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August 2015

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Alum writes book on gentle methods for horse handling, training

This spring, College alumnus Allen M. Schoen, DVM ’78, MS, published his sixth book, The Compassionate Equestrian:25 Principles to Live by When Caring  for and Working with Horses.

book cover of The Compassionate EquestrianThe book, as described on its Amazon page, introduces the concept of the 25 Principles, which “share stories and outline current, peer-reviewed studies that identify and support methods of training, handling, and caring for horses that constitute a safe, healthy, non-stressful, and pain-free environment. Through their Compassionate Equestrian program, the authors encourage all involved in the horse industry to approach training and handling with compassion and a willingness to alleviate suffering. By developing deeper compassion for their own horses, and subsequently, allequines, equestrians transcend their differences in breed preferences, riding disciplines, and training methodologies.”

College leaders have positive reviews for the book:

“Dr. Allen Schoen is an innovative, compassionate, and thoughtful veterinarian whose book emphasizes the responsibilities that attend the human-equine relationship. The Compassionate Equestrian provides practical information derived from a lifetime of caring for sport and pleasure horses. Dr. Schoen has a keen eye for animal and human behavior, and his book has value for the novice and the experienced equestrian alike.”—Michael Kotlikoff, VMD, PhD, Austin O. Hooey Dean

 “Dr. Schoen has always lead by example, and lives a lifetime of connected joy with the horses that he treats and their owners. We will continue to benefit from his kindness and guidance through his new book, The Compassionate Equestrian. From backyard ponies to trail horses to show jumpers, it’s ‘all about the horse.’”—Paula Kennedy, LVT, Dean’s Advisory Board