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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Slowing Down

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

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

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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Ethics: Interests of the Four Legged Therapists

Ethics: Interests of the Four Legged Therapists

This is an old article (written in 2007) but the principals still apply.  If you visit us you will discover Skye, Dubh and Disa are much older now (30, 31 and 22) but still wonderfully active members of the Healing Hooves Herd! One of the most memorable lessons from...

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Why Horses: The Healing Power of Animals

Why Horses: The Healing Power of Animals

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.

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The Certification Conundrum – Equine and Animal Assisted Therapy

The Certification Conundrum – Equine and Animal Assisted Therapy

How do you find an equine or animal assisted therapy 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 or a treatment program. This article explores these questions including a case study and a list of key questions to ask potential service providers.

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