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Preparing the Horse and Client for (Mounted) Trauma Processing 2019 NL Conference Workshop Free for NL Professional Members (4 CE Credits)

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This workshop was recorded during the 2019 NL Deep Dive Conference.

There are 12 lessons with one video per lesson, totaling 4 hours. Upon completion of the lessons, you may earn 4 CE credits by successfully passing an end-of-course quiz.

Preparing the Horse and Person for (Mounted) Trauma Processing

How does one do Natural Lifemanship and process trauma in a connected manner with a client who. . . 

  • Is deeply dysregulated?
  • Does not desire connection or know what it feels like?
  • Is not ready to make a request for relationship?
  • Has deep attachment wounding?
  • Has experienced severe, and maybe even complex trauma?

Rhythmic Riding can be so VERY powerful for all of the above. Many clients need to be given connection (they need to feel it) before they can make a request for connection, which is often an important part of Relationship Logic, the ground component of NL. Horses can carry us! This sets them apart from many other animals. When we connect with the one who carries us, beautiful things happen in our brain and body. After all, connecting with the one who carries and rocks us is foundational to the development of healthy attachment, co-regulation, and the development of the nervous system.

You will learn:

  1. When it is appropriate for a client to begin mounted work. What should the client’s level of connection be? How to assess for balance challenges and issues related to dissociation, and what to do if your client struggles with either.  
  2. How to prepare the horse for trauma processing. It is so important the horse is given a safe base and the connection needed to go to hard places with a client who struggles to connect with self and others. The horse must also be given the connection we hope they give to the client.
  3. How Rhythmic Riding, with a present and connected horse, can help a person come into contact with and regulate the sensing and movement centers of the brain. During this demo participants will also see how an external sense of connection can become internal as the “client” begins to feel connection with another. There will be a focus on how to utilize mounted work to build a level of integration into the brain prior to processing traumatic events.
Kathleen Choe, Bettina Shultz-Jobe and Tim Jobe

Kathleen Choe, Bettina Shultz-Jobe and Tim Jobe


Kathleen Choe, MA, LPC-S, NLC-P,EP
Natural Lifemanship Trainer

Bettina Shultz-Jobe, MA, LPC
Natural Lifemanship Co-Founder

Tim Jobe
Natural Lifemanship Co-Founder


Preparing for Trauma Processing – 1

Length: 21 minutes

In this lesson, the focus of the Preparing for Trauma Processing workshop is introduced. The co-presenters, Bettina, Tim and Kathleen, discuss the importance of helping the client and the horse…

Preparing for Trauma Processing – 2

Length: 19 minutes

In this lesson, Tim begins to ask for connection with the horse, Jack. The discussion centers around the group’s observations of Jack’s behavior and the process of cultivating connection. Tim…

Preparing for Trauma Processing – 3

Length: 22 minutes

The nuances of “holding space” are discussed in this video. Tim continues to emphasize why it’s important for Jack to have a strong connection with him and how this is…

Preparing for Trauma Processing – 4

Length: 25 minutes

This lesson addresses the importance of using the halter and lead rope as tools for connection and communication and not for controlling the horse. The issue of resistance is discussed.…

Preparing for Trauma Processing – 5

Length: 19 minutes

How do we know when a client is ready for mounted work? This lesson shares several strategies for assessing client readiness and while gaining information that helps to inform the…

Preparing for Trauma Processing – 6

Length: 16 minutes

In this lesson, several simple exercises for playing with and assessing balance are demonstrated. You will gain: Exercises to do with clients on the ground An understanding of how to…

Preparing for Trauma Processing – 7

Length: 19 minutes

As Tim and Bettina prepare to do mounted work with Kathleen, they field a few more questions from the participants. You will understand: The 3 major themes of trauma experiences…

Preparing for Trauma Processing – 8

Length: 22 minutes

Tim, Bettina, and Kathleen demonstrate the mechanics of mounting and dismounting and discuss other considerations related to safety. How to prepare to mount with connection is also discussed and demonstrated.…

Preparing for Trauma Processing – 9

Length: 28 minutes

In this lesson, a process of Rhythmic Riding is demonstrated. The team begins to move around the roundpen. Bettina guides Kathleen between connecting with the sensations in her body and…

Preparing for Trauma Processing – 10

Length: 18 minutes

In this lesson you’ll learn some of the nuances of guiding a client through building connection and neural integration while on the back of a horse. You will learn: How…

Preparing for Trauma Processing – 11

Length: 16 minutes

In this lesson, the team continues to move and begins intentionally incorporating tasks that engage the neocortex. Kathleen is asked to stay connected with her body and with Jack as…

Preparing for Trauma Processing – 12

Length: 17 minutes

The team wraps up by debriefing what participants observed and answering questions. Bettina reiterates what was occurring, therapeutically speaking, throughout the process. The team talked more about how to discern…

Course Evaluation and Final Quiz

To earn 4 CE credits you must complete a final quiz and a course evaluation. To complete the course evaluation, please click HERE. The brief (4 minute) questionnaire will open…