Use of the natural rhythms of the horse’s gaits to help stabilize emotional states

Many of us have experienced the calming effect of being around our horses and/or riding when we are feeling emotional distress. The smell of the barn, running our hands along their coats while we’re grooming them, listening to their breath as well as riding can all help us regain balance during stressful times in our lives. In my therapy I use all of these experiences to help stabilize children in crisis. However, one of the most powerful change agents is the feeling of the horse’s gaits during the riding component of the therapy session. I have worked with several children who have bi-polar disorder, depression, or difficulty regulating their emotional states. Often a child or adolescent wi

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