She Flies Without Wings
How Horses Touch a Woman's Soul
By Mary D. Midkiff
(Delta, Paperback, 9780385335003, 288pp.)
Publication Date: February 26, 2002
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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From a renowned horsewoman and gifted storyteller comes this groundbreaking new book that explores a powerful relationship like no other: the magical kinship between women and horses.
Drawing from myth and literature, the author’s own experiences, and interviews with countless women, we learn, through women’s deeply personal stories, how horses enrich our lives and connect us to nature–making us readers of rhythm and invisible signs, helping us harness our youthful sexuality, sharing the “horsepower” we need to reach our dreams. And here we see how, for thousands of years, the deep kinship between women and horses has connected us to our most intimate feelings of delight, helped us learn to solve problems, and set our creativity free.
From the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer to the fiction of Jane Austen to folktales from around the world, She Flies Without Wings uses great literature and myth to encompass a wide spectrum of beliefs and perspectives–and creates a true celebration of speed, air, and the spectacular animal that connects us with both.
Filled with the moving lessons–-about sensuality, commitment, power, nurturance, and spirituality–women riders have known for centuries, written with a loving hand by an expert equestrian, She Flies Without Wings is an eloquent paean to a pairing that enlivened history, inspired literature, and continues to enchant us all.
Mary D. Midkiff is the creator of Women and Horses, an equestrian fitness program. She has been conducting presentations and clinics around the world for the past ten years. She is also the president of Equestrian Resources, a marketing film specializing in the promotion of show, sport, and recreational horse activities. She is the author of Fitness, Performance, and the Female Equestrian, and lives in Boulder, Colorado.
“Lyrical. Poetic. Powerful...Destined to become a classic...a stirring volume about the profound and intense relationship between women and horses. Midkiff is a splendid writer and has produced a truly breakthrough book. Run out and buy a copy for yourself, and pick up an extra for your favorite girlfriend.”
–Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar
“Lyrical and compelling, Midkiff’s prose speaks to the depth of a woman’s soul.”
–Susan Chernak McElroy, New York Times bestselling author of Animals As Teachers & Healers