An unexpected relationship break-up can affect us deeply. Relationship problems are one of the biggest triggers for clients coming to see me for counselling. It can be a really upsetting time, dealing with the loss of the relationship and missing the person who has ended it. However, there can be light at the end of
Whatever happens in an equine session will be determined in what occurs between the client and the horse(s). Usually there is some insight on how the client manages their relationship: how open the client is, who is in control of the relationship, who gives and who takes. Horses can be really good at showing these
Equine sessions with the horses can really help people regain that sense of being connected (rather than feeling lonely). People can develop this sense of isolation for many reasons: bereavement, relationship break-up, family problems, abandonment by parents, being adopted and unsure of their family of origin, social exclusion because of mental health problems, unemployment or being homeless.
This feedback arrived spontaneously the day after a counselling client completed their sessions. (Their words are being posted anonymously for ethical reasons of confidentiality.) “I just wanted to send a quick e~mail to thank you for your help the last three weeks, you have given me some good strategies to help me cope which has
Horses are wonderful beings when it comes to reading the energy and intention from humans. That makes sense, because horses were originally herd animals, prey to predators. Since then, horses have developed a relationship with humans for thousands of years. I recently received a testimonial from a recent client (who shall remain anonymous, for reasons
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
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
“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
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.
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