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Mindy Tatz Chernoff on horses, baggage and emotional loads

By LA Sokolowski

Mindy Tatz Chernoff, 62, of Chunk of Heaven Horse Farm in Newtown, Pennsylvania, wears many (preferably Serratelli) hats: Author. Coach. Healer. Horsewoman. New grandmother. Two-time TEDX Talk guest and only guest ever to have a horse (a Paint Horse, of course) featured on stage with her not once,but twice.

Why? Because horses want to be our partners, Mindy says.

“They evoke a strong sense of authenticity in those who interact with them,” Mindy said about the animals. “In entering a horse’s environment, we’re more inclined to feel and heal.”

Mindy’s own introduction to that world began as a teenager, training horses in the Chicago suburbs. After graduating from Stephens College and relocating with her family to Pennsylvania, she found her stride operating two barns, raising three kids and earning dual Masters degrees in holistic spirituality and spiritual direction. 

Today, within a safe workshop environment she calls The Resonant Horse,individuals and executive leadership groups find their way through resistance, fear and discomfort to claim love and acceptance. She serves as a staff member at Building Bridges, a therapeutic center in nearby Media, Pennsylvania, and is an equine specialist with years of postgraduate work in mindfulness meditation and executive leadership training. Her continuing education within the equine facilitated leadership field includes as an eponaquest apprentice and The Resonant Horse workshops are accredited with the International Coaching Federation

One-of-a-Kind Design

In her book, From Muck to Magnificence: How Cleaning Horse Stalls Can Lead to an Astonishing Life, Mindy says most life lessons can be learned at the barn.

So meet her equine professor emeritus, Flirtin With Musicor Viton,” after top designer Louis Vuitton. Who better to help others with their emotional baggagethan a horse named for one of the world’s finest luggage makers?

Mindy had always loved a good splash of chrome. A few months after losing herbeloved Quarter Horse, Lacy, to complications from the muscle-disorder HYPP, she was searching online for a horse for a client when she found a “stunninggray-and-white overo for sale by Beth Lepping.


This is an excerpt from the full article—get the whole story in the Fall 2019 Chrome magazine, which is sent to all current APHA members. Not a member? Join or renew at apha.com/join.


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