Horses that heal: how equine therapy is helping people find peace of mind

Sarah Smith found she was better able to deal with problems of self-esteem, confidence and trust stemming from a traumatic history of abuse after attending the Ortega Equestrian Centre. Photograph: Joshua Thaisen.

Horses make great companions for psychotherapy because they can mirror and respond to human behavior. And crucially, ‘there’s no judgment with a horse’ Cross-posted from The Guardian By JOSHUA THAISEN It’s Saturday night in downtown Long Beach, California, and laughter can be heard from the streets below. Sarah Smith is sprawled on her bed, diligently… Continue reading Horses that heal: how equine therapy is helping people find peace of mind

Work with horses brings out the best in leaders

UK NEWS Cross-posted from the Banbury Guardian A businesswoman has combined her professional expertise with her passion for horses to help individuals reach their potential. Emma Taylor, of Shipston-on-Stour, worked at top level in human resources and relaxed with her beloved horses, Hermione and Arquiero, in her time off. “I began to realise that many… Continue reading Work with horses brings out the best in leaders

Tiny horses head to Newtown to help

Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses. Photo by Brad McClenny/Gainesville Sun.

Cross-posted from the Gainesville Sun WRITTEN BY CINDY SWIRKO Survivors of the Connecticut shootings are hoping a tiny black horse can work her magic again. Magic is the name of one of several equines from Gainesville’s Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses that will be traveling to Connecticut at the request of organizations there to help… Continue reading Tiny horses head to Newtown to help

Blind girl lifted up to ‘see’ Budweiser Clydesdale horses

Budweiser Clydesdale, Jim Damico and Annalician Herrera. Image by Colin Diltz.

PHOTO CREDIT: COLIN DILTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES After hearing that Annalicia Herrera, right, couldn't see the horses because she was blind, Jim Damico, left, lifted Herrera up to touch the Budweiser Clydesdale horses and feel how tall they are at the Smokey Point Walmart parking lot Sunday. Herrera said she was impressed with how… Continue reading Blind girl lifted up to ‘see’ Budweiser Clydesdale horses

Ann Romney says horses helped keep her out of a wheelchair

Ann Romney. (c)Terri Miller.

by NEDRA PICKLER WASHINGTON — (AP) The wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Wednesday that her love of horses helped her overcome her fear that multiple sclerosis would put her in a wheelchair. Ann Romney was guest hosting ABC’s “Good Morning America” when she spoke about her depression after receiving the diagnosis 14… Continue reading Ann Romney says horses helped keep her out of a wheelchair