Review - The Spell of the Horse by Pam Billinge

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Year Published: 2017
Genre: Memoir, Non-Fiction, Inspirational

'The ability of the horse to sense emotion, energy and spirit is way beyond what most of the human world realises.'
When Pam’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she began to notice the way her horse responded to her emotional turmoil. Thus began an exploration into the spiritual relationship between horses and humans and their infinite capacity to help us heal. Building on her remarkable discoveries, Pam began her pioneering work as a horse-led coach and therapist. By sharing her own path to redemption through personal tragedy, and other stories of healing inspired by the incredible interactions she has observed between horse and human, Pam puts forward her uplifting insights about the true nature of the horse, setting out some simple principles to help the reader transcend life's challenges. 
A must-read for those wishing to understand the spiritual connection between horses and humans.
This spiritual memoir about coping with death & grief and then, with her horses, helping others to deal with their problems will appeal to fans of The Outrun by Amy Liptrot, The Wild Other by Clover Stroud and H is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald. Pam Billinge is a body psychotherapy professional and leadership coach at the top of her game in the UK field of horse-led therapy.

About the Author:
Pam was born and raised in Liverpool from where she went on to study French and Spanish. She has lived and worked in France, Spain and four different counties in the UK, currently living in rural Wiltshire. 
The first horses which Pam became fascinated by were ridden by the mounted policemen she would see passing her childhood home on the way to supervise football matches. Little did she know, then, how these magnificent creatures would influence her adult life, not only supporting her through a number of personal tragedies, but also leading to her pioneering work in horse-led psychotherapy and coaching. 
In her first book, The Spell of the Horse, Pam shares her memoir and other stories inspired by the incredible interactions she has observed between horse and human. Thus she reveals the true nature of the horse whilst delivering some simple principles to help the reader transcend life’s challenges to live with purpose, self-belief and joy. 

Connect with the Author:
Author Website: Pam Billinge Author Website

My Take on the Book:
I found this book very intriguing, especially with the descriptions and experiences; as well as finding them enlightening. I got an ARC in exchange for an honest review, and ended up giving this book a four star rating.

Last Word:
I am quite sure that this is only a very small set of stories that this author has to tell; with the years of experience and working with the clients that she has. I most certainly hope that this isn't the first and last book from her, I'd be fascinated to hear more from this author.