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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Take Our Pony Personality Quiz – Which One Are YOU?

Take Our Pony Personality Quiz – Which One Are YOU?

Welcome to the Healing Hooves Pony Personality Quiz! This is a short, simple and fun quiz to help you determine which Healing Hooves Pony Personality you are the most like. Choose the answer (A, B, C or D) that fits you best for each question below.  If...

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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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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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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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