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Who Am I?
Read this book to your child and help them appreciate all of who they are – and are becoming – as much as you do, while they enjoy photos of the horses of Healing Hooves who star in and inspire all the stories!
This is the first picture book in the Healing Hooves series and features the work of award winning photographer, Jeff McIntosh.
What Would Skye Say?
Read our brand new therapeutic story! This one is a little different as it’s a very real exploration of grief and the loss our precious herd leader Skye, from the perspective of his best friend Dubh and a Healing Hooves client who has asked that we share her and Dubh’s story. ‘Bella’ hopes that sharing this story will help others like her who are struggling with feelings of loss and overwhelm. Thank you Bella for your courage and grace in asking us to share this story!
Finnegan – preparing a horse for EFW takes time
What makes for a good EFW horse? What sort of training is required?
These are questions we explore at training workshops and this article provides an example of how a horse who initially did not seem suited to the work can – with time, support and choice – become a wonderful partner in this work.
‘Meet the Herd’ Colouring Pages and Book
Get to know the wonderful animals who live and work at Healing Hooves through our newest book which includes photos, descriptions, cartoon/ colouring pages and a fun quiz!
(Horse) Play in a Pandemic
Who has the time or energy to play right now? Our animals do, and they can help us out! We revisit here the importance of play – especially in the midst of a worldwide pandemic when play may be being squeezed out
Three Steps a Day
Join me in my commitment to talking three simple steps a day which will hopefully make life a little brighter during this difficult time. As always I’ll be turning to our animals as role models, guides and for some inspiration for putting this commitment into practice!
How do we hold on to those we love when we can’t be with them? This story explores themes of loss, missing, and frustration through a gentle story featuring the ponies of Healing Hooves. It is grounded in a six stage model for attachment developed by Dr. Gordon Neufeld and provides a great way to make space for the sadness of loss while holding on to those we love in deep and powerful ways.
Super Thor: Preview of our New Therapeutic Children’s Story
Sneak preview of our newest therapeutic story! Thor is sad when he can’t go out to eat spring grass with the bigger horses. But when Teddy calls him a crybaby, Thor decides he can be tough, like he thinks his ‘superhero’ name requires. Join Thor and his friends as they learn what being a superhero really means.
Horse Play – Part Two
This final article in our “Why Horses’ series continues the discussion on play, exploring two key benefits play can provide for our emotional health and well being, and three ways animals can help us find more true play in our lives and in the lives of those we care about.
Horse Play: part one!
As humans, and especially as adults, we may have lost sight of what ‘true’ play is and why it matters. Fortunately our animals remember. This two part article explores what we mean by true play, how it benefits us, and how our animals can help us find our way back to play.