Archives for August, 2011

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Equine Therapy for Somatic Disorders?

Today, somatic disorders are readily affecting a significant percentage of the American population. The group of somatoform disorders have been called the most common psychiatric problems seen by general practice medical professionals.

(1) A large scale study of over one thousand patients examined by their general practitioners, reported that 16 percent of patients met the criteria for severe somatoform disorders, and 22 percent could be diagnosed with mild impairment. (1) More telling even was...
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Equine Therapy: 2011 PATH Conference

Now that the North American Handicapped Riding Association is now PATH, (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) they will be having their first annual conference. Hosted at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky, November 9-12, the conference blends educational lectures and expositions from a variety of equine therapy experts. Here is an excerpt from the PATH website:
“Targeted at the ever-growing group of professionals in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT), the 2011 Professional Association...
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Equine Therapy: No False Self

While the word “authentic” has been tossed around the self help channels as easily and loosely as the concept itself is purported to be, the world of equine therapy has not been an exception. Instead, horses are said to help people become more authentic, and indeed, true to themselves. Yet, becoming more real is something that people struggle mightily with. In fact, for many people the manufacturing and maintaining of a false self...
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Equine Therapy: Equine Dissociation

While the mysticism of horses seems lost on none, and yet, not entirely understood by even those who proclaim to be equine experts, one of the most touted benefits of our four legged friends is their unique ability to always be fully present. Indeed, horses appear to only live in the now. Yet, is this always the case? Do all horses live exclusively in the present moment?

Surprisingly, the answer to this...
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Equine Therapy: Bicameral Mind Meets Cameral Mind

“I think, therefore I am.” This quote is possibly one of the strongest arguments for human consciousness. Yet, in order to understand what consciousness really is, or how it separates us from other animal with which we inhabit the earth, we need to look to what it is we really think about, and further, just how these thoughts separate us from what is otherwise known as consciousness. Because the reality is, the two...
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A Treatment Plan in Equine Therapy?

While most traditional therapists become quite adept at sitting with a client, identifying a diagnosis, and formulating a treatment plan, working with a horse to achieve the same gains can present a problem when it comes to developing the needed treatment plan.

As equine therapy includes an animal, whose behavior is often unpredictable, and is, after all, an independent being who may or may not want any part of the desired therapeutic activities, designing...
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Equine Therapy or Natural Horsemanship?

“Press and release.” “Hands that close slowly and open quickly.” These are just of few of the sentiments uttered by the handful of natural horsemanship gurus that proliferate the equine world today. And as many of their techniques and theories have applications beyond simply training horses, they have easily filtered into the world the world of equine therapy.

Yet as they have those who focus exclusively on equine therapy have begun to...
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