Barbara Currence is a good person doing a good thing. She uses horses to help people (ages 6 through adult) work through their personal problems. What kind of problems can her approach help?
- learn creative thinking and problem-solving skills
- develop responsibility
- learn how to develop and maintain relationships
- develop effective communication skills
- discover how to deal with grief, loss and anxiety
- learn lifeskills such as trust, leadership, and teamwork
- develop boundaries, and discover what changes are needed
to create healthy families and relationships
Why horses? Here’s what she says:
Because horses are large and powerful, which creates a natural opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop confidence. Accomplishing a task involving horses creates confidence and provides for wonderful metaphors when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.
Horses are very much like humans in that they are social animals. They have defined roles within their herds. They would rather be with their peers. They have distinct personalities, attitudes and moods. An approach that seems to work with one horse, does not necessarily work with another. At times, they are stubborn and defiant. They like to have fun. In other words, horses provide vast opportunities for learning about our own world.
Check out her web site for lots of neat pictures and details like fees, location, contact information, etc.
How does it work?
Be sure to watch the video so you can get a feel for how it works. Click here
This is an authentic approach that you can trust. Helping through Horsing Around has received its certification through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) which is an international organization that is very professional and ethical and requires both the licensed therapist and the equine professional to receive additional hours to remain certified in EAP (equine-assisted psychotherapy). EAGALA’s website is linked off of our’s, and is www.eagala.org
One kid put it best,
“At school when I am doing my work, I used to get so frustrated and give up. Now I just think about how frustrated I was getting the horse to do an activity, and that I didn’t give up and it worked. I remember that at school and it helps me to know I can do my schoolwork too.”
Other approaches not working for you? Try horsing around. They’re good people doing a good thing.