One (Horse) Step Removed: The Gentle Power of Being Indirect

One (Horse) Step Removed: The Gentle Power of Being Indirect

“Why won’t she share this with us?”“How can I get him to tell me what he’s feeling?”“I just don’t know what I’m feeling.”I hear these concerns regularly in my practice from parents, from spouses, from people seeking support for themselves.  It seems to be...

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Attachment Theory

Attachment Theory

This explanation and review of attachment theory explains a key aspect of the theory underpinning the approach followed at Healing Hooves. It is a good read for anyone interested in attachment theory, whether as a part of an equine therapy approach or elsewhere.

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Why Horses: Relatable Role Models

Why Horses: Relatable Role Models

Close enough to be relatable, yet distinct enough to show us a different option. Through a real life example, learn how horses can be powerful role models and teachers, inviting us to a place of emotional congruence and well being.

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Horse Lessons: Animals and Psychoeducation

Horse Lessons: Animals and Psychoeducation

“All I need to know, I learned from my horse …” Explore how and why to draw on the human animal bond to create psychoeducation opportunities, both within an animal assisted therapy program and at home.

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Why Horses: All We Have in Common – and Not

Why Horses: All We Have in Common – and Not

We share much in common with horses and other mammals – including many of our emotions. Read how these similarities – as well as the ways we differ – can be drawn upon to both enhance the effectiveness of counselling and wellness approaches, and to explain why so many of us find it healing to simply have animals in our life.

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Why Horses: Making it Safe to Show Up

Why Horses: Making it Safe to Show Up

Many of us have good reason NOT to seek help; to say “I’m fine’ when we’re not. We may have experienced relationships and the helping professions as unsafe. But we can’t even begin to seek and receive, or provide, help or support unless something provides the motivation and safety needed to show up – both physically and emotionally – and trust someone, despite all the reasons not to. This article explores how and why horses are often that ‘something’.

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Why Horses: Understanding the Research

Why Horses: Understanding the Research

The benefits to humans of being with and around animals are well documented and supported by research. This article explores three key explanations for this: The Biophilia Hypothesis, the Social Lubricant Effect, and the Person Centred Conditions of Congruence, Unconditional Positive Regard and Empathy.

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Why Horses (or dogs, or cats …)?

Why Horses (or dogs, or cats …)?

Why are so many of us drawn towards working, healing or simply just ‘being’ with these magnificent animals? This post introduces a newly updated series within which we will aim to shed light on that age old question: Why Horses?

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Life Lessons from a Border Collie: E-Motion Needs to Move

Life Lessons from a Border Collie: E-Motion Needs to Move

Our border collie has strong instincts to chase horses – which gets her in to trouble and creates frustration. Finding insight based solutions to help Maggie express her emotions safely provides parallels and learnings to other contexts – including parenting and self expression.

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Is ‘No Fear’ a Good Thing?

Is ‘No Fear’ a Good Thing?

Alarm – or fear – is an emotion experienced by all mammals, including us. It is not an enemy or nuisance factor to be eliminated; it is there to keep us safe. By watching how animals respond when alarmed can we humans find our way back to a healthier response?

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