Why Horses: Making it Safe to Show Up

Many people have good reason NOT to seek help. They may have experienced the world and relationships as unsafe places; or counselling as unhelpful, boring, and a waste time. We cannot even begin to help someone unless something motivates them to show up – both physically and emotionally – despite all the reasons not to. This article explores how and why horses are often that ‘something’.

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Why Horses: What Does the Research Say?

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

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Why Horses?

Why are so many of us drawn towards working, healing or simply just ‘being’ with these magnificent animals? This post introduces a new 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

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?

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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An Argument Against Animal Experimentation

This article was written by my 15 year old daughter and makes a number of important arguments relevant for any field that involves animals, including a discussion of the evidence supporting animal sentience.

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Slowing Down

Through a case study example learn how and why a slower approach to Equine Therapy makes space for deeper levels of learning – about horses and ourselves.

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Dancing With Skye

Working with a horse at liberty is a delicate and intricate dance. This article explores and applies lessons from this ‘dance’, including the importance of attachment, to human relationships including parenting.

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Four Legged Therapists

'Sam' is small for his eight years. His parents described him as a good student, outgoing with lots of friends; that was, until he moved schools last year. Since then his grades have plummeted, no friends come round for supper anymore, and Sam...

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The What, Why and Who of AAT?

(written for the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, March 2016) “You do what? ........ With who? …………… Why?” Twenty years ago, when I was first developing a practice in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW) I...

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