Hayes is for Horses

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…

The Horse—A Gift For All Seasons

Tim and his horse Austin 2015. Courtesy of Tim Hayes Collection. By Tim Hayes When I set out to write Riding Home ~ The Power of Horses to Heal I wanted to share the profound emotional healing one can experience from today’s equine therapy. I also wanted people to discover the joy, empowerment, and self-awareness they could receive by simply…

How Horses Heal Humans

Photo courtesy of Stephanie & Eliza Lockhart Collection 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…

Youth, Addiction, Horses, and Healing

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…

Why Groundwork is so Important

By Tim Hayes The Spanish Riding School in Vienna Austria is considered by most to be the finest school of riding and horsemanship in the world. To become a member, learn classical dressage and master the art of training the great white Lipizzaners is for many the highest honor a human can achieve in the world of the horse.  Whether or not…

Horses, Autism and Healing

By Tim Hayes When Rachel was seven; her mom, Lynn, took her to three different child therapists for what she called “traditional talk therapy.” Rachel hated it and, after a while, refused to go. Most of the time Rachel, was simply unable to sit still. Although there are no drugs that can cure autism, Rachel was periodically put on medications—including haloperidol,…