Equine-Assisted Therapy and Learning with At-Risk Young by Hannah Burgon

By Hannah Burgon

This publication presents an summary of the sphere of Equine-Assisted remedy and studying and offers a strong account of a examine examine charting the reports of 7 'at-risk' teens attending a pioneering healing Horsemanship centre within the united kingdom. The ebook incorporates a foreword from Leif Hallberg, writer of jogging the best way of the pony .

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The authors concluded that this was due to it being a ‘normalizing experience’ (Bizub, Joy & Davidson, 2003: 381). They liken therapeutic horse-riding to exercise therapy and outdoor adventure activities, but with the additional dimension of the horse offering further opportunities for rehabilitation, writing that Getting in touch with a horse, both literally and figuratively, can enhance one’s appreciation for both the horse and one’s self . . we suggest that therapeutic horseback riding is a promising way for such individuals .

This book provides a contribution to the gap in the research looking at the process of TH, concentrating not so much on the effects of TH on the young people who attended The Yard but on what was going on between the young people and horses. In addition to my own observations and reflections as a practitioner-researcher, I was interested in hearing in the participants’ own voices what was happening for them; what horses they were drawn to want to work with and what it was about those particular horses.

To the ancient Celts, horses were sacred creatures and were associated with the life cycle, power, fertility, and physical and metaphysical travel, together with good fortune. They believed that the horse goddess was responsible for transporting the human soul into and out if its earthly existence at the appropriate season of life (Chamberlin, 2007; Davies & Jones, 1997; McCormick & McCormick, 2004). Horses and therapy in the present day Fascination with the horse and its embedment in society as symbolic and cultural icon would appear to be just as strong in the present day, 18 Equine-Assisted Therapy and Learning with At-Risk Young People with horses represented in fairy tales, films, books, art and poetry alongside their role in sport and recreation (Barclay, 1980; Chamberlin, 2007; Jones, 1983; Lawrence, 1984; Scanlan, 2001; Walker, 2008).

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