Horses

Therapy Horses Demonstrate How They Help Humans' Mental Health

10171cf328c05ca17a01_spring_reins_6_3_2018007.JPG
A volunteer from the audience tries to convince Mifi to come with him during a mock veteran's session at Spring Reins of Life's open house and demo on June 3, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
90da1ff280abf16f0fe2_spring_reins_6_3_2018001.JPG
Danny Rongo, founder of Dr. Onesong Foundation and Christianna Capra sing a duet during the Spring Reins of Life open house on June 3, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
f6b28224358ad32c37c8_spring_reins_6_3_2018002.JPG
A volunteer from the audience gets close to Dane during a mock veteran's session at Spring Reins of Life's open house and demo on June 3, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
05ad992463c6e38fcaf8_spring_reins_6_3_2018003.JPG
A volunteer from the audience tries to convince Mifi to come with him during a mock veteran's session at Spring Reins of Life's open house and demo on June 3, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
a9bff0bda97c22581c32_spring_reins_6_3_2018004.JPG
A volunteer from the audience successfully convinces Dane to come with him during a mock veteran's session at Spring Reins of Life's open house and demo on June 3, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
a0e9e77ca83a6a2eef3f_spring_reins_6_3_2018005.JPG
A volunteer from the audience tries to convince Syriana to come with him during a mock veteran's session at Spring Reins of Life's open house and demo on June 3, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
2d63fb77899cb9356c33_spring_reins_6_3_2018006.JPG
A volunteer from the audience tries gets closes to Syriana during a mock veteran's session at Spring Reins of Life's open house and demo on June 3, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
9dd0feb11887ac9fa865_spring_reins_6_3_2018008.JPG
A volunteer from the audience walks alongside Mifi during a mock equine assisted psychotherapy session at Spring Reins of Life's open house and demo on June 3, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
be3a120da0d89a15dbd7_spring_reins_6_3_2018009.JPG
A volunteer from the audience meets Syriana during a mock equine assisted psychotherapy session at Spring Reins of Life's open house and demo on June 3, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
0a57d9ef525215e2fd83_spring_reins_6_3_2018010.JPG
A volunteer from the audience approaches Dane during a mock equine assisted psychotherapy session at Spring Reins of Life's open house and demo on June 3, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
b0a9ce27523905b6b235_spring_reins_6_3_2018011.JPG
Mifi checks out the EAGALA banner during Spring Reins of Life's open house and demo on June 3, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
24c72600c71ab71bac9e_spring_reins_6_3_2018012.JPG
Aravind Krishnan, right, member of Boy Scout Troop 489 speaks about his Eagle Scout project of building a new shelter for the horses during Spring Reins of Life's open house and demo on June 3, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
985ccd4cf0119d711fcf_spring_reins_6_3_2018013.JPG
An expectant momma donkey and her daughter greet visitors at Spring Reins of Life's open house on June 3, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
10171cf328c05ca17a01_spring_reins_6_3_2018007.JPG

THREE BRIDGES, N.J. — Visitors got a glimpse of how horses are used in mental health therapies during Spring Reins of Life’s open house on June 3.

Spring Reins of Life is a non-profit , EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) model program offering Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) which incorporates the use of horses for therapeutic intervention toward promoting emotional growth and healing.

Due to privacy laws, no one is allowed to observe an actual session so volunteers were picked from the audience for abbreviated mock sessions. The team of professionals which includes psychotherapists and equine experts explained what was going on.

Sign Up for E-News

There is no riding is involved. Instead the clients interact with the horses which are free to reciprocate — or simply walk away. During the demonstrations, the horses reacted differently to different people. After the session the volunteers were asked to describe their experience in one word. One gentlemen used the word "stubborn." He at first tried to get Mifi to come with him by using a yellow, plastic chain as a lead. Mifi walked way, repeatedly. Earlier though, Mifi allowed woman to get close to her, hand feed her grass and even walked alongside her.   

Christianna Capra, founder of the organization explained that using “clean words” was important in asking  the clients about what they experienced. The idea is not to influence their thinking by choosing the wrong words but allow what they actually feel or think to come to the surface. The clients often project their own feelings when describing what the horse was doing and why. For example, instead of saying the client was walking with the horse, she would say they walked alongside each other. The word "with" implies a bond which may not actually exist. 

Maria Katsamanis, Psy.D, BCB, an EAGALA Certified Mental Health Professional as well as an EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist along with Erin Reyhan, LCSW, EAGALA Certified Mental Health Professional explained what they look for during the sessions. They said they look for patterns and changes in the behaviors or actions of both horses and humans.

Spring Reins of Life provides services to military veterans and their families, bereaved children, at-risk/high-risk youth and addiction recovery.

Danny Rongo, a singer, ordained minister and founder of the Dr. Onesong Foundation http://dannyrongo.com/the-dr-onesong-foundation/ provided entertainment and emceed the event.

Also at the open house was Aravind Krishnan, a member of Boy Scout Troop 489 who is working on building a new shelter for the horses so they can have access to more pasture space. He needs to raise $5,000 for the project. He is holding a walkathon on June 16 at Ann Van Middlesworth Park in Hillsborough. For more information contact him at 732-614-7125 or aravindmkrishnan@gmail.com or his project coach at jkwirz@comcast.net.

There is also a contest to guess when a momma donkey will deliver her next foal. The donkey and her baby from last year were rescued by the farm owner and given to Capra as a Christmas gift in December. It was not known at the time that the mother was pregnant again so her due date is anyone’s guess. The average gestation length in donkeys is about one year and donkeys can conceive again as early as five days after birth.

For more information about Spring Reins of Life see www.springreinsoflife.org, call 347-886-2798 or e-mail info@springreinsoflife.org

See more Equestrian news at www.TAPintoHorses.net

Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TAPintoHorses/

Sign Up for E-News to get top stories delivered daily to your inbox.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Holmdel & Colts Neck

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_e58a0c428ed1de546878_mini_magick20180615-55351-12ueg0s

Wed, June 20, 7:00 PM

Town Hall, Holmdel

Holmdel Zoning Board

Carousel_image_c5d105d4eeb08edcd562_homerunderby

Sat, June 23, 3:00 PM

Laird Field, Colt Neck

Tony Garito Memorial Colts Neck Home Run Derby

Sports

Carousel_image_480ea0c45fdafa19036e_bellmarket

Wed, June 27, 5:30 PM

Bell Market @ Bell Works, Holmdel

Holmdel Chamber of Commerce Hosts Networking ...

Carousel_image_28d616aa219d8d17cb64_919074_l

Wed, June 27, 5:30 PM

Bell Market @ Bell Works, Holmdel

Holmdel Chamber of Commerce Networking Happy Hour ...

Business & Finance Food & Drink

Holmdel Resident to Play Carla in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights

June 19, 2018

HOLMDEL, N.J. - Holmdel resident Sarah Coleman will be playing a lead role in Phoenix Productions’ upcoming June revival of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights.This show, sponsored by D’Agostino and Associates “The Injury Firm,” will take place at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank from June 22-24.

Sarah joins the cast as naive Carla, a young and pretty ...

Houghtaling Bill to Boost School Security Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling to ensure school buildings are safe was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-4147) would require school districts to annually conduct a school safety audit for each of its buildings using a standardized checklist. The school district would submit the completed audit to the state Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and ...

2018 Holmdel High School Senior Walk: A Stroll Through the Times of their Lives

June 19, 2018

HOLMDEL, N.J. - The new tradition of the Holmdel Senior Walk continued Tuesday to laughter, cheers and tears. Holmdel's Class of 2018 took one of the most meaningful strolls of their life through, well, their lives. They traveled through time to visit all the schools of their K-12 career. While still young today, they were oh so young in Kindergarten. Holmdel schools shared ...

Obituaries

Aug 28, 1938 - May 22, 2018
Karen A. Brooks, 79 of Colts Neck, passed away on Tuesday, May 22nd at Silver Care Center ...
Read more
Feb 2, 1936 - May 20, 2018
Margaret M. Woj, 82, of New Smyrna Beach, FL. passed away on Sunday, May 20th, 2018 in Port Orange, ...
Read more

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...