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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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Compassionate Communication

Explore Compassionate Communication with Horses (and also dogs, cats, and humans!) and learn how to:

  • become the human your horse wants to be with.
  • set compassionate and effective boundaries.
  • know what hurts a horse.
  • know when a horse wants more.
  • know what makes a horse love you.
  • know why horses become lazy and bored and what makes them want to engage with you instead.
  • create the relationship you want with the horse you have.


Hi, I’m Stormy May, producer of the documentary, The Path of the Horse. So many people have been turned on to alternative ways of relating to horses and other animals since I made the documentary 10 years ago. Most people get inspired to change, but how? What are the actual steps to take each day? This is the first time I’ve been prepared to share the path I’ve taken to uncover the profound love and joy I have found by being able to compassionately communicate with my loved ones.

Wonder if this course is right for you? Schedule a free appointment to talk with me!

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The next course starts April 2nd, 2017. Sign up by March 18th to get a $100 earlybird discount.

Who can benefit from this course?

I’ve designed this course with horse owners in mind but it will be applicable to any relationship you value. Whether you are looking to improve your relationships with dogs, cats, birds, humans or other sentient life, the practices you will learn and apply in the course will improve your capacity to compassionately communicate. Throughout this description, feel free to replace “horse” with whatever being you would like a better relationship with.

Is this you?

Have you ever tried to get a horse to do something you want, only to have him pull away, pin his ears, or even kick out? If so, it’s probably because you’re not communicating in a way that feels safe to the horse, in a way that makes him want to LISTEN and COOPERATE.

Chances are that you were so caught up in your thoughts and emotions that you didn’t give the horse the space to listen, think and respond. This is something you can learn to do so that a horse actually wants to do things you suggest. Here’s what I mean…


Horses and humans communicate in different ways, but if you can understand where the horse is coming from, you can have a whole different experience than most people and actually create a deeper connection between you and him.

That’s right, there is a way that actually works for both of you…

Learn to communicate with horses for real, constructive, positive results.

Are you getting what you want?

Most people think that they are great communicators.

But they don’t seem to get the RESULTS they want from their communication.

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If you aren’t getting the results you’re after, then you need to become a better communicator.

Telling the horse exactly what you think he should be doing all the time is NOT a trait that makes a great communicator.

Being in touch with how you would like things is a good quality but repeatedly manipulating the horse to get what you want is not. Acting without conscious thought about how the horse will hear and receive your words is counterproductive.

Many people spend hours analyzing, processing, and discussing a problem that they have, then after all this they come to the horse and try something new.

And then what happens?

Most of the time, the person expects the horse to listen and QUICKLY understand what she is talking about, and what it means he needs to do.

And how does that usually work out?


If you think about this situation for a second, you’ll realize a few important things:

• The horse didn’t have the benefit of all the time and understanding that the human did.

• The human is expecting the horse to understand the importance of what she is asking him to do.

• The horse probably sees things differently and has his own perspective (right or wrong).


I recognize the challenge that you, as a human, have with a horse. It’s often very difficult to know what is going on with him because he can’t come out and say exactly what he is thinking or feeling.

Most horses in this situation will either shut up and do as they’re told because they are afraid of being hurt, or they do something other than what the human wanted, hoping to make the human go away so they can go back to what they were doing.

Compassionate Communication IS the first step to changing your relationship with a horse for the better.


What this course covers

I’ve spent decades studying exactly what works and what doesn’t when it comes to humans communicating effectively with horses and other sentient beings and creating deeper, compassionate connections. My Compassionate Communication course will show you how you can refine this skill if you are going to have a fulfilling, compassionate relationship with a horse. The course includes exercises that I use on a daily basis to re-orient and operate from a place of compassion. It’s the modern caretaker’s guide to success while being with, working with and caring for horses – if you’re looking to stop wasting your time and find a deep, lasting, and real connection, that is.

This is a 4 week online course consisting of weekly exercises, a private Facebook group for course members, weekly group calls, optional video evaluations and opportunities to come together as a team to explore compassionate communication. To be successful in this course, I request that you are able to devote at least an hour every day for a month to learning and practicing the materials. Part of the time can be spent doing exercises that can be done at the same time as your regular daily tasks. The more time you can spend on this material, the greater your rewards! This course does not cover horse training techniques, it is about communicating from a place of empathy and compassion. Interested?

Details and next steps

The cost for the course is $600. I am confident if you apply yourself to the materials you will receive a much greater value than the cost of the course, however, all course fees will be refunded if you don’t feel you receive at least an equal amount of value from the course.

The first step to apply is to schedule a phone or Skype consultation with me so we can discuss your individual situation and determine if this course is right for you at this point in your life.

Schedule your conversation time here:
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If you’re ready for a positive change in your life when it comes to horses, then learning how to communicate with them in a way that triggers connection is a crucial first step, and my course shows you how.

In my course, you’ll learn:
Why your horse wants to be with some people or animals, and not others.
How to communicate so he understands.
The secret to harmonious relationships with horses and all life.

Remember, take advantage of our earlybird discount and save $100 if you sign up by March 18th! The next course starts April 2nd, 2017. 

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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

Wonder if this course is right for you? Schedule a free appointment to talk with me!
Book an appointment with OurHorses using SetMore

The next course starts April 2nd, 2017. Sign up by March 18th to get a $100 earlybird discount.

In a world where few take the time to learn the tools of effective communication, Stormy May shows the way in this grounded online course in Compassionate Communication.  Using proven exercises to help learners expand their self-awareness, Stormy supports them in their journey to think about and respond to situations in a new more constructive way.  At its core, this course is about developing a more compassionate way of being with oneself, and expanding that into being more compassionate with others. Becoming present with others is impossible until one can become present with oneself, and these lessons are a wonderful introduction for beginners on the way home to themselves as well as a gentle reminder for those already on their way.  As a seeker wishing to see and honor the sacred in life and all living beings, I experienced this course as a practical study in becoming more mindful and present in everyday life.  Communicating from a place of presence and compassion is a skill you can learn and practice that will improve all your relationships, whether it be with a horse, a dog, a human, or any other being.  Stormy guides you in getting started or improving upon the skills you already have, and joining the Facebook community of graduates is a supportive way to go deeper into the practices so they become a way of being. If you feel a call in your heart to experience more compassion in your life, don’t hesitate to get started. The time for more compassion in the world is now.
     Monica Butschek, Founder, Horses Have Halos

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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