


Geoff has been working in the acute injury/chronic pain treatment and athletic training field since 1989. Early in his career Geoff recognized that the vast majority of people who suffer with muscle and joint pain also have skeletal malalignment, muscle imbalances and dysfunctional movement habits. The assessment and elimination of these issues is his passion.

Geoff, originally from Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada, graduated from UBC in 1987 with a bachelor of Physical Education degree.  Then in 1989 he graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy.

In the 1990s he was a member of the College of Massage Therapists of BC (CMT) and the Massage Therapists Association of BC (MTA) including stints as VP and President of the MTA.

Geoff has worked with and received thousands of patient referrals from highly respected medical practitioners in Canada, the US and Mexico. Geoff also spent a year with the Vancouver Canucks Hockey Club (1991-92), being one of the first massage therapists in the NHL to travel with his team.

Over the years Geoff has developed a unique system of assessment and treatment, blending a proprietary corrective exercise system he calls The Alignment First Protocol with manual therapy techniques. Committed to delivering this work to as wide an audience as possible, Geoff has written a book called The Body Mechanic's Handbook and developed a massage therapy seminar called Practical Rehab for the Low Back.

Geoff lives with his wife and son in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, teaching patients and other practitioners how to put their pain problems in their past.

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May 31 – June 2, 2016 only!


Friday, May 27, 2016

Court on Mount High by Randall Amos Chapman


The Animal Kingdom has been given a voice:
what do the animals have to say about human rights,
animal rights, and the environment?

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May 27 - 29, 2016 here!

Court On Mount High is an invigorating novelette that will inflame and mobilize a passion for the animal kingdom and the environment which we mutually inhabit, The characters, acting upon a driving need for change, evoke a universal hope for the future.

About the Author
Randall Amos Chapman, a native of New Hampshire, had a life-changing experience when he was invited to the White House to attend President Carter's Small Business Energy Conference. Inspired by President Carter's commitment to human rights, Amos became a progressive, a humanitarian, a conservationist, an environmentalist, and an animal rights advocate. An energetic individual who opened his first restaurant at the age of eighteen, Amos' entrepreneurial spirit also led him to become a business broker and consultant, a Realtor, and an auctioneer. He is a graduate of Nathaniel Hawthorne College, a Palmetto Leader, a member of Rotary International, and a member of the National Writers Union and has served on the board of directors of several non-profit organizations.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

CREATIVEBLOCH eBook!


Download CREATIVEBLOCH eBOOK here!


We take you on an artistic journey in this 50-page PDF jam packed with paintings, photography, sketches and descriptions. A great resource for students, artists, designers, photographers and fans! Learn more about our studio and the artwork created.  A great way to enjoy the art at a fantastic price.

To learn more visit: https://vimeo.com/167880078


Reviews
"Joe has created an interesting perspective of his work, showing fans a behind the scenes look at what inspires his art, and the steps to complete the work. His artwork is a mashup of street art, graphic design, impressionism and expressionism.  It's like heavy metal on a canvas" 

"This ebook shows the true Brooklyn Industry and history of NYC in its raw form.  Joe has embellished the architecture of the area with his own creative spin.  I found the eBook a great reference for my own work."

"I stopped by Joe's Open Studio in DUMBO on a Thursday and was impressed with his work. I suggested he create an ebook for his fans, and he did it! He is destined to become one of the greatest artists portraying urban history in such an expressive graphic manner."
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Poetry Never Dies Limited Edition T-Shirt!


Limited Edition!

Poetry Never Dies


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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mark Hanna, The Horse Listener


The Horse Listener - author Mark Hanna is on the verge of releasing his new book Easily and Effortlessly: The Horse Listener Resurrected. Mark writes, “I seek to influence the youth and as many horsemen and future horsemen who will listen to my message.”

Mark shares his passion for the Arabian horse as he provides insight to horsemanship, being an equestrian, caring for horses, and life in general…

Welcome Mark!

GM: What is the premise for your new book Easily and Effortlessly: The Horse Listener Resurrected?  

MH: I first want to explain the concept of a "horse listener".  We have been told of the importance of becoming a "horse whisperer".  Mankind has been blessed with its partnership with the horse, whether it has been voluntary or involuntary.  This equine partnership has helped civilize mankind in the world.  On his back and through his utility we have extended our reach and industry.  A horse is a living and thinking creature that has recently been proved to have extensive emotions and can read the emotions of the creatures around them.  The horse "whispers" in our ears and it is our responsibility to "listen".  Man, as a predator, has especially dominated the horse's life and history by using many methods of control.  The horse is a "prey" animal and thus has instincts of survival to protect himself from the "predator".  The predator has instincts that has allowed him to survive.  There is a clash of these two instincts that tend to raise its ugly head when these two instincts interact. 

There seems to be two schools of thought in dealing with the horse.  One is based on dominance to break the spirit of the horse and force him to comply with our demands.  The other is to understand the nature of the horse and work with him to elicit a spirit of cooperation.  Without getting into the nuance of the utilization of dominance of the one school of thought, I have come to understand that there is a benefit of both man and horse when we embark in the latter school of thought. 

My book is a culmination of years of experience with the two schools of thought and the conflicts that the mingling of the two in my life had affected me.

GM: When did you first begin riding? Were you a self-taught rider?

MH: My first experience with a horse was in Inglewood, California when I was ten years old.  I lived three blocks from Hollywood Park Racetrack.  My sister took me to the morning work outs.  My previous reading of the Black Stallion series and the appearance of the thundering hooves on the track suddenly appearing out of the mist of the coastal fogs along with the smells and ambiance of the stable surroundings had a very strong influence on my future.  I was a city boy, but the move to Northern California of our family would launch me into a quest to fulfill my dreams of being with a horse.

I was a city boy with a love of horses that was deep inside of me.  I had come to understand I had a promising aptitude for riding.  During an episode of riding a rental horse, my wrangler challenged me to the old cup of hot coffee test while trotting.  I passed that test with not a drop spilled.  My sister came through again connecting me with local horse owners who needed chores done in exchange with use of their horses. I would ride my bike thirty miles down a steep winding road down to the canyons below to these horses for the weekend where my mother would come and take me home while I would enthusiastically share my experiences with her.  I would fall off of that feisty mare many times and get right back up, I told her.  My mother met a young woman, Mrs. Young, who had been raised in the East with riding school education based on the English model.  She arranged for me to work for her five days a week.  I was in high school with an ADD personality.  Among my many exploits, horses dominated.  

My experience there taught me the husbandry of the horse.  I would ride her big buckskin as often as possible, but still did not have anything but an aptitude for riding with no lessons.  I joined my local 4-H club and was the only boy in my club.  I ate up everything they taught.  During my sophomore year, I saw a travelogue film of Catalina Island with a mention of the Wrigley El Rancho Escondido Arabian horse ranch in its interior.  Mrs. Young had a chestnut Arabian gelding I fell in love with.  Wayne Newton also had a promotional film about Arabian horses that sparked my interest, I knew that was the breed of horse I would pursue.  

My best friend lived on Catalina Island during the summers.  His father was an employee of the Catalina Island Company.  I told my mother I was going to visit him, and somehow traveled 500 miles and across the channel to the Island showing up on my friend's front porch.  I asked his father to take me out to the ranch in the interior which had to be accomplished with a card key.  During our visit to the Arabian horse ranch, I opened my mouth and asked about summer employment.  That opened me up to the next four summers of employment on the horse ranch bearing the Arabian horse of my dreams.  I started at the bottom and was introduced to the many aspects of ranch life including cattle roundups and roping.

The experience on Catalina Island launched me into a quest to be involved with the Arabian Horse.  1969 was the start of the rapid popularity of the Arabian horse.  I sought to maximize my exposure by joining a major horse transportation company that specialized in the hauling of Arabian horses; many horses seen and many horse ranches visited in a short period of time.  This experience along with working for many Arabian horse ranches throughout the country gave me a good foundation.  My dreams came true when I was able to start my own Arabian breeding farm in Oregon.  A big connection from my time on the road led me to Germany and my leasing and eventual purchase of an Arabian stallion named Shahwan.  During my time in Germany, the influence of the Spanish-Egyptian cross led me to breed the ingredients of this cross.  In order to compete and market my horses, I learned and developed halter training.  I raised my horses with love, but still did not understand the concept of developing a willing partner based on cooperation.  My horses in the past were ruled by dominance and along with the love I had for the Arabian horse, I used dominance to get my way with them.  I loved my horses and started to learn body language by living among my horses for so long.  I would experience short periods of cooperation different than my use of dominance.  The horses were willing to work with me.  Natural Horsemanship was not the rage, but there were old masters out there I had not had contact with.  The halter showmanship of the Arabian horse had developed a use of intimidation and the exploitation of the "fight and flight" instinct of the horse to bring out the supposed natural beauty of the Arabian horse.  I was determined to compete with the big halter trainers and emulated their tactics with my training.  

I raised from a foal, a magnificent Arabian stallion *Zalamero.  During my training, I was caught off guard by his instinct of self-preservation where he brutally attacked me by biting me on my shoulder, lifting me up and throwing me down.  My natural reaction while I still had his lead was to beat him up with my whip.  Suddenly I had a big epiphany.  I loved this colt and was administering this terrible technique on him.  His only way to protect himself was to attack me.  I stopped myself, with tears flowing, I hugged him as we both cried in each other’s arms.  He loved me as I loved him. Never again would I use those tactics.  

After a long period of reconciliation, my beloved stallion and I would go on without abuse to win without intimidation.  My whole understanding had changed.  I had embarked on a new road to understanding.  My importation of my Shahwan to the USA and my exportation of *Zalamero to Germany changed my course of horsemanship drastically.  No more halter, I had left that aspect of industry in place of the performance horse.  Sport Horse was now my focus.  My *Shahwan GASB when imported had been included in the Trakehner horse registry as the first Arabian stallion in the USA to be an approved improvement sire.  Shahwan in Germany was known as Germany's finest bred stallion in 100 years.  He had become German National Champion; almost World Champion Arabian stallion and the highest scoring Arabian stallion to take the performance test in Germany.  I came to know Shahwan as my soulmate.  My new contacts with horsemen of similar philosophy, soon to be known as Natural Horsemanship, and my willing temperament in Shahwan guided me to learn of another way.  My mind was opening up to the deep understanding of the horse based on their nature.  I was starting to get there.  

Shahwan and Mark
Unfortunate events would eventually lead me to the loss of most of the important and special things of my life.  I lost my special stallion Shahwan, my ranch, dispersal of my horses, my marriage and my son.  Forced to live in and drive my truck for four years, I sunk into a deep depression.  Jesus Christ ultimately had a great influence in making me into a different person.  I put Christ first in my life now.  Horses were hopefully in my future again.  I accepted whatever he had in his will.  With my whole spirit changed, and many dark aspects of my life gone, I had started to gain a spiritual understanding of the horse.  

A Shahwan daughter, wild right from the start, challenged me to apply this new found knowledge.  I was likely led by the spirit of my soulmate Shahwan that summer as I brought this beautiful three-year-old filly along.  Along the way, I found I had an ability to see pictures of the thoughts that the horses were sending to me.  I learned to send them my thoughts back in pictures.  This would revolutionize my understanding and ability to communicate with my equine partners.  

Now as to being a "horse listener".  I have lived with horses for forty years before this time and my ability to read body language was well developed.  I now was able to read the mind of the horse in pictures.  I have many experiences that have changed the attitude of the horses I work with by utilizing this gift I had been given by God after my redemption.

My book was inspired by the spirits of my two most influential personages in my life.  Shahwan and my dear friend Maria.  They pushed me to write this book with their continual inspiration.  I believe in God who created all that we see.  We were with each other before we came to earth in spirit, horse and human and creature.  Our desire to come down together to experience the world together, horse and human was strong in this book.  But, the ability to do so is not that easy.  I have melted together myself as the person I had become in my life along with a person who I wanted to be and the lessons I could teach myself along the way.  My new self would have a hand in redeeming the old self.  The old self would teach how to respect and partner with the horse and avoid the pitfalls along the way by use of the wrong way.  Other characters would tell the story of the old self explaining why he had exiled himself into the truck and his history involving his love of the Arabian horse and his soulmate Shahwan.  Together, they would bring together both worlds by understanding.  Opposition results in meaningful lessons learned.  As long as they had the light of Christ and would heed that feeling, they would prosper.  Continuing to learn and apply this new found knowledge, both parties departed into an adventure of equine partnership.  Civilizing a wild three-year-old Shahwan filly together, they followed destiny into the desert of the middle east.  Out of Egypt, they would find the ingredients of their future breeding program.  An exciting cliff hanger would leave the reader to desire to share in their future adventures.

I am a self-taught rider along with sporadic dressage lessons.  I have developed an understanding in balance and softness in my lessons leading up to mounting my equine partner.  I have been hired to judge many schooling shows where I use this knowledge to help my fellow horsemen.  This partnership starts at conception of your first horse and the learning you impart to her.  Then on to the next generation at conception.  My breeding stock is chosen by temperament along with character and ability to learn.  Athletic ability is paramount.  This is a starting point.  My foals have instinctive learning that the mares pass on to them at birth like their instinct to survive when they are born passed on in their nerve endings at birth.  I have been greatly influenced by the Parelli principles of learning by a lateral approach.  Building a foundation on the ground before you attempt to mount.  My horses are motivated to learn by a curious attitude and by having fun.  Never a bored horse.  Build on what they learn but never push too hard or force or become angry.  Trust and respect built from the start with never ending learning.  My mentors from afar are the phenomenal founders of "Cavalia", Frederic' Pignon and Magali Delgado.  I strive to follow their "Golden Principles of training".  My learning never stops as I continue to learn from my horses.

I have been blessed to have been able to freeze semen from my soulmate stallion *Shahwan GASB.  This semen is reserved in the future for a replacement to be produced for his sire Shahwan.  I now own an Arabian mare HMA Cazsmira by Versace who came into my life unexpectedly after six years being horseless.  Her grandams breeder blessed me with a breeding of Cazsmira to their wonderful stallion Sharif El Shaklan resulting in her beautiful daughter HMA Cazshablanca.  I am in the process of breeding these two to Shahwan who is a German Marbach stallion.  Cazsha's sire has three tail female lines to Marbach.  I am hoping for a filly from Caz and a colt from Cazsha.   It has been my dream to replace Shahwan with his son to continue his legacy.  

GM: How has your position as former Equine Director of the Arivaca Boys Ranch, Arizona, impacted your riding skills, listening skills, and horsemanship?  

MH: Arivaca Boys Ranch was an experience that helped me understand how the horse and the skills from natural horsemanship help the boys with their confidence.  The boys would be given a wild horse and along with their training of natural horsemanship, they would learn that cooperation, not force, would yield results.  They would then ride their new partners on a final ride in the White mountains of Arizona.  An abused horse is not unlike a boy with problems.  You need to use similar skills to bring out the trust in both of them. We are continually using our predator tendencies to gain control.  Learning both natures of prey and predator, the boy will learn that the horse will cooperate willingly.  An aha moment was a very distinct thing and changed these boys forever. The boys will take these lessons home with them when they graduate.  Parelli teaching aids were donated to the ranch and I devoured them.  I applied them liberally with the boys and taught my own horse Caz using the levels.  She excelled as I did also.  I continue to use Parelli level training along with my philosophy.  I believe that my skills help people come together with their horses.  A person becomes stuck with inflexible learning.   The nature of the horse must be understood.  How a horse reacts to their surroundings and circumstances affects how well they learn.  The learning process of horse and rider is endless.   I fill in the spaces when a rider or horseman is stuck so they can progress.

GM: Describe the perfect horse and the perfect place to ride...

MH: My perfect horse is of course the Arabian Horse.  But considering his contribution to most of the light breeds of horses in the world, He is the oldest breed of horse in the world.  I am spiritually connected to this proverbial horse.  Breeding horses is continual because of genetic degradation.  Man has influenced the Arabian horse by choosing him for his ability to partner with him.  They chose him by genetic strength demonstrated by his harsh environment he lived in.  For thousands of years, he helped the Bedouin survive.  He was revered for his resilience and loyalty.  I obviously consider my soulmate Shahwan as the perfect Arabian horse among the thousands of his other progenitors.  But because he is in concert with so many other fine stallions I could not own at one time.  I will always pursue the finest horse as my quest as long as I live.  I am blessed by the horse that God has given me the privilege to be with.  When Shahwan died, I thanked God for his time with me and gave him back to God where he came from.  That gave me peace back into my life as I still grieve, but I have hope for the future in his future Shahwan son.

My perfect place to ride is in Bidwell Park, in Chico, California.  Difficult trails, easy trails with swimming holes to cool off in.  When I was a youth, I lived and boarded my horses adjacent to this fine place.

GM: What does the future hold for you in regards to horses and educating riders on proper horsemanship?

MH: I am dedicating the rest of my life to educating the youth and beginning rider that there is a sensitive creature that they are dealing with under their saddle.  Their steed only wants to survive.  Understanding the nature of this powerful individual and dealing with their own nature will help them with their own lives also.  The horse and rider will continue to progress with no plateaus with this understanding.  I want to help people who have reached a roadblock with their horses. Every discipline of horsemanship is affected by these roadblocks.  From beginner to advanced rider, this knowledge will help them.

I want to become a partner with my horse who has given to us so much in their history.  I want to make them happy that they are with us.  We have taken them out of their wild environment and it is our treatise with them to provide for them a safe environment relieved of stress.  The horses bring happiness into my life and I cannot imagine myself without them.  Like a coach, I want to help the horse excel in all areas he has aptitude in. Horsemanship is the journey we are undertake by learning all aspects of horsemanship from masters before us and striving to become a master to pass on these things to our future horseman.

I feel like my new book will be very pivotal in people’s lives and in their growth with horses.  As well as the lessons learned, it is an adventure.  

Connect with Mark Hanna "The Horse Listener" http://www.hannamar.com/

"My treasures neither clink nor glitter,
but gleam in the sun & neigh in the night."
--Arabian proverb





Gina McKnight is an author and freelance writer from USA.  gmcknight.com

Monday, May 16, 2016

Unique Tourist Guide of Croatia by Sanja Ignjatić


Unique Tourist Guide of Croatia by Sanja Ignjatić
"A beautifully illustrated book of Croatia!"
Available in eBook here!

by Sanja Ignjatić

Croatia is a beautiful country located in Europe. Its beauty and attractions are shown in this unique guidebook narrated by several amazing dogs. They've been saved from the street and now they have joined their knowledge and decided to introduce you to their cities. They will guide you through twenty-one stories about 21 places in Croatia. Each story is accompanied by wonderful photographs showing the most attractive parts in certain cities and regions. Also every city has its own illustrated map on which the sights mentioned in the text are marked.

The expression of these brilliant dogs is unique, so the text is written in verse and in rhymes. Apart from the Croatian wonders, they will introduce you to their lives, their dreams and their hopes. By buying this book/guide you will send help to every organization for protecting animals that is named at the end. These organizations make our world a better and happier place, so let's help them out. Enjoy!

Biography
My name is Sanja Ignjatić and I'm coming from one beautiful country Croatia located in Europe. I am a Geologist with a Master's degree.  Also nature and animal lover and I enjoy coming up with innovative ideas. I love to spend the time in nature, travel, hiking and similar.

After several years of working in my profession I decided to start realize my ideas and thoughts. I have started to design products and various publications that put focus on topics like culture and historical heritage, importance of nature and ecology, animal care, and through which we can also learn something. I would like to contribute in an increased interest in topics and contents for which I think that are very important for all of us.

This book/guide is my first book and apart from Croatian sights I wanted to pay attention to stray dogs around the world. We all can help and I always think how a little is enough to help to whole world. Because if we all join together, then little by little and we will achieve a miracle.
That is something in what I believe and I hope that through my work my dreams will come true J!

My Review
Unique Tourist Guide of Croatia is a beautifully written and illustrated guide of Croatia! Experience Croatia through the eyes of 22 gorgeous canines. With lovely illustrations, photographs, and maps, journey with a different dog to a designated Croatian city. Perfect poetry is engaging and entertaining, as you find yourself captivated by the majestic beauty of Croatia! Be inspired by the tourist guides (dogs) as you travel through medieval cities, fortresses, and much more!

Sanja Ignjatić brings a creative tourist/reference guide of Croatia that will become a family favorite. Whether you are traveling to Croatia, or just want to know more about it's culture and heritage, this book is for you!

I look forward to Ignjatić 's next book! Where will the dogs take us next? Recommended reading for everyone.
Gina 

Unique Tourist Guide of Croatia by Sanja Ignjatić
"A beautifully illustrated book of Croatia!" 
Available in eBook here!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Firework Kisses and Summertime Wishes by Linda West

“Another winner on Kissing Bridge!”
“Please write us anytime at MorningMayan@gmail.com our publishing company where we write books that are good for the soul! I'm happy to send you any of my books for a first time reader for free just write and let me know which one you prefer!”

A Fabulous Feel Good Holiday Romance
(Fourth of July on Kissing Bridge Mountain) 
by Linda West  

When beautiful tomboy Elle is broken up with by her longtime boyfriend she thinks her chance for happiness is over. Growing up in the wonderful clean and wholesome mountain town all she had ever dreamed of was having a family of her own. Having lost her parents at a young age, Elle knew true happiness was to be found in the love and connection of family. Now all she had left to find solace in is her horses and helping her Grandpa run the lodge.

When a stranger comes to town and starts hanging around the stables Elle is a bit concerned. Slowly she warms up to the odd young man and encourages him to start working with the horses. As they get to know each other they realize they are very much alike on the inside, even if they have taken extremely different paths in their lives.

When things take a surprisingly different turn, Elle is forced to choose between what she thinks she wants and what her heart says. Everyone wants a hero, but not everyone can recognize a true one when they meet them.

This is a truly loving and moving story about a military war hero that heals and finds love in a very special place called Kissing Bridge Mountain.


Biography
Linda West is a number one bestselling author on Amazon, and the author of the bestselling romance "Christmas Kisses and Cookies." She is also the owner of Morningmayan publishing where they publish books good for the soul.

Hi I'm Linda! Thanks for coming by to check out my books! I'm a mom to a wonderful young son who is the light of my life and keeps reminding me how lucky I am every day. I was inspired to write my first Christmas novel because I couldn't find one that quite captured the happy go lucky holiday spirit I was looking for - so I wrote my own! I grew up in the snowy winter wonderland of Buffalo, New York which was the inspiration for the town of Kissing Bridge Mountain in 'Christmas Kisses and Cookies'. After living for years in sunny shallow Los Angeles I learned how valuable family and the Christmas spirit really is. 

I have just recently started writing fiction and I hope you enjoy my books as much as I did writing them. I am most well-known for my work in the science of frequencies and the law of attraction. If you've ever wanted your dreams to come through, but thought only money would make that happen; please come learn about how to manifest anything you want to you with no money, just love!!

I love to help people be happy and achieve love and success. Come on by to Facebook or visit me on youtube as Morningmayan where I have many inspirational and empowering videos that are life changing! I also work full time as an Empowerment and Love Coach at morningmayan.com.

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