James 3:2-4 "We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.
Equine-assisted work honors the natural behavior of horses and herds. Horses are skilled at keeping themselves safe and adept at survival; their natural behaviors are optimal for mental and physical health. In many respects, humans have lost the instinct to keep themselves safe and healthy. We entrust horses to show us the way back to health. Work and observation in the horse world lends itself to extremely powerful metaphors into our own patterns, strengths, and the nonverbal messages we send out. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy implements the power of equine-assisted philosophies and exercises to introduce therapy clients to themselves in a morality that has been found to be more efficient and less threatening than traditional talk therapy. Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) is a field of practice based on the successes of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. We have learned that everyone can benefit from equine-assisted work - not just therapy clients. EAL uses equine-assisted philosophies and exercises in a variety of "arenas" from corporate retreats, to church groups, personal coaching, parenting and family dynamics and more!
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POEM ABOUT CHEROKEE "I found her standing there all by herself just staring into the distance. As I walked up I knew that she knew I was there without her having to acknowledge me. I reached out and touched her long jet black hair feeling the warmth radiating from her body, just below my finger tips. I smiled to myself thinking just beautiful she is a fact she simply knew nothing about. My thoughts wondered to all the times I've poured my heart out to her, all my hopes and dreams, my achievements and failures. She's heard all my sorrows, my shame and pain. She's seen my tears and heard me cry, cuss and curse, angry at the world and everybody in it. With all her gentle loving heart she listened and took it all in. How many times, I ask myself, has she carried me when my heart was so heavy I couldn't stand on my own and I love her for that. I love the way she feels. I love the way she smells. I love the way she looks at me and accepts me for who I am.....and now, how she so patiently stands there once again, waiting for me, while I grab her bridle, blanket and saddle....."
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