The author is the training director for National Homes for Heroes/Spirit Horse II equine therapeutic and healing riding programs. She developed EquiTherapy©™ and AquaTherapy©™ for her clients. These programs are taught with the therapists for the riders and/or the doctors and physical therapists for the riders.
Many of the riders are there just to ride. They are able-bodied and have had incredible terrors to overcome in their lives. Healing riding is described as being with your horse.
The author has many horse owners who donate their time and their animals to the programs so that should there be an emergency, there will not be a large number of animals without a place to be, or be cared for.
A Native American, the author was the first of her nation’s women to complete law school. A high fever disease caused brain injuries that caused eight years to pass for her to be able to walk and talk well enough to walk hot horses for her younger son who was becoming a horse trainer. Volunteering in equine therapy programs and in programs with psychiatrists and psychologists who worked with high-risk kids, she combined the two—with great results.
Following a shutdown due to cancer, the programs are now being restarted.
The author is a member of Horses4heroes, a national network of horse facilities that donate time to veterans and their families for a ride to help them heal and find a place of peace horsemen know is on a horse.
This book is donated to National Homes for Heroes/Spirit Horse II to raise funds for housing and new therapeutic riding programs for veterans and high-risk youths.