Therapy for Horse & Human
Equine Assisted Therapy for You
At times it is necessary to step back from the intensity of our emotions, desire for fixed outcomes, and reaching preconceived 'goals.' Life is not a race, or a show arena. Much like an injured or broken-down horse, or a show-horse that sweats and trembles when it hears the sounds of show tack-and-gear being loaded, we sometimes find ourselves with head stretched forward, breathing quickly, and anticipating pain and stress at every turn. When this high-alert state of being is added to by a life-challenge such as a neurological condition or disability it has a long-term impact not only on emotional wellbeing, but physical health.
Time and again we have seen someone with stooped posture and bradykinesia (slowed, shuffling gait, common in Parkinson's) raise their head, straighten their back, and confidently walk out of the barn with their horse on a lead. Clients with multiple sclerosis find that both riding as well as caring for their horse (with moderation) improves their balance and helps overcome what is often cited as the most prevalent symptom associated with MS: severe depression. At a more basic yet essential level, caring for horses requires movement (excellent for improving balance, reducing spasticity, increasing range of motion) and being outdoors in some capacity. Increased vitamin D from being in sunshine is considered to be important for everyone—but particularly for those with MS or Parkinson's due to its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties—and the many benefits of being in natural settings have been a panacea and healer for mind and body since time immemorial.
If one shares ones life with a horse—or any animal—one is privileged. For clients who are seeking a stride in the right direction, both for themselves and their horses, Equine Assisted Therapy can be part of Comprehensive Therapy Programs or Mindful Mentoring. Support is provided within the scope of practice of yoga therapy and is based in the extensive mindfulness and awareness practices of yoga. We do not provide psychotherapy.
Therapy for Them
Horses are, quite simply, a force of nature. They are also empathetic creatures, comforting and steadfast when we most need it, yet also serving as a catalyst for stepping out of ourselves when we become too caught up in our worries and ruminations. With a background in equine and animal sciences, we have spent years training horses and dogs and worked extensively with them as a therapist, often finding that an animal's so-called problems resided in their human counterpart's expectations and behavior.
Any healing—be it physical or otherwise—happens at multiple levels: it includes both human and equine companion. After years of providing rehabilitation and manual therapy for horses in Kentucky, Colorado, Wisconsin and other states, we now offer therapy in-state only—in Bloomington Indiana and local area. We come to your location, avoiding stress and worry for all. A phone consultation is required before the first in-person session as this program requires a commitment in effort and time, emphasizing compassion to bring about positive change and healing in horse and human.
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We share the Earth with other sentient Beings.
While we are mere reflections in their eye,
they give us body, heart, and deep spirit.
Let us be thankful for our fellow Beings!