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  • Writer's pictureChanti Cleland

Healing with Horses

Most of the horses I have cared for have been or are rescue horses, who’ve experienced mistreatment and trauma. This has allowed me to learn a lot about how the animal brain processes trauma. It's very similar to how we humans also process anxiety and stress, because it’s the animal brain we use for this.

Horses are sentient. They sense and feel people’s emotions. Horses are prey animals, like us; they use the fight, flight, freeze and fawn responses, which are the same stress responses we use, even though we are often not conscious of it.

We can hold stress and trauma in the body for many years, which then remains unresolved if unchecked.

Releasing stress, anxiety and trauma from our bodies is something we don’t do very well as humans. We can hold stress and trauma in the body for many years without ever processing it or letting it go.

For the last 10 years I have been working with emergency service personnel, teenagers and young adults, and horse owners, riders, trainers and competitors deal with their inner emotions, stresses and tensions, through healing with their horses, (or their friends' horses); supporting them to build better relationships with themselves and their horses and those that they share their lives with.

It’s the most amazing thing to be able to use natural healing in this way. I can’t tell you what an honour it is to be able to teach something that can have a genuine impact on people's and their horses wellbeing.

If you are interested in working with me in this way, even to begin 2023 in a new and positive way - please do not hesitate to contact me.

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