Dr. Allen Schoen, DVM, MS, PhD (Hon) is one of the pioneers in veterinary acupuncture and natural therapies, and has been acknowledged worldwide for introducing the concept of an integrative approach to veterinary medicine, bridging the gap between conventional and alternative medicine. Dr. Schoen edited two principle veterinary textbooks—Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancient Art to Modern Medicine, and Complementary & Alternative Veterinary Medicine: Principles and Practice (co-edited with Susan Wynn, DVM)—and is the author of two books for the general public: Love, Miracles, and Animal Healing and Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live.

We asked Dr. Schoen what inspired him to write his new book The Compassionate Equestrian.

“As a pioneer in holistic integrative veterinary medicine, my passion has always been to explore new innovative approaches to help animals that could not be helped with any conventional therapies,” says Dr. Schoen. “Over my more than 35 years in veterinary practice, I have been able to work with so many people who love their horses. I have also seen situations where I would have liked to see more compassionate care of both horses and people. I noticed the contrast between barns where everyone was more understanding, kind, and tolerant with horses and ones where they were not. Horses and humans seemed much more at peace and happier in barns where there was an underlying atmosphere of caring for everyone versus barns where there appeared to be an underlying sense of anger, impatience, intolerance, and irritability. I appreciated how those differences affected everyone. I realized that part of healing is creating a foundation for health and happiness in each barn, and that such a foundation could be of benefit to everyone.”

By Dr. Allen Schoen

The Compassionate Equestrian: 25 Principles to Live by When Caring for and Working with Horses