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post #1 of 6 Old 08-24-2010, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Up for debate- quote from a book

I am reading "The Tao of Equus" by Linda Kohanov. Here is the quote...... "..... equine-facilitated therapy employs a form of biofeedback for practicing self-awarness, emotional management, and relationship skills that human role-playing exercises and discussion groups can't begin to access."

It talks about how horses make split second adjustments to good and bad feelings from their handlers, which offers us rewards or consequences for our actions but also for our ability to assess the horses true feelings and adjust to them..... it says humans make judgements based on one or two impressions and that once set, they are hard pressed to change...... but if the same person does the same thing with a horse, they get rewarded with positive response from the horse "while [the horse is]continuing to call on.... the inappropriate expressions of anger".....

I could not agree more. This is a very powerful statement to me and explains why owning a horse is good for my soul. What do you think??
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-25-2010, 12:24 AM
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Agree 100%.

One of my favorite movies is Wild Horse Redemption and it's a documentary about the BLM program that sends Mustangs to prisons for training. It operates on essentially the same theory - my favorite quote is right at the beginning and it's along the lines of "soon, they will be pitted against a creature that's tougher, stronger and meaner then they could ever be." Basically it's about the merits of the program actually helping to recreate these lost men because they learn fast that every game and move they know means NOTHING to a wild Mustang. You have to be real and you have to be honest, because they know. There's no judgment, just action, and you learn real life coping skills.

The entire movie could be founded on that exact quote and it's just incrediable to witness it and see how that instant biofeedback transforms the lives of hardened serial criminals. They learn how operating on instant emotion is going to get you killed when you're facing a 1,000 pound animal that can seriously hurt you with one wrong move. They learn trust, emotional management, control, patience, all things that no group can ever truly teach a person. Horses take you to the edge and make it do or do, forcing you to reveal your innermost self and reflect seriously.

I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-25-2010, 02:44 AM
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I love that documentary, Macabre. And I agree with you 100 percent.

"I was eight years old, and I've never forgotten her face when she told me about watching you ride. She told me she saw you, and your horse was dancing in the moonlight."
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I would like to see that documentary.... this book says the same thing- that a 120lb human out of control mentally cannot communicate with a 1200lb horse......

Anyone else?
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-25-2010, 09:45 AM
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The Tao of Equus is a GREAT book. Im in the middle of a social work degree with plans to do equine facilitated therapy and it's an amazing field. Horses make better therapists than I will ever be.
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Horses are amazing therapists- that is impressive that you are reading the same book. I find even just being with my horse has a calming effect on me.... and having him walk up to me in the pasture is so rewarding. I can always tell if I worked him too hard the day before because I swear he will only walk part way to me in the field the next time........
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