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By Tim Hayes
Twenty years ago, as I began to gather research that would eventually form the basis of my book, Riding Home—The Power of Horses to Heal, I had my first eyewitness exposure to the psychological impact a horse can have on a human. It occurred when I was invited to observe a unique equine program at a high-end health spa outside of Tucson, Arizona. It's called Miraval, and then as well as today, it offers what it calls the Equine Experience, created and led by a brilliant therapist and horseman named Wyatt Webb.
Unlike other equine health spa programs which focus chiefly on horseback riding, the Equine Experience offers what it says is “a program designed to help participants challenge learned behaviors, correct false beliefs, and rediscover one’s authentic self.”
Equine Journal, the Northeast’s premier all-breed, all-discipline equestrian magazine, celebrates this holiday season with their 12 Days of Christmas contest. Entering is simple—all you have to do is click on the “12 Days of Christmas” link below or visit our contest page, choose the day you would like to enter and complete the form and click “Enter Now”. One random winner will be selected for each of the 12 days. The prizes will get bigger and better every day, with our grand prize featured on December 12. You can enter multiple times, so be sure to log in every day.
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Mackenzie Drazan, of Woodside, CA, took center stage after winning the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHF) Jumper Classic West Coast Final at the Las Vegas National Horse Show. This marks the fourth year that the SJHF Jumper Classic Series has held a West Coast Championship Final in addition to its traditional Final at the National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky. The Las Vegas National Horse Show took place November 10-15 at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center in Las Vegas and featured some of the world's top riders and horses.
As the most anxious of amateurs know (and I know you’re all out there), sometimes sitting on the sidelines is better than hopping on at a show. Sure, my wallet doesn’t disagree to sit shows out, but it can be a tough situation to come to terms with.
I went to a good number of horse shows this past summer, and only rode in one of them. That doesn’t mean I didn’t have a total blast, though. For me and my overthinking-at-the-speed-of-sound brain, grooming for a friend or tagging along as moral support is just as satisfying as when I’m in the irons myself.
by Tim Hayes
Sam Butler was born and grew up in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. His mother and father got divorced when he was seven, so every week Sam traveled back and forth to live with both parents. He was the youngest of four boys and in trouble almost from the beginning, getting kicked out of third grade for refusing to do his homework. He started using cocaine at twelve, dropped out of the eighth grade, and was sent by his parents to a military academy for troubled teens in the United States.