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Determining if the Relationship is Ready for Riding

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As the relationship between a client and horse progresses and the client and horse are able to experience connection when various types of requests are made on the ground, the next stage in the relationship may be to work on the connection while mounted. The therapy team and the client may decide it’s the right time for the client to take that next step, however, how do they know if the client’s horse is ready for this next stage of intimacy?

In this video, NL co-founder, Tim Jobe, demonstrates how he works with a horse (Koby) when a client is wanting to explore riding for the first time. Since Tim is uncertain whether or not Koby has ever been ridden, he takes some time to make the request of Koby himself and determine how Koby feels about having somebody on his back.

As an EP who co-facilitates equine-assisted therapy sessions, it is Tim’s responsibility to ensure that the horse feels safe enough to stay calm and connected when the relationship moves from the ground to mounted.


Ways to determine whether the client-horse relationship is ready for mounted work.


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