The Magic Healing of Horses

Many years ago I volunteered at a therapeutic riding program. I was a “side walker”, helping children feel secure on the horses. The program that I worked for didn’t do vaulting, but I was amazed by how much confidence they gained from the experience: nonverbal children vocalized and the children beamed with the pleasure of […]

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The Flying Frenchman Wins Individual Gold in Vaulting

I watched quite a bit of the vaulting during the World Equestrian Games and while it’s a discipline I don’t know much about, the performances were captivating. Certainly, vaulting brings to mind trick riding or circus performances, but the discipline actually goes back to ancient times. Some consider vaulting to have initiated with “bull leaping” […]

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Do horses suffer from work-related burnout?

Most of the horses I see lead pretty good lives. They work an hour or so 4-6 times per week and are pampered with supplements, massages, and cozy blankets. They have plenty to eat and are kept in plush accommodations. There jobs may seem easy to us, who have to put up with work related […]

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