Archives for February, 2011

General

Can Equine Therapy Replace Traditional Therapy?

While equine therapy has been employed as a more inviting modality for those who are otherwise treatment resistant, can it really be a replacement for traditional talk therapy?

Certainly, with substance abuse cases, and with adolescents, practitioners have often relied on the addition of horses to elicit responses that would otherwise not be possible in human encounters. Horses are much less threatening than people, and simply being in their presence can result in a...
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General

Of Horse and Human: What’s Behind the Bond?

People, for centuries, have been drawn to horses. Their power, grace, and mystique has not escaped the attention of thousands who are otherwise unfamiliar, as horse racing, in particular, has consistently drawn national attention. Additionally, the development of our relationship with horses has symbolized many societal changes.

From the beginning, horses were used solely for work related tasks, such as plowing fields, transportation, and military conquests. At this time, little attention was paid to...
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General

Direction of Attunement in Equine Therapy

Horses have, for some time now, been showing promise as a complementary modality for humans experiencing psychological distress. As the unconscious guarding that is so typical of human interactions is absent from these horse-human relationships, people often develop an affinity and camaraderie with their equine partners.

Especially in the case of trauma, the hallmark neurobiological changes, such as increased excitatory neurochemicals, and exaggerated startle response, tend to obfuscate human social dynamics. As...
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Depression

Equine Therapy: Are Some Breeds Better Than Others?

When equine therapy first became popular as a therapeutic modality, it found it’s way into many addiction treatment centers. At the same point in time, the theory of dual diagnosis -- where addicts are understood to have a secondary diagnosis in addition to an addiction -- was also gaining ground.

As more and more sufferers of addiction were found to have experienced trauma that might be at the root of...
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General

Equine Therapy: What Every Client Needs To Know

While those familiar to horses may contend that equine therapy has been a long time coming, for people who consider spending time with horses a novel experience, it can seem as if horses have exploded onto the therapeutic scene.

To be sure, the partnering with horses in the pursuit of wellness has now expanded from treatment centers specializing in eating disorders, to addiction recovery centers, and now even “equestrian life coaching.”

Certainly the blossoming of...
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General

Equine Therapy: What Is It Good For?

While those familiar to horses would contend that horses, in general, are good for any type of person, therapists, for whom which equine therapy is a new, untested field, have not been so quick to jump on the bandwagon.

Many of the concerns expressed have surrounded the relative lack of evidence available indicating the efficacy of work with horses, but also, lack of clarity as to what particular diagnosis may be helped by equine...
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