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Riding Home: The Power of Horses to Heal

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Riding Home:The Power of Horses to Heal is the first and only book to scientifically and experientially explain why horses have the extraordinary ability to emotionally transform the lives of thousands of men, women and children, whether they are horse lovers, or suffering from deep psychological wounds. It is a book for anyone who wants to experience the joy, wonder, self ...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by St. Martin's Press
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Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Horse Can Heal Humans

If you love horses, you know how delightful it is to be around these gentle animals. I own several horses, but before I read this book, I didn't realize how many ways they are used to heal humans. Hayes reports on horses being used for healing in a variety of programs.

In a maximum security prison in Colorado, prisoners are used to tame wild horses and discover compassion and an ability to deal with their own fear. There are several programs known as Horses for Heroes that h
Cara Brewton
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
After completing an overview class on Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy earlier this month I have been packing my Want to Read list with equine therapy titles. Riding Home by Tim Hayes turned out to be a good place to start. Tim provided a flyover view of equine behavior -- how the human brain works, and how those two things play into equine therapy -- without getting too deep in the scientific weeds. he also included moving testimony from those experiencing PTSD, autism, and trauma who wer ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads, arc
I have to say coming into this book, I wasn't really sure what I was in for the. As a horse lover and owner myself, I can personally account for the healing horses can offer.
This book is filled with real life accounts of therapy via a human/horse relationship. Great read for horse lovers or anyone considering healing through horses.

** I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. **

Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ultimately, I wish this book was about what it claims to be about. It also could have REALLY benefitted from a competent editor.

My problems span both content and presentation.

Content: this book. repeats. itself. multiple. times. In all ways. Sometimes 3 chapters down the line it will suddenly begin rehashing something explained in detail previously. This happens throughout the book.

Staying on topic: This book could not. Within each topic chapter the information wanders all over the place and by
Susan Grodsky
May 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Tim Hughes seems to be a very nice person. I bet he would be a good teacher of natural horsemanship.

But writing just is not his thing! There are perhaps 25 pages of really useful information in this 247 page book. It's extremely repetitious. And his long-winded stories of children, convicts, and veterans whose autism, anti-social tendencies, or PTSD is cured by exposure to a horse are encouraging, but have a flat, predictable narrative arc. A more data-driven approach would have been more persua
Evelyn Walker
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, I really did. The author tries so hard to convey the magic that many of us feel around horses, but it feels like he is trying too hard to make his point. I volunteer in the therapeutic riding industry and I see firsthand what horses can do for people, but I feel that this book might set people up with false expectations. The "magic" with horses and therapy doesn't just instantly happen, and sometimes it doesn't happen at all. And some of the scenarios he describes sou ...more
Chauntel Skye Gillilland
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a horsewoman who was witnessed the healing power of horses firsthand, I have to give the author a big thumbs up for making this knowledge accessible to the general population. That said, I felt the personal accounts were sometimes a little forced and cliché, and I think the themes of the chapters came across as a little disjointed or out of order. Overall great book and a must read.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love horses to begin with and this book just confirms why. It talks about how they are used for therapy for PTSD autism chemical dependency etc. Horses are great at understanding humans and if it doesn't like something you are doing you had better change it because they wont change their behavior. Great read for any horse lover
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, first-reads
I received a copy as a First Reads winner and loved it. I had a ranch for a few years where we rehabilitated injured show horses. From my experience with the physical and emotional issues we dealt with, I could easily relate them to what was discussed in this book--for both horses and humans.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Sweet book. Needs more substance. I like the book because I love horses and learning about natural horsemanship, but this books is overly sentimental about horses and gushy with dramatic stories of people with PTSD (largely) , while the most salient content was few and far between.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such an amazing, insightful read about the therapeutic benefits of horses. From those with PTSD, to troubled teens to anxiety disorders to autism, equine therapy has proven to be extremely beneficial.
Lynn Lidstone
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Tim Hayes is insightful and easy to read. I will read this again....and probably again.
May 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
meh. Just don't feel this lived up to the description.
Kim Ludeman
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book!

This book gave great case studies/ stories of how horses help heal the insides of humans! I love all the references for further insight and understanding.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great book about how horses change people lives, and how the horse help people get through tough time. It made me feel very warm inside.
Jeanne Chilson-Raza
Excellent book

This book was full of knowledge, examples, and lots of compassion. I would recommend everyone read this book!
Lot of references to verify information as well
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Always knew horses were special, but now understand, just a tiny bit, why they are therapeutic.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: equestrian
AWE, just loved everything about this book. Such important and relevant information.
Tracey Gemmell
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting read about the connections between humans in need and their equine friends. Probably more suited to the novice horseperson than those with more experience, but enjoyable for all.
Clare O'Beara
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this read about horses being used to help people with various issues and emotional problems.

The groups observed by the author include one which combines gentling wild mustangs so they can be sold as riding horses, with violent prisoners who want a chance at rehab. The prisoners in this case were a self-selecting group who passed behavioural tests before being let near the horses.

Other groups include those helping troubled young people to talk and grow confident; one where an autistic
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: misc-non-fic
Whether a horse person or not this book offers amazing insight to PTSD, autism, and many other sorts of human pain. Anyone who has spent time with horses and wondered how they seem to sink into your soul, I think that wonderer will go away with a new appreciation for that relationship as well as self insight. Instead of being disappointed at the reveal of the mystery behind what's happening between horses and young girls, the previously uncommunicative child with autism, the uncommunicative chil ...more
Jennifer  Weingardt
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazingly insightful. It really helped me understand the connection between human and horse. It also attempted to answer the age-old question of "Why do little girls love horses?" Now I understand why many of my girlfriends are 'horse crazy.' Although some of the material was repetitive, I realize sometimes that's how hard-headed humans need to learn important lessons. I now know how to approach a horse and form a good, long-lasting friendship. This book was a big help in my search ...more
Trina Knittle
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads-win
Goodreads win. Will read and review once received.

When I received this book and decided to sit down and read it I wasn't too sure what too expect. I wasn't sure if I would like this book or not. By the end of the book I found myself to have really liked this book and found my time reading this book to be quite enjoyable. I have always loved horses and loved the idea of how a horse can help heal a person. It is really sweet and something I hope more people may be able to experience in the future.
Marlaine Willms
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was interested in reading this book as my daughter always said she would work with therapy horses if she did not get into vet school. I did not even know this type of work existed! To read about the horses and how they can help people overcoming life's challenges was wonderful and inspiring! I learned so very much and was inspired by the experiences that were included in the book! I was lucky to be an early reader as I won a copy on the Goodreads site. It opened a window on one more way that n ...more
Susan Miller
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading the different stories of how horses have helped in varying situations. Horses are amazing at reading emotion that is locked inside of humans. The horses generally cut through the eminence front and get to the heart of the problem. If the human is willing to stand back and question why the horse is reacting to them in certain ways, the human can learn much from the wisdom of the horse. As a therapeutic riding instructor, I really enjoyed this book and the insights that Tim share ...more
Mary K Russell
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Power is Real

Tim Hayes uses multiple ways to show and convince us why and how the time spent with a horse can heal. This book is foundational in that he does our research for us, from ancient times until now, showing us that the horse has always been there, hoping for relationship instead of a violent and dominated usage. The possibilities are mind blowing, for we have just begun to see the benefits of the partnership the horse offers. Real healing happens in the presence of horses. Read thi
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I think horses have an amazing ability to heal but I had some pretty severe trouble with some of the generalizations the author made about horses. I own and care for a number of horses at my place and have been around horses all my life. I simply disagree with a number of his statements though it might be his over simplifications that are the problem with many of his statements. I never write reviews but I felt compelled to for this book and what I think are misleading inaccuracies.
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thouroughly enjoyed this book. I thought that it was well written and nicely put together. I enjoyed reading the healing stories of the people that were interviewed along with the author's personal accounts; it was all very interesting. In addition, the book also contained a lot of natural horsemanship theories and practices which were very interesting and I would love to delve into this further. I'll most likely re-read the book and get it for a few of my fellow equestrian friends!
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved the book, Riding Home: The Power of Horses to Heal. I only picked it up because of my daughter's love of horses. I honestly did not expect much of the book. To my surprise, I was hooked from the beginning. I learned so much about horses, that I contacted the local horse rescue to start volunteering there with my daughter.
Highly recommended.
5 plus stars.
Aimwell Creativeworks
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent source of information. As I have experienced healing with horses first hand and am a certified equine experiential learning practitioner I found this book both supportive and well researched. The magic of spending quality time with the horse as healer is special indeed and cannot be underestimated. Recommended reading for sure.
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Tim Hayes is an internationally recognized Natural Horsemanship Clinician. He conducts clinics throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Mexico He is a visiting instructor at The University of Connecticut & The University of Vermont Departments of Animal Science. He is a Contributing Expert Consultant & Columnist for: "Equus," "Equine Journal" and "Horse Directory" Magazines. He is also blo ...more

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