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Equine Therapy: Know Your Horses

Equine Therapy: Know Your Horses





In the field of equine facilitated psychotherapy, there are many variable that can confound the process of attempting to work with horses in healing the ailments that people so often face. And while there are a multitude of resources on exercises to perform, or certifications to obtain, perhaps no one thing is as important as simply knowing the horse you are working with. I share this personal...
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Happy Memorial Day: Horses for Heroes

Happy Memorial Day: Horses for Heroes



In celebration of Memorial Day, and as a way to honor our soldiers, this blog is dedicated to the Horses for Heroes program. Horses for Heroes is a partnership program between various NARHA equine therapy programs and the Veterans Affairs department, to provide equine therapy services targeted toward the physical and psychological challenges that veterans face.
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Do Traumatized Horses Makes Good Therapy Horses?

Do Traumatized Horses Makes Good Therapy Horses?



Arriving at a prestigious mansion overlooking the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway, the Clinical Director quickly ushered me into her office, as I attempted to disguise my disbelief that this, of all places, housed some of humanity’s most psychologically challenged individuals.

“So,” she began slowly, “we have already purchased three horses for our equine therapy program.” She pointed out her sliding glass door at a small barn and...
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Equine Therapy: A Personal Experience, Part Five

This blog is the last in a series of an accounting of a personal experience with equine therapy, and is also an excerpt from my most recent book, ON THE BACK OF A HORSE: Harnessing the Healing Power of the Human-Equine Bond, now available on Amazon.
I slid off his back and as I hit the ground, my knees buckled, sending me right down to the ground, beneath Nimo. I just sat...
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Equine Therapy: A Personal Experience, Part Four

This blog is the fourth in a series describing a personal experience with equine therapy, as well as an excerpt from my most recent book, ON THE BACK OF A HORSE: Harnessing the Healing Power of the Human-Equine Bond, now available through Amazon.
His sides were tight with bound energy, and I squeezed harder than I should have. Often, the first steps forward will spook a young horse, too, as they feel...
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Equine Therapy: A Personal Experience, Part Three

This blog is the third in a series describing a personal accounting of a healing experience with a horse, and is also an excerpt from my most recent book, ON THE BACK OF A HORSE: Harnessing the Healing Power of the Human-Equine Bond, now available on Amazon.

As I slid the saddle onto his back, he reached back to nip at me as he always did.  He had worn the saddle many times before in...
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Equine Therapy: A Personal Experience, Part Two

This blog is the second in a series describing a personal accounting of a healing experience with a horse, and is also an excerpt from my most recent book, ON THE BACK OF A HORSE: Harnessing the Healing Power of the Human-Equine Bond, now available on Amazon.

Six hours old, and he thinks he owns the world. I quickly shooed him away, to let him know that charging people was not acceptable. Surprised as...
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Equine Therapy: A Personal Experience, Part One

As equine therapy is truly a modality that is best experienced, as opposed to described, sometimes it is helpful to share a personal accounting of a way in which a horse can help a human. Therefore, this blog post is actually an excerpt from my book, ON THE BACK OF A HORSE: Harnessing the Healing Power of the Human-Equine Bond. This is part one in a series:

My introduction to what equine facilitated psychotherapy really is...
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