Equine Therapy: A New Years Challenge

For most people, New Years is about Resolutions. It is at this time that we take an inventory of the year past and begin to make determinations about where we would like to go and what we would like to accomplish in the next year. In this way, resolutions can be sort of like symbols of our ideal selves. This is how we would ideally like to be. Whether we will get there...


Equine Therapy: Embrace The Power Of Vulnerability

“We can’t know things like love and belonging and creativity and joy without vulnerability.” Brene Brown

What is Vulnerability?

Being able to relinquish the need for control, is at the heart of vulnerability. Four separate studies related to effectiveness with people from foreign cultures indicate “tolerance for uncertainty” as the most important component (Fox, 2003). Other qualities that emerged from the studies characterize vulnerability: “high openness”, “low ethnocentrism”, “high acculturation motivation”, “intercultural receptivity”, “low need...


Equine Therapy Book Review: UNBRIDLED SUCCESS

Equine Therapy Book Review:
UNBRIDLED SUCCESS 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...


Can A Horse Teach You To Face Your Fears?

Many people would agree not much can be more fear inducing than sitting atop a 1200 pound animal, with little more than two straps of leather attached to a small bar of metal in the horse’s mouth. No matter how you slice it, the horse clearly has the upper hand. Should he want to bolt, buck, rear, or spin and spill his rider, the horse most likely could quite easily. Combine all that...


Can Equine Therapy Improve Infant Attachment?

Attachment patterns can have a profound affect on a person’s sense of wellbeing, ability to modulate stress, and certainly relationships. When attachment is secure, an infant will demonstrate a significantly lower level of cortisol, lower heart rate responses, and increased levels of oxytocin around the primary caregiver, which translates to a feeling of trust for this caregiver, and is later generalized to a basic sense of trust in people. A secure attachment pattern...

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