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Equine Interventions

An Opportunity to Make a Big Difference

I’ve voted for two wonderful equine-based charities today (29 February 2016) in the ITV-sponsored charity fund-raising competition called The People’s Projects. In each ITV region, a small number of grass-roots charities are competing for votes so that the one charity in each TV region with the most votes can secure £50,000 funding from a pool

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Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

Sweetheart and Sahera Chohan

I read a post on Facebook by Sahera Chohan who described the sense of acceptance and authenticity she felt from a horse called Sweetheart in Arizona, USA. Sahera had been saddened by a relationship break-up and Sweetheart helped Sahera deal with the grief. Sahera is pictured above with one of the horses in Arizona. Here’s

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Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

Finding the Golden Nugget

“When your emotional world is on fire and you have fallen into the ancient trance of shame, rage, and blame, return to the slowness, the vastness, and the erupting intelligence of your body.”Matt Licata. Everyone can have times like that. What I know about the horses is that they can help human clients find the

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Animal Magic

Fear and Trust

You can never rely on a horse that is educated by fear. There will always be something that he fears more than you. But, when he trusts you, he will ask you what to do when he is afraid.    Antoine du Pluvinel Antoine du Pluvinel was one of the earliest dressage trainers in seventeenth century France.

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Animal Magic

Binti Jua Gorilla

Some time ago, at Brookfields Zoo in Chicago, Illinois, USA, a serious accident occurred. Apparently a 3-year-old boy climbed a fence surrounding the gorilla enclosure but then fell over 20 feet onto a concrete surface. He was injured and knocked unconscious. After several gorillas approached the boy, there was concern that although some gorillas were

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Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

Feedback from the Horse

It can be so refreshing to receive communication from a horse – visual cues, closeness or distance, curiosity or disengagement. The worlds of psychology, neuroscience and neuro-liguistic programming (NLP) assert that emotions drive behaviour. So if a horse behaves in a particular way, I encourage the client to pause and breathe; to explore within their

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Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

What the Client Said

Here is an account of one client’s experience of equine-facilitated therapy, in their own words (straight from the horse’s mouth, you might say): I am reliably informed that horses mirror our internal emotions; so if we are not congruent with what we say and do, the horse will illustrate that in how they are with

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Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

Nurturing Received from Equine Companions

A client who came along for some equine-facilitated sessions this month (August 2015) has written this account of her experiences and kindly gave me permission to share it on my website. So here is a narrative from someone who found the experience profound and helpful, in their own words. “As someone who has experienced a

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Equine Interventions

A Very Big Cuddle

When doing some experiential work with our dear horse, Jazz, a client recently said that she got “a really big cuddle” from Jazz – which felt really special. The client had been suffering from a lot of work stress recently, along with some conflict within the team of managers that report to her. Although the

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Equine Interventions

An Exciting Fusion

I am so excited to be launching my equine-facilitated service. Last year, I had a moment where suddenly it all made sense to combine my therapeutic work with my passion for horses. Previously there had been a conflict: when I was working, I wasn’t with the horses; when I was with the horses, I wasn’t

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