September 11, 2017

In support of Rien van der Schaft (, Jane Karol explains why video is such a powerful learning tool in dressage. Watch this video to learn more...

August 26, 2017

Check out the new article Jane co-authored with a team from Justice Resource Institute (JRI) on how Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy might help traumatized youth. JRI has been extremely supportive in helping to further EFP. This research has brought their well studied...

May 24, 2017

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Learn how to feel what your horse is trying to tell you.

What makes one rider able to learn more quickly than another? I believe the answer relates to the ability...

April 14, 2017

One of the skills essential to mental health is the ability to access empathy and compassion for others and ourselves.  Without empathy relationships are nearly impossible, and when we lose compassion for ourselves self-destructive behavior follows.  I have worked with...

December 7, 2015

Before I begin work with a child, adolescent or adult I have a “consult” meeting to describe what this odd therapy is like. I give the child and his or her family an opportunity to ask any questions they have, get a tour of the farm and meet the therapy horses. Usually...

November 18, 2015

It is often difficult for people (clinicians, parents, equestrians, etc.) to picture the way I use horses and ponies as co-therapists to help children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems. Here is one example of how riding, when guided by a therapeuti...

July 15, 2015

Our interactions with our horses can teach us important things about how we might better interact with humans.


While there a plenty of people who abuse animals in the world, and sadly we see and hear media stories about them every day, most of what I witness at my farm...

February 18, 2015

The most common way we organize our thoughts and experiences is through language. Our perceptions of ourselves both influence and are influenced by the internal stories we develop in reaction to events in our history. When a negative sense of self is fundamental to our...

November 26, 2014

My remarkable therapy horse Jake has been my co-therapist for 16 years.  He was five when I bought him.  I almost didn’t consider him because I thought it would be crazy to use a five year old as a psychotherapy horse.  Thankfully I was convinced to try him.  The first...

May 11, 2014

I am constantly asking myself what it is about the human/horse relationship that can be so profound. A few years ago I worked with a teenage boy with Tourette’s Syndrome. When he rode during our psychotherapy sessions his tics would disappear. I asked him what other sp...

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