Ride It Out: Healing the Wounds of Warriors Through the Energetic Connection with Horses Paperback – August 15, 2019
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- Publisher : Rolling Horse Ranch (August 15, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 120 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1733833609
- ISBN-13 : 978-1733833608
- Item Weight : 5.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.28 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After reading this book I understand how this kind of thoughtfully developed, evidence based model is able to achieve so much in only eight weeks.
I especially appreciate that each veteran has to learn and experience specific kinds of awareness, connection, and accomplishment with his or her horse before they are able to move on to the next level. All of these stages are thoroughly described and explained. Each is part of the foundation of Dr. Gehrke's work, the "open heartedness" she teaches between horse and veteran. She offers individual stories and examples so the reader learns how those stages might be described in the words of an individual veteran.
The veterans form a group that goes through the eight week program together. Each weekly meeting includes specific self-assessment questions and opportunities for discussion. We learn about that group experience from Dr. Gehrke, the wranglers, and the veterans. The quotes from veterans are generous, as they describe the changes they see in themselves, their lives, their ways of being in the world. How powerfully they've been affected by an intimate and growing relationship with an individual horse, a horse they come to feel is theirs during this program.
Dr. Gehrke is also clear about how carefully the veterans are taught and accompanied on this journey. Each vet has their own personal "wrangler;" and there is a therapist close by in case that's needed.
I only wish all our veterans had access to a program like "Heart of Horsemanship."
By G. B. on August 15, 2019