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?
Through a number of case studies we explore what horses have to teach us about being safe to talk to and how to build this into our parenting and other relationships
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.
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.
'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...
(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...
One of the most memorable lessons from my graduate studies was one of the simplest. I can clearly remember our professor taking a jug of orange juice and using it to fill a number of glasses. Before long the jug was empty and there was no juice left for...
This article exploring the links between animal abuse and human violence has been updated to link into updated literature reviews. Not an easy read, but an important one for anyone working with children or animals potentially at risk.
The research is clear: being and interacting positively with animals is good for us humans – physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially. As a part of our series, Why Horses, this article provides a brief overview of some of this human animal bond research.
I receive a huge volume of inquiries from people looking for trainers, practitioners and certification programs in the Equine Facilitated Wellness and Animal Assisted therapy field. How do you find a program that is physically and emotionally safe for all involved – two and four legged? In a largely unregulated field there are many different options and lots to think about – whether you are looking for a training program or a counsellor. This article explores these questions including a case study highlighting different approaches and a list of key questions to ask potential service providers.
Do you have questions about equine or animal assisted therapy? Wondering if it is the career for you? Not sure where to start, who to train with, or how to get certified? We have the answers to these and many other frequently asked questions within this series!