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Archives for November, 2011

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Equine Therapy: Three Ways To Boost Your Mood

With the holidays progressing rapidly, and the state of the economy on a fast decline, finding ways to improve mood is now more important than ever. However, as with most things, when they are needed most, is also when they are hardest to attain -- think the ones who are hardest to love and how they need it the most. And while the truth is that being around horses will certainly not stop...
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Equine Therapy: A Cure For Affluenza?

As sinuous advertisers and marketing consultants cleverly concoct strategies encouraging the masses to flock to their perspective stores in droves and spend unheard of amounts of money, merge with consumers unabated appetites for the latest and greatest gadget, device or fashionable gift, the result is a prime example of what authors, John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor and David Horsey so sagaciously dubbed “Affluenza.”

As the title of their book...
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Equine Therapy: An Open Letter

People have always been fascinated with horses. From mankind’s first experiences with them, either through the parochial methods made timeless by the Spaniards (and later the Spanish riding school), or through the natural horsemanship techniques first mastered by Native Americans, horses have represented a power greater than man.

For centuries (and many would argue still today), horses were associated with wealth, and the pillaging of towns and villages frequently included the theft...
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Among The Herd

While many of us are familiar with the organizational dynamics of a group of like minded people, and the concept of a herd of animals, the psychological benefits of existing among a herd are much less understood. For this reason, this post is dedicated to examining this very concept. The following is an excerpt from the book, ON THE BACK OF A HORSE: Harnessing the healing Power of the...
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Equine Therapy: Where Does The Rage Go?

In thinking about the ways in which horses respond to borderlines, I thought I'd include this excerpt from my book, On The Back Of The Horse: Harnessing the Healing Power of the Human-Equine Bond:

“Where does your rage go?’ Dr. Heidel sat back in his chair and adjusted his tie. The cookie that had been “tempting him all day,” now tempted me. Anything to avoid answering that question. 

It took him eleven minutes to...
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Equine Therapy: The Gestalt Approach

For most people, the practice of equine therapy itself is completely foreign, let alone a gestalt approach. Even those in the field of equine therapy may be unfamiliar with this unique way of utilizing the energy and space shared between horses and human. Yet, there is one such organization that specializes in just that.

The Gestalt Equine Institution in Colorado, founded in 1969, not only has been around much longer than many of it’s...
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Equine Therapy: Biphasic Personality

Personality is one of the most common recipients of a multitude of behavioral attributions. More often then not, when the actions of another defy understanding, it is the “type of person that he/she is” that becomes the reasoning for these otherwise incomprehensible features of a person.  We even have specialized segments of personality that characterize behavior that exists outside of the “normal spectrum”of behavior. Some examples of this are “addictive personality,” “abusive personality”...
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