Category Archives: Equine Therapy

When Therapy Meets Thoroughbreds

It was over six-years-ago when the rickety trailer, jostling with rusty bolts, pulled through the driveway of the New Hampshire farm I rode at. Our stable relied on an aging...

A Pony Named Raindrop

My Irish Catholic father was a difficult man—hard working all his life and hard drinking for much of my youth. Gay boys and their daddies often have complicated relationships, and...

#HorsesChangedMyLife

Ten years ago, I loaded up my one true love and sent him six hours north for his next adventure. He was my childhood horse, and he was a beautiful...

The Horse, a Gift for All Seasons

When I set out to write RIDING HOME ~ The Power of Horses to Heal, I wanted to share the profound emotional healing one can experience from today’s equine therapy. I...

Little Horses, Big Love

When you grow up around horses, you know how simply being in their company can provide comfort. It is part of what draws us to horses to begin with…and part...

My Brother’s Suicide

As a regular, horse-crazy teenage girl, nothing in my life had really shaken me until April 2nd of 2016. I was away that weekend, showing at a paint show with...

Out of Darkness

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) really should be identified as Triggered Traumatic Stress Disorder. The obvious reference to a past event or events doesn’t begin to describe the impact of...

On Healing and Horses

With my hand in a cast (courtesy of my last hunter pace), my plans for fox hunting that season were nixed. Instead of sitting around and sulking, my husband and...

Dwell Time

Leaving my overscheduled workday behind, I’m greeted by a whinny. If I linger too long outside, the pony neighs loudly. Nearing her stall, I try to let go of frustrations...

This Is Where I Go

When I feel let down by friendships, the misunderstandings and absence and one-sidedness, this is where I go. When I feel like my children are suffocating me—the crying and the...

How To Cope With Show Nerves

Dealing with anxiety at a show, or in any context for that matter, requires the effective application of certain skills. As much as many of us would love a quick...