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The Path of the Horse eBook on Kindle takes the reader beyond the Path of the Horse documentary, following Stormy May's path in the years following the release of the movie. Originally released in 2012 and updated in 2016.

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Listen to the future of horse human relationships

I know quite a few of you here have heard of Ren Hurst, the woman who is speaking out and walking her talk to help us gain clarity and grow closer in our relationships with horses and each other. I met her some years ago and I have seen that she has what it takes to help us evolve to the next level of consciousness. If you’re ready to deepen your understanding of our human condition please take 42 minutes to watch this interview by Abby Lodmer.

– Stormy May

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How can Compassionate Communication help you?

merens horse foalsImagine living a life filled with compassion every day as you are surrounded by your loved ones who relate to you on deep and profound levels. Compassion is something we all aspire to, but are we taught how to access it? Maybe we were taught by our parents or school teachers, but did they really know the most effective ways to cultivate compassion on a daily basis? If you’re serious about living a compassionate life, the Compassionate Communication course will give you the exercises and support to shift your world into one of rich connections.

Wonder if this course is right for you? Schedule a free appointment to talk with me! The next course starts April 8th. 
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Here are four accounts of how the Compassionate Communication with Horses course has helped others.


Participating in Compassionate Communication with Horses was a momentous experience for me. In a generous and supportive style Stormy May presents a series of exercises that brought accountability, structure and balance to my previously self directed and perhaps haphazard, though serious, endeavor to mindfulness and positive relationship development.

With the support of scientific data and years of personal practice, Stormy has distilled an overwhelming array of methods for achieving peace of mind, happiness and a fulfilling life with ourselves and others into a practical and doable set of foundation practices that are suitable for the utmost beginner, as well as anyone who has tried various techniques but never put it all together or stayed with it long enough feel the full benefits.

The class work notably improved my approach to conflict resolution with skills for analyzing perception in myself and in any relationships, whether with humans or non-humans. It significantly simplified my concerns for attention and enriched my abilities to educate others. I had come a long way with years of self-development on my own, but working through this course I saw great progress in only four weeks. I whole heartedly recommend this course to anyone struggling with desire for results.

Donna Condrey-Miller, Nevzorov Haute Ecole Representative, California


Since participating in Stormy May’s Compassionate Communication course, I have seen an improvement in family and animal relations, as well as my health. My house is more organized, health improved; I feel less stressed. How, did this happen? Not by magic, though magical thinking did help. Looking back, I realize that the magic happened by changing my point of view. It was a pleasant surprise to discover that by simply changing my perspective on a given situation, I could shift, not only my response, but how others respond as well. If you can accept the premises that most of our actions are the result of rote, unconscious, preconceived ideas and thoughts, then this course will work for you. While this is likely not a new revelation to most people, making changes without support is extremely difficult. Impossible for me. By employing the exercises presented in the course, exploring the true meaning behind our perceptions, I have seen a perceptible change in my consciousness. Just by looking.

In addition, this course helped me get through difficult times, since setbacks on both a personal and financial basis occurred within a month after enrolling in the course. Equipped with a new perspective, these setbacks became challenges. Annoyances became gifts. While the course won’t prevent life’s difficulties, it does help you to cope and master whatever comes your way. Another collateral benefit of Stormy’s coursework is happiness. While happiness is always present, the exercises helped me to capture these fractured moments of happiness.

In sum, it is possible to achieve happiness and establish better communication with family, friends, and of course, animals, through employing simple tools and exercises laid out by Stormy May. For those willing to pull back the curtain to your consciousness, and practice mindfulness, then I highly recommend this course. I have found it has increased my communication with animals, family and friends, not to mention improved my health and appreciation for the fleeting joyful moments of life.

L. Evans


Bonnie Erickson

Life pulls us into a trap, you have to make a living, we’re fed things through the media, you have to have that and you need to do that, it’s overwhelming, it takes your whole life but this course showed me a way out. This course with the perspectives and different perceptions, I am seeing where I am and how I have been stuck in so many ways and I’m catching myself in it, and it is absolutely amazing. When I get into the exercises and apply them, it makes a difference. So many times throughout the day now I catch myself and collect myself and make new choices. I wish all people had the opportunity to take this course. This course was at the right time for me to give me the tools to take that next step.

This really is giving me things to do that are shifting me out of the rut I was in, and I’m noticing it around me too, not just in me. I’m seeing different opportunities I hadn’t seen before. It is the first course that has really sunk in. I am actually seeing the change and the transformation and others are seeing it in me too. And it’s not just me, it’s how I am relating to other living beings and my perception of the world. It works!

Bonnie Erickson


I was fortunate enough to be one of the first people to experience Stormy May’s course “Compassionate Communication with Horses”. This course gave me the tools to be compassionate not only with horses, but all living things including humans! Learning how to be in the moment, letting go of things that are not in my best interest, and exploring my perspectives and beliefs are a few examples of where the course took me. Stormy is an amazing teacher that encouraged me with her gentle questions and observations. This course is for anyone looking to change where they are in life, and willing to commit to themselves for a more compassionate way of being.

Katherine Marine

Are you ready to live a more compassionate life? Click here for more details and to schedule a free course interview with Stormy May.

Ren Hurst interview with Marlene Narrow on Vegan Nation

Ren and Bailey stillPractical steps to end exploitation and control of others in order to experience unconditional love in our everyday lives. Unravel the mystery of what draws us to horses and the other animals we love. Learn how to use our relationships to create a peaceful world. Here is a two part interview of Ren Hurst by Marlene Narrow of Vegan Nation


Part 1 February 10, 2017

Part 2 February 17, 2017

Learn more about Ren’s work at the New World Sanctuary Foundation website.

Be part of the next movie!

Stormy Gizmo CanadaBecome part of the team working on the Path of the Human movie! All patrons get exclusive access to test videos to help create the path to peace together. The first test video is already available on Patreon. Also, patrons get great rewards like a download of the Path of the Horse movie, eBook and audiobook, thank you cards, consultations and even a listing as an executive producer of the next movie.

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When $200 is pledged I will finish and release the first segment of the Path of the Human.

A huge thanks to my first patrons: Kathleen Carson, Dongho Song, Maegan Thomas, Jo Baker, Sandra Marshall, Carol J Garrett, Bridget Darby and Lou Gonda. Make sure you stay updated on Patreon to see the latest “making of” videos and lend your voice to the creation process!

Much love,
Stormy May

A heart connection with horses and all life

Eclipse sunset editedHave you ever thought about why we domesticated animals and how truly loving our relationships to them are? We bring animals into our lives for our own reasons. We have them because we want them to do something for us. What I think most people are actually seeking with animals is a heart connection. I believe that most people have animals in their lives to get a source of unconditional love that they may not have for themselves already. Training and controlling is not the way to experience unconditional love with an animal. It’s the opposite of unconditional love.

So we’ve got these animals in our lives, that’s fine, they’re here, they need to be taken care of, but we have a choice on how we want to interact with them in that situation where they’re already in a controlled environment. What we typically do is we train, and we use conditioned responses and we use treats and we use manipulation or coercion to get them to do what we want them to do because at the end of the day we have been taught that that’s what to do with animals. If we’re being completely honest, domestication itself is the epitome of control and control has nothing to do with love.

When you remove all forms of controls while also setting very kind boundaries so they’re not doing whatever they want whenever they want, something really transformative happens. What we think of as a domesticated dog or a domesticated horse or a pig or a cat, whatever species, when they truly are allowed to have a mentally free state where they’re able to be who they are in the fullest sense, without fear of being hurt or neglected, they turn into something entirely different than what we’re used to.

What we’re used to is this conditioned being in front of us that is conditioned based on how we control it in whatever subtle or not so subtle form depending on what you do, but it changes everything. It can actually change who you are as a person to choose to practice this unconditional way of relating that really requires you to set very solid boundaries but without making anybody feel wrong or shamed for being who they are.

by Ren Hurst, founder of the New World Sanctuary Foundation

Learn more in an interview with Ren where she talks about these ideas and more from her book, Riding on the Power of Others. Also, don’t miss your opportunity to invest in the creation of a safe, healthy place for the animals of the New World Sanctuary Foundation to roam free, help is gratefully accepted! Find out more at the fundraising site: .

Please help support the birth of this new world for horses and humans by visiting the New World Sanctuary Foundation website at: .

Horse Ventriloquism

Jafarra and Stormy

When children play with dolls, they give voices to the bundles of cloth and plastic. They create stories, with lives full of worries and cares. They interact with the toys and play with them for hours.

barbie picAn interesting phenomenon is when people come into contact with living horses, they seem to continue this habit, adding words to a body that has no capability of human speech.

I’m not talking about baby talk or varying the tones in our voices to elicit a response, that is a different discussion. I’m talking about the stories we tell each other and the horses about why something is happening, about what is going on.

Today, through YouTube and countless channels of self-published media we have a chance to peek at the private and public lives of millions of people who work with horses. When we do so, we can listen to many words being inserted into the soundtrack of a horse’s life. Here is a sampling of words from popular trainers as seen on YouTube.

“He knows better than to do that.”
“She’s being disrespectful.”
“He doesn’t want to be supple.”
“She’s going to try and trick you.”
“She’ll argue with you, argue with you and then when you give her a little reprimand and make her respond then she overreacts and acts like the world is going to come to an end.”

The curious thing is we tend to believe these stories. How many of these words do you agree with? Do you believe the horse was guilty of these accusations? How can we get closer to understanding what another being is trying to communicate?

Our Horses speakWhen we can look at a horse and acknowledge her as a complete mystery, we gain access to a different perspective, an experience of life through another’s eyes. We become the students, learning from a race that has walked this earth far longer than we have.

Listen today to the words you speak for a horse, or a stranger at another table, a man in a car, or a dog. Listen to the words others speak to explain horse behavior, to nail down the mystery. You might be lead to a glimpse of the new world, beyond the safety of thinking we speak for horses, to the place where real horses speak and humans feel.

Excerpt from the book, “The Path of the Horse” by Stormy May.

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Behind the racing silks at the Belmont Stakes

Cheer for horse sports, cheer for horse slaughter!
To get top equine athletes of the highest caliber, thousands are bred.  
8 horses will start in the Belmont Stakes.  They will all be 3 years old.  
In order to get these 8 top athletes, there were 23,500  Thoroughbred horses bred and registered with the Jockey Club in the USA in 2012.  Of these 23,500, 8 made it to this top race.  What happens to those 23,492 horses that didn’t make it?  What happens to the 8 that do?
Well, whether they have the temperament, build, and heart to make it to the track or not, they will be done with racing careers by about age 9.  
Horses live about 30 years in captivity when they are well cared for.
Horses bred for the track end up in many other types of homes. 

Concerning horses bred for other sports it’s a similar process of elimination.   We had 68,240 Quarter Horses registered in the USA in 2014. We have large numbers of Arabian Horses, Warmbloods, gaited horses, and sport ponies being bred each year as well.

There are some places where horses who are no longer rideable are allowed to live out their lives, either in large pastures or on smaller fenced sections of land.  Wild-caught mustangs, retired show horses, trail mounts and pasture pets also compete for these available spaces.
It’s probably not a coincidence that 90,000-140,000 horses are sent to slaughter each year.
Now, can you see why it looks like cheering for horse sports is also cheering for horse slaughter?  There is still a thriving market for young prospects so people are going to keep breeding these numbers of horses.  Until we start cheering for and providing homes for horses who can’t perform and cheering for breeders who stop breeding and switch to rescuing, we are hiding from the actual problem of horse slaughter which simply fills a need to dispose of our unwanted horses.The American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) position on unwanted horses:

We are extremely concerned about the welfare of unwanted horses and the reports we’re seeing and hearing of increasing numbers of horses being abandoned, abused, and neglected. There are more horses than there are homes for them, and we need solutions. To develop short- and long-term solutions that are viable and sustainable, cooperation among a variety of groups will be necessary. We’re confident that if breeders, owners, horse rescuers, and other stakeholders can collaborate and cooperate, this welfare problem can be effectively addressed.   

We are working to solve this problem at OurHorses.  We are creating a value for all horses whether or not they can perform for humans.  We see our own value as caretakers and guardians of all horses and humans who are alive today.    

It’s a big task we’ve set ahead of ourselves but if not us, who?  We will start this experiment by creating homes for all unwanted horses in our home base in California as well as providing sanctuary for humans who want to rest and join us as caretakers of horses.  We need a lot of help from warriors of the heart.

Join us in the creation of this world.  You can begin by sharing this message with people to raise awareness of the problem.

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Meeting Sacred Camels



Wandering with a herd of friendly camels, freely living their contemplative herd culture, is to experience peace as it is being lived on this earth today. The Sacred Camel Gardens of Adi Da Samraj is a rare gift in our world, where we can remember the truth of ourselves and our inherent, or ‘prior’, unity with all beings and things.  It’s a chance to practice understanding, compassion, empathy, honesty, and presence.  We are offered a chance to follow leaders who teach us to serve.

Give yourself the gift of a moment to sink into the presence of camels with this video then share it with the world.


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I had a friend send me this DVD and I decided to review it while working today.

I had to stop working and just watch it. In our busy lives we need reminders of being in the moment, and today this DVD gave me that gift again.

There is so much I could write about this DVD but it is still all swirling inside me. It is certainly a reminder for anyone who needs to reconnect with their horses (or with anyone in their lives). You interviewed the authors of some of my favorite books, and I enjoyed their message. BUT what came through me was your passion for the horses and because of this; you made their words have substance and in a way where you made each message intermingle and dance together, giving such a wonderfully complete message.

Thank you.

Catherine Bird