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Equine therapy: Check out this blog

Some of you may know about equine therapy. Horseback riding is beneficial for people with various ailments including cerebral palsy, autism, and many others. Sometimes the motion of the horse under a child can help core strength,as well as muscle strength. I know from personal experience the healing powers of horses are amazing.

One fairly new way to help people with disabilities is to use miniature horses. Who wouldn’t love a cute, cuddly little horse. Wouldn’t a visit with one lift your spirits?

Here are some excerpts from a blog article:

Equine Therapy is a highly effective therapeutic tool used at The Meadows in our addiction and trauma treatment program. As part of our innovative and holistic treatment program, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) helps patients learn new ways of dealing with trauma, their eating disorder, and relationships.

Horses are an integral part of our leading-edge treatment. These powerful yet vulnerable creatures have a large limbic system, the part of the brain responsible for emotion and intuition, which greatly contributes to their keen ability to detect danger. Perhaps most importantly, this also plays a part in their heightened sensitivity to human emotion, body language, and energy. At The Meadows, our patients learn how to be predictable, trustworthy and communicative from the bonds they establish during our Equine Therapy program.

This is why we are excited about our new addition to our mascot family, miniature horse, Cinnamon! She was born on March 17, 2014 on St. Patrick’s day between 10:30 pm -11:00 pm. Harry our security guard helped to deliver the young foal. She weighs approximately 20 pounds and has light brown coloring. She resembles her mother, Nutmeg, in color and is now considered the mini-mini of The Meadows. Both the mare and our new addition are being carefully monitored by our excellent Equine Therapy staff.

They are pleased to report that Cinnamon began walking and drinking milk from her mother immediately after she was born. So far, Cinnamon and Nutmeg have taken a brief nap and they have been soaking in the Arizona sunshine. Enthusiasm has been shared by both humans and animals alike; as Charlie, the dad, and Comet, Nutmeg’s brother, have been seen dancing around, jumping and being quite playful. This is a truly joyous occasion at The Meadows.

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You may also listen to Ted talks about the healing power of horses here: 

copyright 2018: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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