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Equine Assisted Therapy

June 10, 2012
Messenger News

A free demonstration of Equine Assisted Therapy will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Webster County Fairgrounds Indoor Arena. The event is sponsored by Stable Connections, a nonprofit organization with its Fort Dodge office located at Cana, 18 S. Third St.

"This will give a brief overview of Equine Assisted Therapy, to let people participate so they know what we're talking about, since this is new to this area," said Tanya Moffitt, operations manager and horse handler for Stable Connections.

No experience with horses is needed. People will stay on the ground at all times.

"Equine Assisted philosophy can be used for therapeutic purposes, or for personal growth learning," said Moffitt. "This deals with the inner person. It's for all age groups, from corporate team building to post-traumatic stress disorder."

She said Equine therapy could help kids work on problem behaviors at school, and accelerate the process of traditional therapy.

"Horses are 'mirror animals,'" said Barbara Huisman of Cana.

She said at a previous horse therapy session, "There was a kid standing by the fence, and a horse standing there on the other side just looking at him. He crossed his legs, and the horse crossed its front legs. Horses can be very attuned to people."

For more information, contact Moffitt at 230-4020, or



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