Unexpected Healers is a compilation of true stories about six women (and one adorable child) and the horses who changed their lives. It's about the horse-human bond and how it opens doors to self-discovery, healing, and forgiveness. Each story invites you into the intimate details of how being in relationship with a horse fosters new levels of growth, learning, and self-understanding.
Part I tells the stories of female clients who participated in equine-assisted psychotherapy programs and the horses who played critical roles in their healing. Each of these clients struggled in traditional therapy, unable to undo the damage done in abusive relationships. You will feel as if you are standing at the window of their souls as you witness the courage it took for them to trust, to face their demons, to love, to leave, and to change. The way in which horses brought each of these women to a place of life-changing insights and the ability to start anew is truly awe-inspiring.
In Part II, the focus shifts to intimate stories of women and horses outside structured therapy. Experienced horsewomen and novices alike share their poignant memories of horses who taught them to see themselves and the world around them differently.
Finally, Part III is a collection of the author's own stories. As a way of thanking all the women who contributed to this book, she shares her most vulnerable and life-changing equine experiences. She brings the reader along on her journey of overcoming fear, self-doubt, and childhood trauma.
As you virtually walk alongside these women, you are bound to feel their struggles, accomplishments, and ultimately, their joy as they heal old wounds and find new ways of being. And without a doubt, you will be touched by the mastery of these horsesthe unexpected healers.