Literature

Equestrian Therapist Visits Page 1 Books

Patricia J. Conoway, equestrian and former advertising agency manager, will be at Page One Books at 3pm on Sunday, March 6, to talk about and sign her non-fiction book, Listening With My Eyes: An Abused Horse. A Mother With Alzheimer's. The Journey To Help Them Both.

The book is described as such: "Understanding non-verbal communication taught by a horse, Patricia Conoway has created a breakthrough guide to help caregivers connect with their loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. She takes us on her journey with her mother Kay who's in the late stages of Alzheimer's, dependent on others for her most basic needs, and no longer able to communicate verbally, when her horse, Dream enters Patricia's life. Dream had been severely abused by a previous owner, and where others would have given up, Patricia was determined to heal her. In this book, Patricia describes her dual struggles with her mother's steady decline and persistent issues with care facilities while she's going through the slow process of learning her horse's body language. Eventually Dream teaches Patricia communication by 'watching and listening' with her senses, which she translates to non-verbal 'conversations' with her mother. Patricia's straightforward account of her own frailties, doubts and eventual success should be recommended reading for anyone who struggles to relate to a person who has lost verbal communication."

Conoway was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and spent 15 years in corporate America in the advertising business (including five years in Australia). She bought her first horse in 1999, and six months later had to place both parents in assisted care. She has a BA in Psychology from Indiana University of PA, and a MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is a volunteer with The Horse Shelter, Therapeutic Riding and COLTPAC (citizens advisory board for Board of County Commissioners). She has lived in Santa Fe since 1993.