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These books are recommended reading for anyone interested in Therapeutic Riding. If you'd like to order them, please click on the links which will take you to their descriptions and ordering information at With every order from this page, Great Strides will earn a commission from barnesandnoble, which will go to the support of the program.

Horse Sense and the Human Heart: What Horses Can Teach Us About Trust, Bonding, Creativity, and Spirituality

Review from Library Journal regarding "Horse Sense and the Human Heart"

Horses can teach us about trust and love and be part of a therapeutic healing process for troubled humans. The authors, both practicing psychotherapists, use horses in their treatment program with mentally disturbed patients, who often bond with their equine companions even when they are unable to relate to other people. The McCormicks explain how horses, quick to sense pretense, force people to rely on their instincts and to be honest with themselves. But riding is only a part of the authors' treatment program. Their clients establish close relationships with the animals by feeding and grooming them, cleaning their stalls and equipment, observing them at work and play, and learning about the long history of humanity's interaction with the horse. The healing process begins when clients learn to relate first to horses and then to their therapists. This is a fascinating book, though its appeal may be limited to those with an interest in psychotherapy or in the therapeutic use of animals. Recommended where interest warrants.Deborah Emerson, Monroe Community Coll. Lib., Rochester, N.Y.

Magic of Horses: Horses as Healers

Horse, the Handicapped, the Riding Team in a Therapeutic Riding Program:A Volunteer Training Manual

Rehabilitation with the Aid of a Horse: A Collection of Studies

Bibliography of the Federation of Riding for the Disabled International

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