Horses are healing. Most people can say that about their pets, and it's completely true. The best form of therapy, in my non-expert opinion, is rest at home with a beloved pet nearby.
Horses can't exactly crawl into bed with you under the covers, but I'm sure they'd try if they could! So today I've brought you a couple of books about how horses can be therapeutic to the soul.
1. Riding Home: The Power of Horses to Heal by Tim Hayes
Equine therapy has long been a staple activity for special-needs children and adults, and its physical benefits are evident. In Riding Home, Horse Nation's must-read book of 2016, Tim Hayes uses his own vast experience working with horses combined with scientific research to show us how and why horses and our relationships with them are also able to heal our emotional and psychological wounds.
Riding Home provides riveting examples of how equine therapy has become one of today’s most effective, cutting-edge methods of healing where so often traditional therapy and prescription drugs have failed.
Hope . . . From the Heart of Horses explores and celebrates the relationship and bond possible between horses and humans. Each chapter offers a life lesson about trusting one’s instincts, honestly addressing emotions, achieving clarity in communications, and releasing negative thoughts. Because survival depends on being highly tuned to the thoughts and feelings of others, horses sense human intentions rather than what a person offers in facial expressions, which creates a remarkable effect on the relationship between these two distinctly different species.
In The Tao of Equus, author Linda Kohanov intertwines the story of how she awakened to the spiritual presence of horses with compelling mythology, research, and personal anecdotes. The result is an extraordinary story of healing and communication that turns our conventional understanding of these amazing creatures upside down. A horse trainer and equine-facilitated therapy practitioner, Kohanov first began exploring the horse human connection in the early 1990s. When her black mare, Rasa, became lame, Kohanov was plagued by a series of sinister dreams and premonitions. Finally, prompted by her dreams, she canceled a risky surgery to save Rasa's potential career in competitive riding.
You can pick all of these up on Amazon if you want to take a peek at how horses can improve our mental health, as well as our physical health!
I know I'll be needing it in this rough end of winter.
Photo by Linda Tanner on Flickr.