Our equine team members consists of two beautiful mares, a black roan named “Midnight” and a bay named "Dixie”, plus two handsome geldings, a black/white pinto named “Beau” and a true golden palomino named “Doc”. Our pint-size team members are a miniature horse named "Dolly" and a small Shetland pony named "Tiny Tim". All are as gentle as they can be and they are excellent “people readers”
THERAPY HORSES AT HEALING HOOVES
Midnight (Midi) is sassy, loyal, and determined to respond with warm regard. She quietly shows a strong desire to please her humans by twitching her ears from side to side and giving a gentle glance. She appreciates trust and respect as evidenced by her ability to provide trust and respect.
Dixie is a thoroughbred and the fastest of the horses! Despite her physical endurance and toughness, she is remarkably gentle and laid back! She loves affection and big hugs.
Doc has had his share of trauma and neglect. He was very emaciated when he was rescued by my dear friend. She saw him in an over-stocked pasture, literally fighting for his life. Look at him now! Doc is very satisfied on the lush pasture at Healing Hooves
LLC. His background and experiences allow him to connect indiscriminately and easily with others.
Tall and stunning, Beau's markings draw attention! He is humble, honest, and trusting.
Dolly is a miniature pony that is a charmer. Although she is small, she is full-size in personality and pzazz! Her mother died when Dolly was born. She became a bottle baby , as well as, a life-long stablemate to our other pony, Tiny Tim. Always full of spunk, she runs to greet us at feeding time!
Tiny is a spotted shetland pony who is steady and quiet, exept when we groom his long, thick tall! He's been Dolly's reliable friend since she was a foal. They are an inseparable pair. Tim is a bit independent and stays to himself, but never too far from Dolly!
Ms. Glenn is skilled and experienced in a wide variety of treatment specialties:
Treatable issues include: Grief Work (including pet loss), Life Balance Problems, Life Transitions, Relationship Conflict, Self-Esteem, Stress, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma, Family Conflict, Substance Use, and others.
Ms. Glenn is experienced working with children, adults, and older adults in a variety of settings including children and family services agencies, geriatric care, drug and alcohol treatment centers, mental health centers and hospitals and others. She has also worked with first responders, including the military, law enforcement, legal and medical professionals.
LAURA E GLENN, LICSW PIP, HEALING HOOVES THERAPIST
Research has confirmed many equine therapy benefits. It lowers your blood pressure and heart rate, alleviates stress and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression. Equine therapy also helps people struggling with addictions or mental illness.
Horses respond in the moment, giving immediate feedback. They are masters of body language and know how you feel even before you do. They challenge you to reflect upon your own behavior providing excellent opportunities for problem solving and personal growth.
As horses are large and powerful animals, they can be intimidating. For some people, this presents them with a challenge as soon as they start therapy - to overcome this fear. Combating this initial issue can be incredibly liberating and helps to boost feelings of confidence and self-esteem. Accomplishing tasks and gaining the trust of such animals only continues to reinforce these feelings of empowerment.
Horses are herd animals, which means they naturally desire company and often want to be led. This makes them very social animals that want to create bonds - and this can be especially poignant when it comes to humans. Horses are therefore ideal for this type of therapy, as they will be inclined to develop a relationship with you when you are ready.
Because they have their own personality, Horses can be incredibly human in their personalities - they can be stubborn and seemingly defiant at times. They like to have fun and often turn exercises into games. Horses can be incredibly caring too. If you are upset, they often respond in a nurturing manner. These personality traits make horses a natural companion during the therapeutic process, providing vast opportunity for growth.
Equine Assisted Therapy is beneficial for a range of different issues, including the following: Addiction, Anxiety, Autism, Anger, Behavior Problems like low self-confidence, trauma and many others.