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Marshall, North Carolina 28753

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Equine-Assisted Practices and Therapeutic Horsemanship

This field wouldn’t exist without Natural Horsemanship in our culture. Equine-assisted work in all its forms wouldn’t exist if we still used horses as machinery. So much would be different.
This is not to say horses haven’t been therapeutic for people even back in the day when horses were used for plowing fields, transportation, and welfare. But people of those times likely would have scoffed at any attempts to make this therapeutic benefit tangible and credible.

Like Natural Horsemanship, equine-assisted practice, as an activity, has deep roots. References from as early as 600 B.C. speak of early Greeks utilizing horses not only for people with disabilities, but for general health and well-being. Jump forward to the 1800s, where European physicians found horseback riding helpful in the treatment of certain neurological conditions to improve balance, posture, and strength. Physicians used riding therapy during a Scandinavian outbreak of poliomyelitis (a kind of polio) in 1946. In a famous case from that time, horsewoman Liz Hartel used daily riding sessions to recover from the disease, and later went on to win a silver medal in Dressage in the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games. Her story brought attention to horseback riding for the disabled, and she later partnered with physical therapist Ulla Harpoth to bring equine therapy to patients

Therapeutic riding began in the U.S. and Canada in the 1960s; om 1969, the North American Riding for the Handicapped (NARHA) formed in the U.S. Therapeutic riding practitioners were able to catalogue a range of beneficial aspects, including physical, psychological, social, and educational outcomes: improved balance and strength,...

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Holy Smokes! It's (the end of ) June already?!

As I sat down to prepare this blog post, it struck me, "Oh wow, it's (the end of) JUNE already!"  It has been a fantastic year at HorseSense so far this year - if you are a regular reader of our newsletter, you KNOW we have been busy! 

So how do we keep it all going when it seems like time is just flying by?  Planning, planning and more planning.  I've written about the importance of planning during the slower times of the year, and these are the times when we really rely on the fact that we have put things in place ahead of time.    

So, in six months, when I wake up on a crisp wintry morning and want to hibernate just a little, I remember how crazy busy we will be over the summer.  I dream a little and I plan a lot!  I stay in touch with my team, making sure we are talking together about what worked over the previous year and how we can improve things going forward.  There is never a down time when you are passionate about your business.   

We hope to see you on the farm yet this summer!  There are still some amazing educational opportunities on the calendar - events that have been MONTHS in the planning!    

Happy Trails!



Foundation Before Specialization or, Walk before you Run

From his days studying martial arts, Parelli recognized that there are levels of proficiency in any endeavor, including Natural Horsemanship, with different skillsets developed at each level. Parelli utilizes this concept to set up his horsemanship program into levels as well. Over the years, the Parelli™ organization has created several sets of the Parelli Levels curriculum, all of which I enjoy, as I like to see the development and progressive distillation of the ideas. The first level package I trained with in 1999 included a VCR tape, pocket guides and an audio CD, which I still watch and listen to today. I am particularly a fan of the “red” Level 1 materials from 2004 and the “blue” Level 2 materials from 2005. These particular sets contain a wealth of theory and other information contributing to the learning process, material I reference often when working with new Equine Specialists or mental health professionals. The newest version is a combination of the Level 1 and 2 pack (2009) The Parelli™ home study material evolved over the years. Any of these packs, old or new, can improve your knowledge skills and effectiveness as a horseperson.

Parelli’s Level 1 material focuses on basic safety with horses and deconstructs traditional beliefs and approaches to horsemanship. Level 2 focuses on developing confidence with horses, and reworks and reframes basic principles, marrying it...

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