Sunday, 21 September 2014

Horses helping People with Alzheimer's

The battle against cognitive decline begins in the stables. 

Congregants of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, N.C., find that animal therapy in the form of horseback riding provides an outlet for social engagement and an opportunity to interact with a creature who responds to one's emotions.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Unexpected Miracles

This is the remarkable story of 3 separate individuals who have been touched by the power of Equine Therapy. 
  1. A former world-class equestrian champion disabled by a stroke, 
  2. A veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  3. A teenage boy on the autism spectrum, along with his younger brother.
All share their journeys of hope and healing through their work with Therapy Horses. These miracles are happening at an otherwise typical barn in South Florida known as Healing Horse Therapy Center, and led by a woman whose passion it is to help those in need of healing make the ultimate connection between horse and human.

Equine Program helps Aussie Diggers

Mates4Mates has been working closely with the Stockman's Hall of Fame and Equine Encounters Australia to deliver a holistic, sustainable and unique Equine Program that challenges participants to break down their physical and psychological barriers through connecting with horses.

This two part program offers participants:
1. A straightforward horsemanship experience where they learn horsemanship skills to a level that is appropriate to the individual or group need. 
2. Equine Assisted Learning - using the Equine Psychotherapy Australia Model to support personnel with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at first level intervention to support their return home and dealing with day to day aspects of their home life, work life and relationships.

Mates4Mates are accepting Expressions of Interest for its Equine Program. To nominate, simply fill out the form on the website and return to enquiry@mates4mates.org.

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