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Marshall, North Carolina 28753

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What's New at Business Sense?

Monday
Feb022015

Seek Solutions Not Resolutions

Howdy friends and best wishes for a fabulous 2015!

For obvious reasons, the beginning of a new year is a time when many look back at what they consider the successes and non-successes of the past year and make promises to themselves as to how they are going to improve results in the coming year. 

The most important step is taking the time to have that conversation with yourself.  Don't be afraid to look back and honestly assess what worked and didn't work over the past year.  It's not about beating yourself up about last year, and it's not about setting goals for the upcoming year and just hoping it happens.  It's about setting realistic, achievable goals and developing a plan to achieve them.

One of the most overlooked elements in a plan for the new year is continuing education.  No matter what your business, or how long you've been in business, there is always something new to learn.  More than the actual education session you attend, spending time with other professionals in your business results in huge benefits. Conversations with colleagues can spark ideas, help with troubleshooting, and provide insight into what others are finding to be successful in their businesses. We are hard at work developing a range of educational opportunities and experiences to help you grow in your business.  We hope to see you on the farm sometime in 2015!

Happy Trails!
Shannon

Friday
Jan302015

Principles that have shaped Equine-Assisted Practice at Horse Sense

Many people approach me asking for advice on which certification and/ or organization is right for them, or which one they should attend. My best answer is to attend any and all trainings and certifications, as one can learn from anyone. However, without unlimited resources and time, I believe understanding where they stand on some key concepts will identify which of the organizations they most closely align with philosophically.

Although Horse Sense has offered predominantly EAGALA-based services since inception, all the people and organizations I’ve studied with and under have taught me and have added something to how Horse Sense approaches EAP & EAL. I’ve included extended discussions of PATH, EAGALA and TF-EAP in this section because of the influence they have either with me or in the field as a whole, or both.

Since 2010-2011, Horse Sense has evolved its offerings to include mounted work with clients in the form of limited Therapeutic Riding and Trauma-Focused Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, which includes both riding and unmounted work. We have very specific and clear distinctions among the methodologies in our toolkit. We feel we can meet 75% of our clients’ needs utilizing solely groundwork, and we’ve begun offering these other modalities to address the other 25% of needs we feel are best treated with some form of mounted work. Our overwhelming commitment is to the client, not to a specific methodology or model. That said, we strive to be “clean and clear” about what, how and why we employ different modalities, and constantly challenge ourselves and each other in this process to articulate the reasons that drive what we are doing. Below are some of the key ideas informing the Horse Sense philosophy, as they have crystallized for me throughout the years.

1. Concept of what promotes change Pain is a very strong motivator; with sufficient discomfort, one becomes open-minded enough to start seeking answers. Pain and dis- comfort are the walls most people run into before they become ready to change. My experience is that people create, cause, and seek out change in their life when...

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Sunday
Nov232014

Giving Thanks

You can feel the weather changing here on the farm day-by-day, confirming that fall is fading and giving way to winter; the holidays are not far behind. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, our minds turn to all the things we have to be thankful for.  This year - we at Horse Sense are celebrating many things, not the least of which is the establishment of Heart of Horse Sense, a personal and professional passion many years in the making.  Heart of Horse Sense, created earlier this year to support horse services for Veterans and At-Risk Youth, provides an opportunity for the commun ity to become involved through donations and volunteer opportunities. Recently, Heart of Horse Sense was granted official 501c3 non-profit status! That means any donations are tax-deductible!  

We are so thankful for the supporters and volunteers who helped make our November fund-raisers such a success.  We hope you had an opportunity to participate in either the HeART of Horse Sense event at Zuma Coffee (Nov 7th) and/or VetFest 2014 (Nov 9th).  We are so thankful for our veterans and thankful to be in a postiton to serve them.  Horse Sense of the Carolinas is honored to be a recipient of Heart of Horse Sense funds; rest assured that 100% of proceeds from donations are used for direct services for veterans and at-risk youth.

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