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Have you ever heard of The Equus Addictus gene? Perhaps you have inherited it, too? Equine conduit Esta G. Bernstein admits to having inherited the Equus Addictus gene. She’s obsessed with horses and has a remarkable, special bond with this noble creature. Some people may call her a horse whisperer, but I prefer her term equine conduit, as it fully defines how she communicates with the horse, deep down to its very soul. And, yes, horses do have souls, as do all living creatures. She founded Saffyre Sanctuary as a horse rescue, but it also evolved into a people rescue, herself included. It’s not unexpected that a noble soul, such as the soul of a horse, could heal a human, not-so-noble, soul. And this is what happened to Esta.
Changing Horses: One Woman’s Journey Through Horse Racing, Horse Rescue, and Horse Reflection, is Esta’s memoir of a life spent with and around horses. From the age of two, when she had her first encounter with a racehorse, Esta has felt an intense bond with horses. She dreamed about horses, read and learned about them, and, when finances allowed, learned how to ride horses. What she didn’t really comprehend, at least not at first, was that she could communicate with horses, even those she had yet to meet. That’s what happened one night when she dreamed of a gray mare, Lava Lady, a horse she’d never met, a horse who was communicating with her. Through this experience, Esta learned that she was needed in the horse world to help rescue them when they called out for help.
Esta's story evolves like a well-planned plot, full of growth and excitement, angst and concern, and growing love for this noble creature. Whilst the author was continually changing horses as she helped one rescue after another, she was also changing herself, growing and maturing in ways she never dreamed possible. This is a passionate story of a bond few might understand, but many will embrace and appreciate, and it all has to do with the Equus Addictus gene. A powerful story written right from the heart and soul. I love the cover!