The Perfect Pony

The Perfect Pony

Sneak peek at one of our most popular therapeutic stories! Pickle tries very hard to be a perfect pony but it never works out as he plans. Learn how Pickle, with some help from his four legged friends, discovers that he does not need to be perfect to be loved, and to belong.

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The Empty Water Trough

The Empty Water Trough

Sneak preview of our brand new Therapeutic story! Teased by another pony, Pickle questions why he often gets in such a pickle about things that feel scary. Is there something wrong with him? When the day arrives that the water trough he relies on is empty, Pickle panics. Join the ponies of Healing Hooves as they learn important life lessons about what to do – and perhaps not do – with big and scary feelings.

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The Stories behind the Stories

The Stories behind the Stories

Introducing a simple and effective way to help those you care about benefit from the human animal bond. Our new blog series explores how, why and when to select, read and draw upon therapeutic stories – either as a parent or grandparent with your own kids, or as part of a teaching or therapeutic practice.

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Top Ten Attachment Friendly Books for Children

Top Ten Attachment Friendly Books for Children

Reading stories together can be a wonderful ways to connect with our kids. It can also help us address areas of concern or need without overwhelming a child or triggering defenses. Th books on this list have been tried and tested at Healing Hooves and are both attachment friendly and simply great books which kids love!

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Top Ten Attachment Friendly Books for Parents

Top Ten Attachment Friendly Books for Parents

A key goal at Healing Hooves is to support parents in ways which are informed by attachment theory and, of course, by all we learn from and experience with our animals. We hope this list of our favourite parenting books helps!

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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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A Valuable Lesson from Star

A Valuable Lesson from Star

It’s minus 25 and blowing a gale when I take hay out to my cold furry herd one February morning. Most of my horses accept a hug or a pat from me as they get down to the serious business of breakfast. But as I near Star she flattens her ears back against...

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