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Cross Brain Connections: What Are They Good For Anyway?

How cross brain connections literally saved my life! In this blog I will discuss how a healthy brain develops and how trauma impacts this process by localizing neural connections in the lower regions of the brain, the part concerned with survival.  I will share ways we can capitalize on the brain’s neuroplasticity and capacity to…

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My Horse is NOT My Therapist

horse is not therapist

You’ve all seen them; those kitschy t-shirts, hats, and signs that proclaim, “My horse is my therapist.” I openly admit, I’ve contemplated buying one of those before or making a sign of my own with this endearing saying for the barn or my home. I liked it. It hit home for me. I felt it…

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Deification is Still Objectification

Deification is still objectification

Typically, when we think of objectification we think of the overtly negative kind.  Women’s bodies as objects for other’s consumption, children as extensions of ourselves, or the Earth as a disposable resource for our own benefit. Yet, a more subtle objectification is alive and well in human nature – that is, the deification of someone…

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Dropping the Saddle: A Case Study About a Boy Seeking Connection

dropping the saddle

Oliver was sitting in a stall with Banjo, holding a saddle close to his chest, slumped over in defeat. It was yet another session that he tried to ride Banjo and failed. The Equine Professional and I stayed connected with Oliver, guiding him through self-regulation exercises and resisting the urge to rescue him or provide…

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2,000 Reasons to Become a Member of Natural Lifemanship

become a member

Become a member and enjoy the incredible value Natural Lifemanship has to offer! Videos of Tim & Frieda building a relationship from the ground up- $150 Video of 5 Days of REAL Intensive TF-EAP sessions conducted by the founders to show you exactly how to practice NL (membership more than pays for itself in this…

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Dollface: An Experience of Connection Over Prejudice

Although I had been informed ahead of time that the white Egyptian Arabian mare we were working with for our Natural Lifemanship Intensive Training had some facial deformities and neurological issues, I was surprised by the strength of my visceral response when I actually saw her in person for the first time.  She snorted through…

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Think About It: Natural Lifemanship Applied to Politics

Natural Lifemanship Applied to Politics

I woke up this morning and wondered what it would look like if our political parties used the principles of Natural Lifemanship to interact with each other and to do business. Think about it. What if each party attempted to meet both their own needs and the needs of the other party? What if each…

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What I Learned from My Dog with Attachment Trauma

This is a story about parenting….dogs.  Now don’t get me wrong – I have no intention of saying parenting dogs is like parenting kids (entirely), people are not dogs and dogs are not people.  But, relationships are relationships – and if we are open to learning, we can learn MUCH from our relationships with animals.…

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Do Horses Seek Leaders or Rewarding Connections?

A recent article published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science suggests that the concept of human leadership equating to the hierarchy in a horse herd, which has become foundational in many training approaches, is unreliable and largely irrelevant. Instead, the researchers found that consistent reinforcement of desired behaviors had a much greater effect on…

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When Dissociation Looks Like Cooperation

When Dissociation Looks Like Cooperation

Just yesterday while tacking up my horse, I was reminded how easy it is to mistake dissociation for cooperation. It is horse fly season around here, and we are currently inundated with a particularly vicious breed of huge, black, bloodsuckers. These savages pack a painful sting that I have experienced myself way too many times.…

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