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EQ Life September magazine: The horse as the healer

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The horse as the healer

By Ellie Jolley

For many equestrians, spending time with their horses provides an escape from reality, a safe space to be themselves, and even a form of physical, emotional, and mental therapy. This sense of deep connection and companionship has drawn people to horses for thousands of years.

American horse trainer Buck Brannaman once said, “The horse is a mirror to your soul. Sometimes you might not like what you see. Sometimes you will.” This is especially true when it comes to the practice of equine therapy, which helps people make sense of the world around them through the eyes of a horse.

From a young age, Elizabeth Hodges was incredibly shy and wouldn’t have said boo to a goose. Over the years, Elizabeth discovered that horses helped her come out of her shell, and now she is giving young children the opportunity to follow in her steps through equine therapy.

When she was around five years old, Elizabeth recalls her family moved away from the busy metropolitan area of West Ryde to the country. “I was able to start riding at that age, and I pretty much haven’t gotten off a horse since then,” says Elizabeth. “We started out with the usual Pony Club, dressage and eventing. But when I was going into high school, we moved to Tasmania from Sydney, and it gave us the opportunity to then start working with the high country cattlemen....

 

Read the full article in the September issue of Equestrian Life magazine here.

 

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