Archives for August, 2012

Depression

Equine Therapy: Mounted or Unmounted

For those unfamiliar with equine therapy, it seems the most common question is whether or not the horse is going to be ridden. Complicating this question is that for most people, the exposure to equine therapy has been that of therapeutic riding programs. Naturally then, when hearing the words “equine therapy,” the assumption is that the horse will be ridden.

In fact, the term equine therapy itself can be a bit misleading, as it...
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Depression

How Approachable Are You?

While conducting a group recently, I was struck by how tentative the members were when I asked the question, “How approachable do you think you are?”

Of course, I was asking the members to tell each other.

Resistance to authenticity is a natural effect of being human. We all engage in the habit of wanting to protect ourselves form the potential negative impact of THE TRUTH. Of course, the truth we are speaking of is...
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Depression

Equine Therapy: What To Ask Before Starting

Working with a 1,500 pound animal alone can be intimidating, but when equine therapy programs are as varied and sometimes loosely structured as they are today, the choice of just where to go to begin can also be quite overwhelming.

So what does the potential equine therapy client need to ask to make an informed choice about the right equine therapy program for him/her?

Well, as with anything that is active in nature and involves...
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Depression

Let Go and Hold On: Why Horses Spook and People Attack

Riding can teach a person many things. Proprioception, neuromuscular control and balance all are demanded when we sit on the back of a horse. But certainly there is a vibrant emotional contagion occurring separately between the horse and rider.

Shared between a rider and his/her horse is a communication that is exclusive to only them. While others can guess what a horse may be sensing or feeling, only his rider truly knows. And conversely,...
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Equine Therapy: Dressage in Perspective

With all of the media attention around Ann Romney’s horse Rafalca in the Olympic games, the equestrian sport of dressage has certainly been brought to the forefront; interesting many people who would otherwise have no idea what the oldest of all the equestrian divisions actually is.

However, I’m not so sure all the coverage is for one thing the most accurate, or for another, the most positive. While Stephen Colbert’s depiction of...
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