If you go
What: Book signing with H.A. Levin, author of "A History of Horses Told By Horses"
When: 7 p.m. Friday (presentation about the book); 1 p.m. Saturday (book signing and Q&A)
Where: Epilogue Book Co. (Friday); Off the Beaten Path Bookstore (Saturday)
Call: Epilogue at 879-2665 or Off the Beaten Path at 879-6830
Steamboat Springs The book opens like this:
H.A. Levin is in a pasture near Steamboat Lake. A female horse approaches him, circling Levin in a way that makes him think the mare has a message. In the book, that message is that horses have thoughts, and that freedom and hope for the future are often on their minds.
His new book, "A History of Horses Told By Horses," includes Levin's conversations with equine communicators from across the United States, England, France, Austria and Australia.
"I've been around the world with hundred of horses, and I've bought a ton of carrots to trade for their tales," Levin said. A Steamboat Springs resident since 1977, Levin has spent seven years volunteering at the Humble Ranch Education & Therapy Center, and in recent years, he has spent much of his time learning to communicate with animals.
"I spend a lot of time in nature with animals, just trying to develop my ability," Levin said. "And it's not exclusive to me - anybody can communicate with animals, you just have to be in the moment."
During his time with horses from all walks of life, Levin decided the species is inherently bothered by human violence, and the animals hope to empower people - especially women - to work for peace and love, he said.
"They all have their take on humanity and how they can help us heal," Levin said.
"A History of Horses Told By Horses" is the first in a series of books Levin plans to write about animal communication, he said. Elephants are next on the list, followed by transcribed tales from dolphins, whales, cats and dogs.
Levin didn't set out to talk to the animals, but he thinks the practice can help people help themselves.
"It wasn't my idea," he said about that first conversation with a horse in North Routt. "The horses had been approaching me for 20 years before I was open enough in my heart to hear their voices."