Book Club Aug. 6, 2017: 'Chosen by a Horse'

chosen by a horseThe next Paws & Effect Book Club selection is the 2007 best-selling memoir "Chosen by a Horse" by Susan Richards. The book tells the story of how Richards rescued a retired race horse named Lay Me Down. According to book jacket copy, "This gentle creature―malnourished, plagued by pneumonia and an eye infection―had endured a rough road, but somehow her heart was still open and generous. It seemed fated that she would come into Susan’s paddock and teach her how to embrace the joys of life despite the dangers of living."

Says Paws & Effect Executive Director Nicole Shumate: "Too often, we underestimate the power of the human-animal bond, brushing aside relationships that are available to us. We shy away from difficulty, from pain, from commitment and challenge. But there, in the times that seem most unbearable, we find the very things we seek: connection and love. In 'Chosen by a Horse,' we are offered the opportunity to follow the journey one woman makes when she accepts the inevitable hardships that come with sharing the pain of another, and to witness the outcomes that are possible."

In Central Iowa, the book club session will be moderated by Ashley Anderson, KPA-CTP, Paws & Effect's lead dog trainer.  With more than a decade of experience as an equestrienne, Ashley brings forward an understanding of the ways in which horses and dogs benefit from their relationships with their caretakers—and us from them.  More often than not, Ashley is chosen by a myriad of animals, each being escorted to their next loving home.

AUG. 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Barnes & Noble Shoppes At Three Fountains 4550 University Avenue West Des Moines, IA 50266

If sold out on the shelves, the book may be ordered via the store, or via the Barnes & Noble website here.

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In Western North Carolina, the book club session will be moderated by Susan Knapp, the founder and executive director of Heart of Horse Sense. Located on 110 acres in Marshall, North Carolina, Heart of Horse Sense is the charitable component of Horse Sense of the Carolinas, an internationally recognized leader in the field of Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning (EAPL). Susan brings a longstanding commitment for experiential learning which fosters life skills and character development. Heart of Horse Sense extends EAPL opportunities to children and veterans at no cost.

DATE & TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED Horse Sense of the Carolinas, Inc. 6919 Meadows Town Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753