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Foundation Series - Articles and Zoom Lectures

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Foundation Series​

Human-Horse Relationships: Horse Language and Behaviors

The memory of my life with Sara convinced me to write this article, which attempts to explain the importance of understanding horse language, behaviors, and how they value their space.

Sara was in my life for thirty-seven years and was my constant companion who taught me a great deal about horse communication and how to think positively about life. Writing this article, I am offering some practical tips which may help those who wish to enjoy the company of their horses, take care of them or participate in various types of horseback riding activities. If you can spend time trying to understand the language, behaviors, and how they value their space, you will find that you can communicate with horses, enjoy their relaxing companionship while building that precious human-horse bond.

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The Role of the EAA/T Practitioner

The role of the EAA/T practitioner is to support the clients in coping with real-life-issues. In order to do this effectively, the practitioner must not only have a deep understanding of themselves, but they must also know and understand the common objectives of their work, and be able to plan individualized, achievable therapeutic aims and objectives for each client. It goes without saying that they must have knowledge and an understanding of the horse or horses they are working with, in order to build a successful partnership that will ensure a safe and positive EAA/T service. In this Zoom lecture, I will offer some thoughts for personal reflection and suggest some strategies for assisting our challenged riders.

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Volunteering: Leading and Side-walking Protocol

Globally, most EAA/T Centers rely on volunteer leaders and side walkers. Without volunteers, EAA/T centers throughout the world would not be able to function. The many thousands of volunteers are genuinely appreciated and regarded as extremely precious. It is part of any practitioner’s role to make volunteers welcome, motivated and feel part of the team. It is vital that they give time to training volunteers, so that they understand their role both in the arena, and in the environment of the EAA/T center. Practitioners and EAA/T centers should always ensure that their volunteers are rewarded for their work. In this lecture, I will share the ways practitioners must integrate the volunteers as full partners in the work.

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Mounting and Dismounting Procedures

Do no harm: You are unlikely to do harm to your client/rider if you follow mounting and dismounting procedures to the best of your ability and judgement, and always consider how the chosen method benefits that specific challenged individual. It is vital that practitioners recognize mounting is the overture to the whole therapeutic session and as such underpins everything that follows.
Major EAA/T organizations have written their own procedures for safe mounting and dismounting. In this Zoom lecture, I will delve more deeply into detailed mounting and dismounting procedures.

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Specialist Series - Articles and Zoom Lectures

Who is a Specialist?

A specialist is any person who has a particular skill or knows a lot about a particular subject. They have mastered that skill sufficiently to provide expertise in doing the job or task. For example, it could mean a doctor who deals with health problems relating to a specific area of medicine or someone who is an expert and certified in a health-related profession. 

In order for any EAA/T practitioner to become a trained specialist in the field of Equine Assisted Activites and or Therapy, they must have a qualification or be registered to practice EAA/T.

Why should EAA/T practitioners strive to be specialists in their field of practice?

It is important for EAA/T practitioners whether certified in another profession or not to gain extensive knowledge and skill relating to EAA/T theory and practice.

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Report: Exam Results and Findings- Unique EquineStudies School Matriculation

For Youth At-Risk academic life can be exceptionally challenging. Many drop out of the educational system and are left vulnerable, unmotivated, and unable to find satisfactory employment, training, and advancement.
In response to this issue, I developed an active learning program for teenagers that offered a school matriculation course for Equine Studies with the possibility of maximum points. This course was divided into three parts and was considered an agricultural science exam through which the students studied the inside and out of a horse, their environment, and comparing their form and development to other farm animals and birds. The aim of the course was to raise their self- esteem and allow them to develop a critical consciousness so that they too would have that sense of ownership, accomplishment, feeling that they were on a par with others by studying for and passing a valuable high school matriculation exam. In this Zoom lecture, I will explain the elements of the course and its specific impact upon the students.

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Equine Assisted Activity and Therapy (EAA/T): Treatment Modality for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Since the Yom Kippur War, Israel has witnessed many of its soldiers returning home from campaigns with severe injuries and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a severe mental health problem – a trauma and stressor related disorder that causes intense fear, helplessness, and often horror.

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