In this, the final book in the trilogy which began with Riding Towards the Light, the author uses some of the oldest teaching devices known to man — allegory and story telling — to put across some of the current theories as to how people learn and how they are taught. Fascinating in their own right, each tale offers an insight into learning and teaching — each different, each valid. Through them we meet unforgettable teachers, and maybe find clues as to how to teach or learn about the art of riding.”
“This is a true masterpiece in both content and style. You will be enthralled by its life and the characters therein. If you read Riding Towards the Light over and over, or in one sitting, this will be one of your absolute favorites!”
Paul Belasik’s latest book ‘The Songs of Horses’ represents the completion of a landmark trilogy in Equestrian literature. First, over a decade ago, came the chronicle of his apprenticeship in classical dressage Riding Towards the Light. His style, intensely personal and imaginative continued through his journeyman phase called ‘Exploring Dressage Technique’. The journeyman phase in any craft is intense because every technicality is questioned. The ideas of many teachers are sought and tested until a body of knowledge is mastered, meaning owned both in theory and practice.
This stage of mastery is the subject of ‘The Songs of Horses’. That is not to say Belasik considers himself a master in the esteem that he holds so many historical figures. It is more that he feels a responsibility to horsemen past and present to pass on the legacy of his endeavors.
"When you read this book you will not find yourself in the arena with direct advice about this or that aspect of what it is to ride in a classical manner. The subject is far too personal and close to his heart for him to encumber you with more how to information. Instead the ‘seven stories for teachers and students’ honour the individual struggle. The struggle of learning and the struggle of teaching."
"What a strange, magical, peculiar, wonderful book. Very, very rarely do I read a book twice—this one will be read again and again. Insightful—and a wonderful gift as well."
"Belasik’s Songs of Horses is the kind of book one can discuss with friends to exchange interpretations and insights. It is enjoyable and easy to read, but don’t be fooled into thinking that this book is light entertainment. Belasik’s simple language and entertaining style teach deep lessons."
"Paul’s creative genius takes my breath away. This book is a magical journey into the very depths of horsemanship at its most enlightened…For me, this book gave a very rare, honest and intimate insight into the life of the very great man who wrote it. Buy it, cherish it, share it with your friends; it will open their hearts and minds to the true songs of horses."