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Equine Therapy Book Review: UNBRIDLED SUCCESS

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What used to be a relatively young market of equine therapy, equine experiential learning and self growth through horses, now seems to have no shortage of books centering around the ways in which we can learn through experiences with horses.

Yet the concept of just how is it that horses can teach humans — largely analytical creatures — is challenging to explain especially to a reader with little to no horse experience. Certainly, the process takes some imagination.

However, Julia Felton, whose extensive experience came first through the corporate world, understands the just how obscure equine therapy can sound to those who typically wrap their heads around tangible, measurable concepts.

In her new book, Unbridled Success: How the secret lives of horses can impact your leadership, teamwork and communication skills, Felton begins with a clear analysis of just what experiential learning is, and using tables, charts and bullet points when necessary, outlines the different types of experiential learning, and the ways in which experiential learning happens on a daily basis.

Then, with workman-like precision, Felton takes the reader through the same overview of leadership, explaining both the different types of leadership models and the five practices of exemplary leaders.

The next several chapters explore the meat and bones of equine therapy, and using case studies and examples from her many years of practice operating, Unbridled Success workshops in her native United Kingdom, Felton illuminates in conversational like fashion the concepts of authenticity, body language, connection, intuition, herd dynamics, boundaries, energy, and presence.

After fully familiarizing the reader with the equine therapy model, Felton then challenges us in her last chapter, to be different, and makes a solid argument for game training through equine therapy and equine therapy efficacy in the corporate world.

While Unbridled Success may challenge the reader to be different, the book itself is set apart from the array of equine therapy books currently available. Both in it’s easy to read style — you feel as if Felton is speaking to you — and its comprehensive review of experiential learning and equine therapy, Unbridled Success promises to truly bring the reader into the often vague world of horses and horse healing.

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Equine Therapy Book Review: UNBRIDLED SUCCESS

Claire Dorotik-Nana, LMFT

Claire Dorotik-Nana LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in post-traumatic growth, leveraging adversity, and other epic human achievements. Claire has written multiple continuing education courses for Professional Development Resources, Zur Institute, and International Sport Science Association. Claire has also authored multiple books, including:
Leverage: The Science of Turning Setbacks into Springboards and On The Back Of A Horse: Harnessing The Healing Power Of The Human-Equine Bond. For more information about Leveraging Adversity or Claire, visit

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Dorotik-Nana, C. (2012). Equine Therapy Book Review: UNBRIDLED SUCCESS. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 6, 2020, from


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