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The Journey Back: A Case Study Highlighting One Woman’s Experience Overcoming Traumatic Abuse Using Natural Lifemanship

I watched her make her way to the therapy office for her intake session, struck by the way she made her approach:  crouching down, she almost seemed to be crawling towards the door; constantly looking over her shoulder before ducking her head again.  Her trajectory weaved in zig zagging diagonals across the open space between…

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Is Natural Lifemanship Just “Joining Up?”

“Isn’t Natural Lifemanship (NL) just joining up?” I hear this question frequently from family, friends and students who are learning Natural Lifemanship. If they know anything about Natural Horsemanship, horse training methods with the intent of developing rapport with a horse based on herd dynamics, they assume that attachment in NL is “joining up.” Since…

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Study of Children Riding Horses Suggests Stress is Helpful in Improving Behavior

A new study published in Frontiers in Public Health confirms some of what we have come to understand in Natural Lifemanship. The study indicated that riding horses improved the child’s ability to exercise appropriate response and self-control, but it depended on the horse that was ridden, and whether or not a stress response was activated.…

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Connection in the Face of Resistance. . . Does Connection Really Matter?

Frieda kicked out, ears back, black and white tail lifted high.  She was clearly not happy about the pressure that Natural Lifemanship founder and Equine Professional Tim Jobe was putting on her to ask for connection.  Tim explained that Frieda had spent the whole 12 years of her life occupying a pasture near a mobile home park,…

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Creating Brave Spaces

Co-authored by Rebecca Hubbard & Reccia Jobe Mental health professionals are taught to create a safe place for their clients, so clients can feel comfortable being themselves, and discussing and exploring their experiences. Creating a safe place is a central tenant and an imperative part of the therapeutic process. It does, however, have a potential…

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Is Pressure Always a Bad Thing?

In Natural Lifemanship, we use the word ‘pressure’ a lot.  It’s been very carefully chosen, actually, because of its usability in all circumstances.  We use it when we talk about horses, families, therapy, work, and everything else. But for many, the idea of pressure connotes something negative – pressure is force, pressure is stress. The…

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Meet NL Trainer, Kate Naylor, LMFT-Associate, TF-EAP,D

Hello!  As a trainer of Natural Lifemanship, it is pretty likely that you will bump into me as you go through NL certification.  I will be co-leading Fundamentals trainings, assisting in Intensives, and providing consultation for EPs and eventually, clinicians.  This blog post is intended to provide an introduction to who you will be dealing…

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