Archives for July, 2011

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Equine Therapy For Weight Loss?

Although equine therapy has been used for a wide variety of psychological and behavioral conditions, and weight loss has been attacked from seemingly every possible angle, is it possible that working with horses can somehow hold benefit for those struggling with weight?

To be sure, losing weight is it’s own animal, and one that is not so easily tamed. Much of the reason for this is that it is a very complex psychological condition that is...
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Equine Therapy: Narha No More, Now PATH

The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, also known as NARHA, originally formed in 1969, is now the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.)

The association tagline is "Ensuring excellence and changing lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies," and is designed to reconstruct the now outdated NARHA model. Because equine therapy is such an evolving modality, there are now a myriad of ways in which horses can be helpful in the...
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Equine Therapy and Addictions

When thinking about addictions, some things are quite obvious, while others are much more disguised. Clearly, those with substance abuse issues of any kind are still subject to a healthy dose of social stigma. Often this desire to hide what is not considered acceptable by the masses is what fuels the emergence of a multitude of “exclusive” addiction centers.

For a sense of what these day spa like treatment centers look like, just google...
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The Four Agreements of Equine Therapy

When we enter the environment of any animal, we automatically enter an implicit agreement. We are subject to the expectations, perceptions and desires of that animal, and often, even without our full awareness of ever making such an agreement.

More often than not, we are too blinded by our own desires, perceptions and expectations for what should occur between the animal and ourselves to notice what it is the animal may bring to the...
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Equine Therapy: A Path To Authenticity

Certainly we all want to be more authentic -- that is to say what we mean and mean what we say. Further, although there a number of approaches, and no less written about becoming more authentic, there are not so many ways to understand how to feel authentic.

Enter equine therapy.  When working with horses, very little is communicated verbally, and instead the relationship with the horse is almost exclusively conducted through feel.

Because of this felt...
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