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Horse Speak for Therapy Horses
May 13 - May 14
Using Horse Speak to Understand, Prepare and Support Therapy Horses
Some horses have willingly offered very powerful empathetic capacities to people for healing and learning. While these capacities are natural, therapy centers and their staff can do a great deal to prepare and support equines in their efforts. A horse’s calm obedience is helpful in therapy settings, but their genuine responsiveness to our clients and students allows them to offer much deeper and stronger healing and learning.
Horse Speak, a practical approach to listening and talking to horses, can enhance our horses’ ability to genuinely respond to human participants. It offers improved understanding of what a horse is telling us and provides simple replies we can use to tell him that we “hear” him, we “get it,” and we have ideas we want to share with him, too. It helps us build safer and more caring relationships with our horses.
This 2 day clinic is designed to help clinicians, teachers and equine professionals use Horse Speak to understand, prepare and support therapy horses to do their best work.
During the first day we will explore the fundamentals of horse to horse and horse to human communication in the horses’ own language. In the second day we will look at applications in mental health and learning. We’ll work on selecting talented therapy/education horses, and on simple daily routines to establish an atmosphere welcoming genuine responsiveness. We will also explore possible protocols for helping horses help people improve self-regulation, social interaction and effective leadership. These protocols will support safe and mutually beneficial relationships between our participants and our horses.