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Children and Horses—An Alternative To The Internet

Throughout human history people have loved, owned, and ridden horses. Horses fascinate us; they silently speak to our hearts. However, in the last few years something new, and quite extraordinary, has been discovered about the ability of horses to help humans. It is most often referred to as Equine Therapy. Men, women, and children afflicted with severe emotional damage are…

Cross Training—Good For Humans, Good For Horses

  Courtesy of Tim Hayes In 1996 I participated in a natural horsemanship clinic given by the late Tom Dorrance. Even though he was a cowboy, well over half of his students rode English. Tom was a creator of miracles when it came to helping people with their horse problems (he called them “people problems”). His message was simple; “humans and horses…

Horses and Humans in Winter

©Fawna Start Winter can bring the doldrums even to our horses. In their natural environment, the air gets colder, the ground gets harder, food gets scarcer, and predators get hungrier. Like us, sometimes they just don’t have the same “spring” in their step. For humans living in many areas, the winter months can often bring “cabin fever.” With little or…

BE—DO—HAVE

Above: Tim “Being” in 1951.Below” Tim “Doing” in 1994.©Tim Hayes Collection In 1996 I participated in a three-day self-awareness workshop. It was enormously helpful and quite enlightening. One of many concepts I learned made a huge impact in my life—it was thousands of years old and it was called “BE-DO-HAVE”. It is a formula for achieving success in anything one…

Holidays and Horses

Courtesy of The Center For America’s Center First Horse It’s the holiday season: families, friends, eating, travel, reflection, spirituality, and gifts. Before running out to buy the new iPhone or that GAP gift certificate, I’d like to share some thoughts with all of us lucky enough to have a horse in our life. As the years go by I become…

Horses, Humans, and Healing

By Tim Hayes I am proud and deeply grateful to share with Equine Journal and it’s readers that after it’s first year as a best selling hardcover, St. Martin’s Press has just published the paperback edition of my book Riding Home – The Power of Horses To Heal with a Foreword by Robert Redford! After years of teaching the principals…

4 Reasons A Horse Says “No!”

  By Tim Hayes The most asked question in the equine world is, “Why does my horse sometimes refuse to do what I ask him to do?”  No matter what situation is occurring, the problem is always some form of horse resistance and the solution is always some form of human leadership. The horse is a prey animal—he is born hard-wired to…

Buying A Horse

By Tim Hayes Of all the major decisions people are faced with—getting married, having children, buying a house, buying a car, changing jobs or getting divorced—buying a horse, unless you are a professional horse trainer or have years of horsemanship experience, has the highest rate of poor choices and regrets. Unfortunately making a poor choice with a horse not only…

Getting Hurt By Gentle Horses

A gentle horse acting naturally.   By Tim Hayes If you’re alive, at some time in your life you will most likely get hurt. If you interact with horses consistently you are not only likely to get hurt, you are choosing to participate in an activity that can be life threatening. This is also true with skiing and many other…

How and Why Horses Help Our Children

Photo courtesy of Cher Feitelberg By Tim Hayes Throughout human history, people have loved owned, and ridden horses. Horses fascinate us; they silently speak to our hearts. However in the last few years, something new, and quite extraordinary, has been discovered about the ability of horses to help humans. It is most often referred to as equine therapy. Men, women, and…