Straight from the Horse's Heart: A Spiritual Ride through Love, Loss and Hope
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6 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Pure equine love and so much more . . . Apr 05, 2009
By Sandra Church
"Rimrock Humane Society"
From the moment I took my first breath on this earthly plane, the hoofbeats of our equine cousins danced on my heart. From the sighs of my exasperated Mother seeing "horse" listed as number one on my Christmas list every year to receiving my first horse from my adoring husband, horses have been involved in every aspect of my life. So, with that heart set I entered into author R.T. Fitch's "Straight from the Horses Heart". The pages turned quickly while I laughed, cried and intently followed the author's travel through self introspection, discovery and eternal love. I giggled at the antics of sweet Pele, sat in wonder of the wisdom of Ethan and enjoyed the interaction of Mr. Fitch's herd comparing it to my own. Entwined through these chapters of life with equines, is the horrific tale of slaughter; the horror, the agony and the strife that man has put upon our noble hooved bretheren. The world must know of this horror; ignorance is not bliss and we cannot turn away from the ugliness of this travisty! Slaughtering the very animals that have been man's partner throughout history - our thanks for their service? I think NOT! I truly wish to thank author R.T. Fitch for bringing not only the issue of horse slaughter to the forefront but for also clearly capturing the equine spirit in these pages. We have so much to learn from our animal friends; I pray that Mr. Fitch will continue his journey (as we all should) and share with us a continuance of Straight From the Heart . . . I know Ethan beams with pride . . . it IS so!
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Straight from the Horses's Heart Jan 28, 2009
In his 1st work Author Fitch has somehow managed to entertwine controversial issues, heart felt emotions and real wit into a meaningful and well written book. His writting style and use of words is refreshing in itself. Strongly recommended for any adult.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
beautifully written Dec 02, 2012
By Diana L. Myers
Beautifully written! Sad. Funny. Heartwarming. Thoughtful. Insightful. Couldn't t put it down. Takes you straight into the horses mind, body and soul.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Very disappointing! Mar 07, 2012
By ~Open Range~
I've been involved with horses, owning, breeding, and training for most of my life, and I was given this book by a "non-horsey" friend who thought I would enjoy it. For all the hype, I expected the book to be based more on actual experience with handling and training horses and thus of value to horsemen, however the book turned out to be more about the author's very BIG feelings for horses, and a supposed mental bridge that the author imagines between he and his "equine brethren." The book's value to actual, experienced horse-people holds about as much value as does an animated Disney movie, unfortunately. After reading the book, and reading the other reviews of it, I am in complete agreement of the author's extreme eccentricity, and perhaps a touch of narcissism. I've heard it said that often, those who talk the most actually have the least to say, and I found this to be true with R.T. Fitch's book.
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While I doubt the communication, I understand where the author is coming from Feb 06, 2009
By Charles Ashbacher
For eleven years, I owned an acreage where I raised cattle and other livestock. I spent a great deal of time with the cattle, each had their own name and I often fed them by hand. When the stresses of life increased, I would walk out to the barn in cold weather or to the pasture when it was warm and commune with them. If you pay attention, you recognize unique personalities and can recognize the meaning of different sounds they make and even determine which one made the "moo."
The author of this book is a lover of horses and his claim is that his horses have communicated telepathically with him. He writes with great passion about the cruelty that some horses have suffered from and his efforts to end the slaughter of horses for food. I am certainly in complete agreement about the cruelty; there is no logic or sense to starving or neglecting animals. I firmly support efforts to make such behavior a crime.
However, while I was never in telepathic contact with my cattle, at times I could sense their feelings so I do not vehemently reject the idea that the author communicated with his horses. I do not consider it to be likely, but from my experiences, I can certainly understand where he is coming from.
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