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April 28, 2019

I have been reading a lot of Anna Blake lately (https://annablake.com/relaxed-forward-blog/). She is a trainer who teaches humans “horse”. Her whole training philosophy is based on effective communication leading to peaceful co-operation. The brilliant thing being that...

August 19, 2018

My white horse died in April. I learned a lot about grief. From my own feelings, and also from witnessing the brown horse, his stable mate and fellow therapy horse, go through it.

Those two were very close. They lived together, worked together, looked after each other....

November 28, 2017

We all know situations in which we are drawn into a struggle over something fairly minor. The issue in question begins to recede behind the struggle over power, the feeling of control over the situation. It becomes a matter of survival when survival is not remotely at...

November 17, 2016

As the weather gets colder and wetter, the client work quieter, the horse work busier, it is a good time for reflection. Horse work, for those who love it, has this meditative quality that often adheres to repetitive, physical tasks performed in natural or otherwise sy...

July 24, 2016

I work with horses and people wherever I find some that are interested in the work, and I enjoy this adventure enormously. There is though something special about the two horses that I have worked with from the start at Jolly's Farm, Max and Alf. Not only have they bec...

February 28, 2016

Recently I had the great privilege of working with a teenage client dealing with severe illness. He had told me that he often feels detached from people. In the round-pen he found himself unable to cross the line to engage with the horse. This horse usually walks strai...

January 21, 2016

Feeling "not good enough", feeling we have to do something extra to be accepted or loved, is common for many of us.  Recently, a teenage client of mine had the wonderful experience of being fine as she is, no "extras" needed.  While she was doing some reflective work w...

January 18, 2016

Recently, LEAP and other organisations have changed the name of the game from Equine Assisted Learning (or Equine Assisted Therapy) to Equine Facilitated Learning.  This seems idle word play to many, but from my experience of the work I do with clients and horses, it i...

November 19, 2015

In this work I am often reminded how important it is to listen to the horses, to forget about my session plan and be as aware as they are.  I was working with a client who had lived through traumatic illness. We had planned to take her through The Journey, and she was...

November 16, 2015

Mike has over 25 years of experience with EFL/P.  He has worked with a huge variety of client groups, corporate managers, people struggling with addiction, teenagers in care, to name but a few.  Mike, together with Ella Bloomfield, trained me, and both their deep human...

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