Archives for September, 2011

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Equine Therapy: Lessons From The Herd

Introductions can be tough. Especially if you are a horse. For it is at this time that all things are sorted out. Between pinned ears, flashing heels, and high pitched squealing, questions like who is in charge, what the rules are, how will they be enforced, and what is to be expected, are answered in a rather final way. And once these things are settled, there is peace, once and for all.

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Equine Therapy: A Testimonial

For many people, horses, themselves, are a bit esoteric, and equine therapy is even more so. And for those of us who practice such an experiential modality, verbal explanations can sometimes be challenging.

Yet clearly for those who have been helped by way of the horse, equine therapy is a very powerful tool. In order to help demonstrate the efficacy of horses, from the perspective of a client, I have dedicated this blog to...
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The National Association for Equine Facilitated Wellness is Formed

With the focus of equine related wellness activities shifting from the traditional handicapped riding model to more of a holistically therapeutic approach, and the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association changing it’s name to the Professional association for Therapeutic Horsemanship, the face of equine therapy is changing.

More fledgling organizations are forming, increased amounts of research are being performed, and limits of what mental health gains can be achieved with horses are constantly...
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Is Equine Assisted Life Coaching Good For Equine Therapy?

For those of us in the mental health field, the term “life coach” is a bit bothersome. While Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Medical Doctors are all governed by overseeing regulatory agencies, Life Coaches are not.

So when horses are thrown into the mix, and a hybrid of equine therapy and life coaching emerges, calling itself “equine assisted life coaching” is this good for the field of equine therapy?
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Does Emotional Intelligence Cross Species?

According to Wikipedia, Emotional intelligence (EI) is an ability, skill or, in the case of the trait EI model, a self-perceived ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups. While much has now been written about emotional intelligence, Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, has been most closely associated with the term.

Goleman presents a model of EQ that defines...
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Equine Therapy on 9/11

If one thing is obvious on the ten year anniversary of 9/11, it is that the world has changed. Air travel takes longer, increased security procedures seem to pervade aspects of our lives we never thought they would, and we are still at war. But perhaps the most insidious effect of 9/11 is a pervasive mistrust that seems to underlie almost everything we do.

We simply don’t know what to expect anymore. It's not...
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Equine Therapy: The Horse Exhibit

While the relationship between horses and humans is one of public fascination and private intrigue, it is also something that evades easy description. Although many have tried to put words to the magical connection that can occur between an equine and his human, sometimes words are not enough. And for this reason, we often look to exhibits such as “The Horse” produced in partnership by the The Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of...
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