ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tim Hayes is a 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 lives with his fiancée Stephanie Lockhart and their horses in both New York and Vermont. To learn more, visit www.ridinghome.com and www.hayesisforhorses.com.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Men and women afflicted with severe emotional and physical damage are healing and recovering through equine therapy programs and the love that comes from growing close to a horse 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 healing and making dramatic recoveries by receiving the simple love, understanding and acceptance that comes from establishing a relationship with a horse. 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.
“Drawing on his lifetime of experiences with horses… Hayes examines the intricate connections between these four-legged creatures and humans... Hayes’ obvious love for all things equine is evident throughout... An educational analysis of the bonds between horses and humans and how they can 'bring feelings of self-awareness, joy, wonder, humility, and peace of mind.'”
DATE: Thursday, April 23rd at 7pm
LOCATION: Phoenix Books Essex
ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public. (phoenixbooksvt)