During this three-day intensive workshop, you will delve deeply into Rhythmic Riding™, the mounted component of TF-EAP.
One of the greatest challenges of doing or facilitating mounted work in TF-EAP is that people tend to lose a focus on connection and instead resort to power, domination and control while on the horse’s back. Although they may work hard at building a connected relationship on the ground, people will naturally feel it is their responsibility to control the horse once they are on his or her back. Because of this we are very careful and intentional about how we introduce mounted work in sessions, and how we teach it to EAP practitioners at our trainings.
The purpose of mounted work in TF-EAP is to deepen the connection the client experiences with the horse while leveraging the physiological support that the movement of the horse provides.
Properly facilitated by the therapy team, mounted work provides a powerful opportunity for the client to deepen their sense of connection with themselves and with their horse while experiencing somatosensory input of a quality that reorganizes the brain. Bottom up regulation is promoted by engaging the brainstem with rhythmic, patterned, repetitive, bilateral movement that the client does not have to produce for themselves. With the lower regions regulated and organized the client is better able to access the midbrain regions responsible for connection.
- How to tell when areas of the brain are regulated or dysregulated
- Ways to promote bottom up regulation with various kinds of sensory input
- Ways to teach top down regulation capitalizing on the eustress provided while mounted
- How to introduce mounted work in a way that promotes bottom up and/or top down regulation while deepening the client’s sense of connection with self and with their horse
- When it is appropriate to dismount and practice regulation skills outside the round pen
- How the equine professional may discern when to maintain the connection with the horse on a lead rope or release that connection to the client who is mounted
- The difference between making a request by connecting with the horse versus by controlling her
- How to integrate music in Rhythmic Riding
About the Rhythmic Riding Intensive
- We use both didactic and experiential instruction that consists of groundwork and mounted work. The training will not take place entirely on horseback.
- The intensive is limited to 10 people.
- This training provides the foundation for learning how to do trauma processing on the back of a horse (a training that will be offered beginning in 2018).
- The Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship is prerequisite to this training.
NOTE: This training is NOT a requirement for Natural Lifemanship certification, however it may meet the requirement of attending an Intensive training with the condition that the participant is actively enrolled in certification and receiving regular consultations when they take the Rhythmic Riding Intensive.