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?

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: 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

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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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

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

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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