A SESSION WITH HORSES
What does this work look like?
Because of the roots of the equine wellness movement in therapeutic riding, clients often picture themselves in session riding with the wind blowing through their hair. Riding horses has been understood as useful for wellness purposes since Hippocrates wrote about therapeutic riding in as early as the 5th century BC. I can certainly attest to riding feeling therapeutic, but this is not the focus of my practice mostly due to safety concerns. Although we don’t get on a horse’s back we do interact with the horse. In each session we will determine if you would rather witness the horses from across the fence, mingle with the herd, or move to catch, lead, or groom the horse of your choice. This choice depends on the client’s comfort level with the horse, safety considerations, and the goal of our work together. In this interaction, we aim to join the horses “where they are at” and utilize their unique offerings with my own professional orientation (see therapeutic approach).