"With hearts and minds open, we can learn from the wild and domesticated horses in this wonderful book."
--Joe Camp, author of The Soul of the Horse and creator of the films starring the canine superstar Benji
"This collection of stories will remind anyone who has ever had a horse as a best friend,confidante, and soul mate of what a special gift that can be."
--Carson Kressley, Emmy Award-winning TV host, equestrian, designer, and author of Off
"You don't need to be an avid equestrian like me to truly enjoy this book, as the stories resonate with a spirit of hope and harmony that is shared by all creatures great and small."
--Alison Eastwood, actress, director, and producer (Clint Eastwood’s daughter)
"Through their courage, sensitivity, and kindness, the horses in this book become our inspiration and guides."
--Michael Mountain, former president of Best Friends Animal Society
About Horses with a Mission
With twenty-one dramatic true stories of courageous,
loyal, and loving horses who found their life's purpose, this book reveals the
wonders possible when both humans and horses are encouraged and allowed to
follow their best instincts.
If you’ve ever thought that horses only display
abilities on racetracks, in riding stables, in beer commercials, or in movies,
you’re missing out on their ever-expanding services as sentient partners and
This book introduces horses who aid in therapy
sessions, give riders with disabilities freedom and mobility, heal childhood
abuse, save lives, help people fulfill dreams, and bring messages of hope and
unconditional love to those who need them the most.
The heroic equines you will meet include:
Molly, a three-legged pony and survivor of Hurricane Katrina, who had
her story go viral on the Internet, land in the New York Times, and
featured on CBS evening News. After her loss of a leg, surgery, and a
prosthetic device, Molly inspired the people of New Orleans and admirers around
the world. Now she visits children’s hospitals, nursing homes, and other places
to spread her message of hope and recovery.
Sankofa, a wise-beyond-his-years Arabian stallion, made it
possible for social studies teacher Miles J. Dean to complete a cross-country
journey in tribute to African American ancestors. Dean’s goal was to heighten
awareness about Black Cowboys and the contributions of African Americans.
Millions of adults and school children followed their odyssey as Dean and
Sankofa made history come alive.
Viola, a Norwegian Fjord horse who
was imported from Norway to become a broodmare in upstate New York, eventually
made her way to Tanya Welsch and MN LINC (Minnesota Linking Individuals,
Nature, and Critters). Viola put her mothering skills to excellent use as a
co-therapist in the animal-and-nature-facilitated psychotherapy, learning, and
wellness program for youth and families. With her innate maternal wisdom, Viola
is incredibly intuitive and nurturing, especially with at-risk youth.
Diana, wild mustang and lead mare
of the rare Gila, Arizona herd of wild horses, protected her herd, teaching the
great lesson of forgiveness. Her rescuer Karen Sussman documents the plight of
wild horses who faced elimination until they found refuge on a ranch in the
Badlands on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.
Butch, a retired gelding, who
showed such an unswerving belief in a profoundly mentally retarded girl that he
restored a mother's hopes for her child's future.
Horses with a Mission:
Extraordinary True Stories of Equine Service
By Allen and Linda Anderson
September 22, 2009 · Animals · Trade Paper
$14.95 · 186 page · B&W Photos Throughout · ISBN: 978-1-57731-648-0
Horses with a Mission is
also available at Amazon.com, Borders.com, bn.com, and other chain, online, and
independent bookstores nationwide.