Book Giveaway! “Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See”

Today I’m excited to host a book giveaway for the new book, Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See!

At the end of last year I was included in a group of folk who got to read the “galley” version of the book and contribute an endorsement and any suggestions. It was a nice welcome activity because I was so nauseous at the time in my pregnancy. But because it was half a year ago, and I was nauseous, I don’t remember enough to do a full book review, lol. So I’ll keep this rather short!

About the Book

From the back cover:

Joey needed a second chance.
The ranch needed a miracle.

With her fledgling horse ranch, Hope Reins, in dire financial trouble, the last thing Kim Tschirret needed was one more problem. But when she met Joey, a former prizewinning jumper who had been abandoned, neglected, and malnourished to the point of blindness, she saw in him the same God-given potential she saw in every abused and abandoned child her ministry was created to serve.

So, despite the challenges that would come with caring for a blind and wounded horse, Kim took a leap of faith and brought Joey home to Hope Reins.

But as Joey struggled to adapt to his new surroundings, trainers, and pasture-mate, the staff’s confidence began to falter. Could Joey learn to trust again―to connect with the children who needed him so badly? What if they couldn’t take care of Joey? And how much longer could they afford to try?

A heartwarming story of loyalty, friendship, and healing, Joey is a profound testament to the power of blind faith.

The trailer: (because apparently books have that sort of thing now)

My Review:

In a nutshell, the book is about a blind therapeutic riding horse named Joey, the program director whose faith is greatly affected by him, and a few key volunteers and riders whose lives he changes.

This was the endorsement I sent them, though I’m not sure what they did with it because it’s not in the book, lol:

“As a believer and a Therapeutic Riding Instructor, it is wonderful to read a book about equine assisted activities from the perspective that it is God using horses to help people. This story is an encouragement to directors, instructors, volunteers, and horse enthusiasts alike in how success comes from God’s grace, the support of people He builds up around you, and the amazing horses he brings to a program. Joey was a delight to read – well-paced and absorbing. I’d definitely recommend it!”

It was a really enjoyable book to read. Both people involved in therapeutic riding and those unfamiliar with it would like it – I’m definitely giving a copy to my mom!

It’s definitely a faith-based book printed by a faith-based publisher. Whether you believe in God or not, I think you’d enjoy the book – just do know that a huge part of the story is how the horse affects peoples’ faith.

If you want more reviews on the book, check out its page on GoodReads and Amazon.

Buy the Book:

Enter the Giveaway to win a Free Copy!

I’m giving away *5* free copies of this book! It’s the soft cover version with a cute horse toy attached, as seen above.

You can win one by doing BOTH of TWO things:

  1. Leave a comment on this page (I’d love to hear your own experience with blind therapy horses, or you can just say hi!)
  2. Sign up using the form below

If you’re reading this in an email you will have to go to the blog itself to enter! Click here to go now.

Entries are open through Tuesday night 6/26/18. The winner will be drawn and contacted on the day after. Unless I have a baby. Then it might take longer.

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Good luck!!!

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Note: This is not professional advice, this is a blog. I am not liable for what you do with or how you use this information. The activities explained in this blog may not be fit for every rider, riding instructor, or riding center depending on their current condition and resources. Use your best personal judgement! If you would like to contribute an activity or article, please contact me here, I would love to hear from you!

18 thoughts on “Book Giveaway! “Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See”

  1. I’ve only interacted with half blind horses so far, and it’s very interesting to watch the process of assimilation … from both sides. I look forward to reading this book, and thanks for a chance at your giveaway,

  2. Would love a copy of this book! I have had experience with blind riders and horses with partial vision impairment, but not a completely blind horse.
    I am assuming the 5/26 deadline mentioned was meant to be 6/26?

  3. I would love to read this book! I haven’t personally worked with a blind horse, I work as an instructor in Vancouver Canada for a therapeutic riding society STARS.
    What I can appreciate about this horse would be their wonderful gift of teaching a child how to use all their other senses. To learn to feel more, sense more, hear/listen more.
    Wonderful!
    Please add me into the draw!
    Love your website!
    Penelope

  4. Hi I love your blog and I’m hoping to someday have a therapeutic riding program. I have never had experience with a blind therapy horse though.Thank you for what you do.

  5. I truly believe that God can use any avenue to touch and heal the broken. This book sounds like a perfect example of humans and a horse healing together. I’d love to win this, but I pray that whoever gets it is touched and changed in a positive way.

  6. We had Nibbles, a blind therapy horse fir many years here at LoveWay.
    Students were both concerned, wanting to help make sure Nibbles did not accidentally run into something, but also could relate to a horse with “special needs.”

  7. Hi! Have no experience with blind therapy horses but story is a metaphor for the miracles that can occur when you believe in someone with your whole heart.

  8. We had a half blind horse at STAR Equestrian Center in MD. We also had a blind rider who was profoundly mentally challenged. Our half blind horse fit in very well and was excellent with any rider we put on him.

  9. I have worked with several blind riders, but only with partially sight impaired horses. I would love a copy of this book!

  10. I have a appy that’s blind in one eye, she’s used in my Therapeutic riding here in Arkansas. I’m a PATH Intl registered Instructor. My therapy herd is small, 5 horses that make a difference.

  11. I’ve never thought about it from the perspective of a horse also needing adaptations and benefiting potentially from a therapeutic human interaction. How cool would it be seeing horses AND humans needing therapeutic riding healing together.

  12. Thanks for all the great ideas! I am a PATH Intl and CHA-IRD certified TR instructor. Have worked with partially blind horses. One in particularly, Starlight, was an amazing TR horse who taught many, many people to ride. Love Lessons in TR!

  13. Please enter me in the drawing for the book. No experience with a blind horse. I’m a PATH Intl. instructor in Idaho and use your activity book Thanks!

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