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Archives for March, 2011


Do Horses Bond Like People Do?

Human attachments are a complex business. For one thing, when two people come together, they are often unaware of just what it is about one another that creates the attraction. On the other hand, when we are repelled by another person, identifying what about them bothers us is not the problem, yet why this behavior or characteristic infuriates us is quite another matter.

But in the world of psychology, categorizing attachments styles has shed...
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Can Equine Therapy Be Useful For Diagnosis?

One of the first things a therapist does when sitting with a client for the first time is attempt to assess the diagnostic impression of the client. However, with the multitude of problems that often present, and the nuances inevitably floating around the room, getting a clear clinical picture on the client can be quite challenging.
While the litany of inventories and questionnaires available to the therapist can be of some assistance,...
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New Developments in the Field of Equine Therapy

Recently, the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association,  (EFMHA), and the forerunner of equine related healing North American Riding for the Handicapped, (NARHA), joined forces.

Before equine facilitated mental health came along, equine therapy was known as riding for the handicapped. While this form of therapy was, and still is, quite valuable in reestablishing physical capacities for those with disabilities, the emotional and psychological functioning of these children (and...
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Theoretical Approaches in Equine Therapy

While separate and distinct theoretical approaches have been well recognized in traditional therapy settings for many years, equine therapy has been categorized as experiential from the beginning. Especially for those who are not familiar to the unique modality of healing horses can offer, it has been all too easy to simply place this form of therapy into the same category as rope courses, art therapy, and wilderness courses.

Yet, in classifying equine therapy...
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