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July 30, 2015

It has been fascinating to witness is the changing dynamics in our herd. In the spring, our lead horse Yankee died suddenly, leaving the remaining four horses to figure out their new hierarchy. Horses are prey animals (the hunted) that depend on the strength of the herd to survive. They are quick to submit to the ‘strongest’ - but not necessarily the largest or most dominant - horses in order to keep harmony within the herd.

 

Typically in the wild, horses have a male leader (stallion) and a female leader (mare). The others would show traits of dominance and submissiveness at times, and may even challenge, bother or pester the leaders.  This wou...

 

 

There’s a new teacher, healer and therapist in the area. Someone you may not expect to visit for your monthly dose of inner peace, calm and new perspective on life.

 

That’s because it’s a well-kept secret that horses are masters at helping humans become more self-aware. Certified Equine Experiential Learning Facilitator Cheri Davidson of Horse Discovery in Millbrook explains, “Horses are able to read our body language, facial expressions, tone of voice and even the slightest change in our breathing or muscle tension. They instinctively know what we are experiencing and how to connect with us.”

 

Awareness of equine assisted learning has been gr...

January 23, 2015

The Jewish Standard

 

"I have been working with horses for 15 years and could not believe the emotional intelligence a horse has how a horse can connect with special-needs children.

 

This is a new horse here."My son suffers from Williams syndrome, and is one of the 150 patients with the disorder in Israel. One of the problems among patients with Williams is connecting with others properly.They are very loving and affectionate and very cordial, enjoying attention, but often do not know how to connect.

 

The video shows the boy made initial contact with the horse and how the horse responds to the child's curiosity with some concern but nevertheless c...

January 3, 2015

Toronto Star article, July 30, 2013

 

Working with horses can aid people dealing with anxiety, depression, grief and low self-esteem. There’s no riding involved.

May 1, 2013

Excellent 6 minute video chronicling the story of a young boy with anxiety disorders.

 

With Paris and the other horses at Horse Spirit Connections, he learns to understand his fear, himself and become confident in who he really is. He also learns about respecting personal space and setting boundaries.  

 

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