Newtown Square resident Mindy Tatz Chernoff estimates that she has probably cleaned thousands of horse stalls in her time, meticulously mucking them out and laying down new hay.
Lucky to grow up with her beloved horses Buck and Rocky, Chernoff recalls a childhood in which she kept her barn cleaner than her room, recognizing early on that horses are nothing less than 1,250-pound master teachers whose lessons are available to anyone who spends time with them.
Chernoff shares those lessons in her new book, From Muck to Magnificence: How Cleaning Horse Stalls Can Lead to An Astonishing Life. The founder of The Resonant Horse – a horse farm in Newtown Square where she conducts workshops, retreats, one-on-one sessions, and horse circles – Chernoff sprinkles wisdom through chapters with such titles as Pick, Lift, Sift, Remove, and Let Go.
“Spending time with horses helps us slow down, notice, feel, and heal,” she said. “In fact, every life lesson can be learned in a barn — everything from overcoming fear, resistance, and discomfort to learning to find love and acceptance.”
As explained in her book, Chernoff is an expert in:
- improving relationships through interacting with horses.
- deepening personal connection through following a horse’s wisdom.
- developing tools for staying present, particularly in relation to discomfort and difficulty in your life.
- experiencing more gratitude, trust, and awe.
“Mindy Tatz Chernoff tells a story of how her relationship with these wise and magnificent animals changed her life,” said Dr. Dan Gottlieb, a psychologist and the host of NPR’s Voices in The Family. “And how, in turn, she and her horses devote their lives to helping others. She’s not afraid of her own vulnerability, nor is she afraid of being playful.
“Chernoff tells the story of her life and perhaps all of our lives.”