Author(s): Tim Hayes
Throughout history, people have loved, owned, and ridden horses. They fascinate us, and we are drawn to books like The Horse Whisperer , events like The Kentucky Derby, and movies like Steven Spielberg's War Horse. Owners and non-horse owners alike have also discovered the amazing abilities of horses to help us heal and recover from disabling physical and mental conditions such as autism and multiple sclerosis by participating in Equine Therapy. Men and women afflicted with severe emotional damage are making dramatic recoveries by receiving the simple love, understanding, and acceptance that comes from a horse relationship. The unique message of Riding Home is two-fold. It is the first and only book to explain why horses have this remarkable ability to heal and positively transform emotionally wounded men and women, whether they be troubled teens, prison inmates, or war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. On a societal level, it offers a powerful argument for the expansion of equine programs that accomplish what many organizations that utilize traditional methods of psychotherapy and pharmaceuticals have been unable to achieve. To have a relationship with a horse is to discover and know yourself and the world with truth and compassion. Horses help us discover hidden parts of ourselves. They teach us that when we're not getting what we want, we're the ones who need to change.
TIM HAYES is an internationally recognized natural horsemanship clinician. He conducts clinics throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is a visiting instructor at the University of Connecticut's and the University of Vermont's departments of animal science, an expert consultant and columnist for Equus magazine and Equine Journal, and a contributing columnist for The Huffington Post. He lives with his wife, Stephanie Lockhart, and their horses in New York and Vermont.