Horses That Save Lives: True Stories of Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Rescue

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2009 - Pets - 161 pages
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There is no denying that the emotional bond between horses and the humans who love them can reach mystical proportions, and nowhere is that relationship more evident than in these twenty-four true-life accounts of horses rescuing people. Many of the stories recount incidents where death or physical injury was imminent and only because a horse intervened are the narrators alive to tell the tale. Other chapters describe that other plane of salvation where contact with a horse through ownership, employment, or a variety of therapeutic programs has restored mental health, peace of mind, and self-esteem.

Narrators include a seventeen-year-old Apache youth whom a horse-rescue project retrieved from drug abuse; a mother whose young son was about to be dragged to his death before the horse recognized the child's plight; a Vietnam veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder whose work with horses keeps him on an even keel; and the owner of a Miniature Horse that serves as a “seeing eye” guide animal.

As varied as the stories are, all share the same conclusion: “My horse saved my life.”
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Abu Khan by Donna Borba
18
Doc Smokey or Babe by Terry Armstrong
36
Freckles and Tom by Liz Kinkaid
56
Calm in the Presence of Danger by Terry Armstrong
69
Penny by Elaine Talley
82
Flicka Dina and a Mule Named Pinky by Don Dudley
95
Panda the Seeing Eye Horse by Ann Edie
102
A Cowhorse Wannabe by Suzen Jones
120
Frosted Cherokee by Cheryl Farrens
134
Rain by Kay Loy
151
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About the author (2009)

Cheryl Dudley is a freelance writer and former editor of the Appaloosa Horse Club's magazine. Her Legendary Appaloosa won the American Horse Publications' 2007 book award. She lives in Pullman, Washington.

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