Equine-Assisted Activities & Therapies Classes
Bringing Equines and Humans Together to Relax.Connect.Renew

Introduction to Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies Classes

I worked in the Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies Field (EAAT) for ten years as a therapeutic and vaulting instructor. In 2010, I retired from the industry to focus my energy and time on the well-being of the equines, staff and volunteers at therapy centers.

Equine Acupressure Basics, Greeting and Grooming with Gratitude, and Meditation are classes that I offer at EAAT centers and are all methods that are purposely designed to bring the therapeutic team of staff, volunteers, and equines together to relax, connect and renew.

Working and volunteering in the EAAT field, can, over time, affect the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical energies of both the equine’s and human’s body. The common occurrences that I witnessed and experienced, like those mentioned below, can cause anxiety, stress, depression, a lack of focus and spirit, and physical pain and/or illness:

  • the ongoing search for equines that are a good fit for the program
  • the loss of equines due to retirement, illness, burnout, death
  • the loss of students due to their leaving the program,  illness or death
  • the balance of the number of healthy equines available for the program and the number of lessons taught
  • last minute cancellation or delay of volunteers and staff
  • sudden injury with a therapy equine, staff or volunteer

Equine Acupressure Basics, Greeting and Grooming with Gratitude, and/or Meditation will support the therapeutic team on a daily basis and help them to move through trials that may arise at your center, with more ease, balance and peace in the mind, body, and soul.


Benefits

Equine Acupressure, Greeting and Grooming with Gratitude, and/or Meditation classes are an investment in the health of the staff, volunteers, and therapy equines. The practice of these methods can ease anxiety, stress, and fear, reduce acute and chronic pain and inflammation, and strengthen the immune system.

The teaching of these methods at the EAAT center provide an opportunity for the individuals on the therapeutic team to practice with the equines they work with in lessons.

These benefits can bring positive results such as –

  • A therapeutic team  whose improved well-being can create a calmer and more relaxed environment throughout the center
  • A rise in compassion and gratitude for others
  • Elevated focus of the therapeutic team
  • Increased happiness
  • Heightened energy level
  • Enhanced connection between staff and/or volunteers and the therapy equines
  • Safer, more effective lessons
  • Diminished feelings of depression or lack of spirit
  • Improved ability to cope with and “bounce back” from a hardship
  • A decline in burnout and fatigue


NOTE: Because the EAAT field holds such a BIG place in my heart and soul, I offer my classes at a 40% discount.


Equine Acupressure Basics

While an Equine Acupressure Basics Student
locates and practices an acupressure point
for back and hip pain, she observes the equine’s
responses. This is important. Their reactions
show whether or not what you’re doing
feels really good or not so good.

Acupressure is simple, therapeutic, effective, non-invasive and holistic. It’s a technique that is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine and uses touch/light pressure to stimulate areas on the body to maintain and/or restore health of the mind, body, and soul. For more explanation of acupressure and its benefits, click here.


In this class, participants will learn the basics of acupressure – what, when, where, how, and why, how to be and interact with the equine during acupressure, and practice locating acupressure points for these common equine concerns that can arise in the therapeutic setting:  anxiety/tension/stress, hip and back pain, colic, and hoof imbalances.

Participants will receive a manual and a certificate for continuing education hours.

This class can count for two (2) or four (4) hours (depending on session) of CEU's (General Continuing Education hours) for a PATH International Therapeutic Riding Instructor or CR's (Certification Core Requirements) for an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL).

A two-hour class covers the basics of acupressure and the learning and practicing of acupressure points for any two (2) equine concerns of your choice.
Investment: $45 per person

A four-hour class covers the basics of acupressure and the learning and practicing of all four (4) concerns listed above.
Investment: $90 person

Maximum of 10 participants. Depending upon your center's location, there may be a minimum number of participants required.
Please contact me at linda@circleofpeace.com with any questions.

A travel charge will be incurred if your center is located more than 20 miles away from Bolton, MA.


Greeting and Grooming with Gratitude

The barn manager at Rein in a Dream
practices a therapeutic method to benefit
the hooves with an equine at the therapy center.

Gratitude. It’s a positive emotion. It brings feelings of goodness, of being loved, of feeling safe. It can influence and improve the emotional, mental and physical state of health.


The practice of gratitude in everyday life can increase happiness, decrease depression, and foster more empathy toward others. When we are grateful, it can increase mental strength which helps individuals to be more resilient during challenging times.

In this two-hour class, participants will learn simple, relaxation and healing techniques to use as they greet the equine, and practice therapeutic grooming methods using an attitude of gratitude and a mix of acupressure and massage.

Participants will receive a manual and a certificate for continuing education hours.

This class can count for two (2) hours of CEU's (General Continuing Education hours) for a PATH International Therapeutic Riding Instructor.

Investment: $45 per person

Maximum of 15 participants. Depending upon your center's location, there may be a minimum number of participants required.
Please contact me at linda@circleofpeace.com with any questions.

A travel charge will be incurred if your center is located more than 20 miles away from Bolton, MA.


After practicing Linda’s grooming and gratitude techniques, I noticed a change in several members of our herd. The horses were clearly more relaxed, and in this supple state, ready for work. Grooming with gratitude has helped all of us become mindful of our pre-lesson grooming routine to ensure that our horses (and ourselves) are calm and centered which sets the stage for a safe, productive therapeutic riding session.

Cassie Clark, Program Manager
Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program


Meditation

Meditation is a simple, effective, therapeutic method that can be practiced with the equines at the EAAT center. Not only is it easier to move into and stay in the meditation when practicing with the equines, it's healing for the mind, body, and soul of the staff and/or volunteers and the equines, and more fun!

Meditation is a way to take our minds away from all of the to-do's, what-if's, I shoulda's, and I coulda's and pay attention, without judgment, to the present moment. Taking the time to quiet your mind and body - whether it's 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or 60 minutes a day can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and fear. It increases the body's energy and decreases fatigue.

In this 1.5-hour class, participants learn the what, when, how, why, and where of meditation and learn and practice a Japanese breathing technique and guided meditations with the therapy equines.

Participants will receive a handout with meditations.

Even though this class has not been approved for CEU's by PATH International, I offer it at EAAT centers because meditation can play a vital role in the daily life of the therapeutic team bringing calmness and focus to the workplace and other circles of life.

This is a great class to combine with Greeting and Grooming with Gratitude!

Investment: $45 per person

Maximum of 15 participants. Depending upon your center's location, there may be a minimum number of participants required.
Please contact me at linda@circleofpeace.com with any questions.

A travel charge will be incurred if your center is located more than 20 miles away from Bolton, MA.

Pete, a therapy horse at Lovelane Special Needs Horseback
Riding Program, voluntarily joins our circle of meditation.

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