After a serious horseback riding accident, Wendy Beth Baker was advised by her doctors not to ride again. But instead of giving up the sport that she loved, Wendy returned to riding using methods she learned from the Lakota Indians. Healing Power of Horses weaves Wendy's story of her determination to ride again with the stories of 12 Lakota horsepeople who have been strengthened mentally and physically by their relationship with horses. Sure to inspire both riders and non-riders alike, Healing Power of Horses reveals an Indian wisdom that would benefit all of us. Full color photographs capture the warmth of the people, the beautiful horses and the magnificent Great Plains.

"Finally an author visits my reservation and writes about the beauty and not the ills of poverty. This is a glowing account of our beauty as individuals and as a people."

~ Russell Means, author, actor,artist, and activist

"A poignant and sensitive treatment of the healing power of horses and their importance to the Lakota. Big Foot Memorial Rider and Lakota horseman Birgil Kills Straight gives the work an 'A' and applauds the author's sensitive description of the land and the natural world."

~ Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, Ph.D., President/Director, The Takini Network


"The Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota is often viewed in terms of the social ills and historical trauma that plague many of its residents. In 'Healing Power of Horses,' Wendy Baker shows the proud strength of the Oglala Lakota people and their fierce ability to survive and thrive as an Indian tribe. I highly recommend this book."

~ Adrian C. Louis, author of "Skins"