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Archives for March, 2012

Depression

Equine Therapy: In Universities?

The popularity of equine therapy has been increasing dramatically, and because of this, it has expanded into many different settings. Equine therapy can now be found as part of veteran rehabilitation programs, outpatient therapy offered to children with developmental disorders as part of a hospital’s treatment model, and even surprisingly, part of the required curriculum for Stanford Medical students.

As this expansive development has occurred, many in the psychotherapeutic field have also wondered where...
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Equine Therapy

Equine Therapy: The I and Thou of Riding

Riding a horse for many may be a very rare occasion. For others, it may be rather frightening. And for some people, it may transcend the typical interpretations of the horse and human relationship.

In any given relationship, 90 percent of what is really happening is going on under the surface, and for the most part, undetected. As we listen to the words a person speaks, and do our best to...
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Equine Therapy: Human-Animal Bonds

A study recently conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association found that 74 percent of dog owners, 60 percent of cat owners, and 45 percent of bird owners considered their pet as a child or family member.

Sixty two percent of cat and dog owners said their pet helped them relax and relieved stress. Fifty-nine percent of dog owners and 37 percent of cat owners thought their pets were not only good...
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Equine Therapy: Horses and Oxytocin

The other day, a client in my office brought up an interesting issue. From the time she was young, she recalls being a “dog person,” always finding great joy and comfort in their presence. However, recently, she has noticed that the mere sight of dog hair in her house can send her into a fit.

After assessing and ruling out an OCD diagnosis, and looking back into her history to determine exactly when...
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Equine Therapy: Authenticity

If you ask most people if they want to feel more connected to those around them, the answer if “yes.” However, if you then ask these same people just how to feel more connected, the answer doesn’t come so easily.

Luckily, there are researchers who devote their entire careers to answering this question. One of them is Dr. Brene Brown, the author of, “The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go Of Who You...
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Equine Therapy: A Lesson Society Can Learn From The Herd

The following is an example of equine herd dynamics, but is also a beautiful demonstration of the ways societies can work:

“Keeper!” I braced my weight against my stirrups and pulled hard on the reins. Keeper’s head was halfway down, trying to get it between his knees. I couldn’t let him -- it would be all over from there.

“Come on!” I cranked the left rein back, and stepped harder in the left...
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Equine Therapy: Improving the Horse Industry

According to Greenhorn Horse Facts, “As of December 2007, approximately 45,000 horses had been shipped to Mexico, compared to the 11,000 shipped in 2006. That’s a 310% increase in the number of horses shipped to Mexico to be slaughtered for human consumption.

"The sad thing is that, not all of the horses are just old, sick or un-manageable horses. A lot of them are PMU horses and Nurse mare foals. Some...
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Equine Therapy: Learning Empathy from a Horse

While those in the world of mindfulness may be well aware that empathy toward others is a recipe for a feeling of wellbeing within oneself, for many people, just how to increase a sense of empathy can be a challenging subject.

Many people struggle with feeling empathetic towad others. To be sure, when empathy isn’t expressed, it isn’t gained either. So if this is the case, how does one go about increasing...
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