Spiritual creatures, to be loved...

... cared for, partnered with, and most of all learned from, this is what horses are to me. All of them, regardless of the breed, age or color, provide us human beings with tremendous learning and growing opportunities, everyday, in so many ways... they teach us about unconditional love, they teach us about spirit, the ability to go beyond our spirit and to reach places within and outside of ourselves we never dreamed about. I have devoted my life to protect the spirit of the horse and to find ways to be the best friend I can possibly be to them and I assist others who strive for the same goal.

 
Equine Touch™ transformed this mare from nervous to calm within minutes. 

Equine Touch™ transformed this mare from nervous to calm within minutes. 

EQUINE TOUCH™ 

Body work is beneficial for all of us. Equine Touch™ is one of my specialities because it can lead to significant results. Equine Touch™  is a gentle, hands-on discipline that works on a complete holistic level, in that it adresses the equine as a whole, without any particular focus on any individual problematic areas of the body.  It is non-invasively addressing the connective tissue such as fascia, muscles, tendons and ligaments. The tissue is mobilized and "stimulated" by using a specific move, or a series of moves, over precise points of the horse´s body. These could be acupuncture points, trigger points or sites of common injuries. By addressing the meridian pathways, together with muscles and fascia, the Equine Touch ™ crosses the line between physical bodywork and an energy modality. It can have the effect of inducing deep relaxation releasing hypertonic and traumatized muscles, improving muscle tone, encouraging recovery from injury and muscle atrophy, reducing the pain spiral and assisting in detoxification and lymphatic drainage by increasing circulation. The horse´s awareness is changed and it is encouraged to rebalance not only physically but emotionally for deep relaxation also encourages the autonomic nervous system to drop toward repair and renewal. Energy blockages and unwanted structures appear to dissolve as the flow of Ki is stimulated through the meridians. This allows the horse to tap into its own innate healing ability and to allow it to work to its maximum potential.

Your Horse will thank you. 

Foals are full-faculty learners from birth, and using techniques that are too aggressive or too ineffective, for instance, can have a life-long impact on that horse´s behavior, or acceptance of humans. 

Foals are full-faculty learners from birth, and using techniques that are too aggressive or too ineffective, for instance, can have a life-long impact on that horse´s behavior, or acceptance of humans. 

HORSE DEVELOPMENT/BEHAVIOR

A trusting relationship from the start causes all handling and training to be easier in coming years, learn how to develop this from birth. Also, evaluating what is causing an adult horse to "misbehave" can determine how to resolve many troubles and issues. 

It has been my experience, that many horse owners and riders find themselves frustrated because of behaviors that they don´t know how to change. It is especially important if those behaviors create dangerous situations, that a resolution be found. Of course, sometimes we can "ride it out", but that is not always the most feasible choice, for obvious reasons. Having years of experience in training horses, and teaching humans both in ground skills and riding skills, I have learned many techniques that will help a variety of horse and human types, in a variety of situations. The teachers who have helped me on this Journey (besides the horse), have been John Lyons, Richard Shrake, Buck Brannaman, Pat Parelli and Mark Rashid. Of course, there have been many others… too numerous to mention, but appreciated none the less. We can evaluate what the undesirable behavior is, and track the source. Then we can build a new foundation for a desirable outcome!

Discover some new keys to true partnership.

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ABOUT ME

I was fortunate to spend most of my life on farms and ranches, so horses were always very close to me.  From a humble beginning with a mare who was my first horse, and produced 5 foals for me, to having a breeding/boarding/training facility in southern Michigan, I eventually found a way to understand horses better, by studying the works of John Lyons, Mark Rashid, and especially Pat Parelli.  My training through Parelli Natural Horsemanship brought me to working at the Atwood Ranch in northern California, where the mares and foals in our care taught me volumes of information!!  A Hippotherapy facility brought me to southeastern Arizona, and then when I moved into Tucson, I was invited to work in Equine Facilitated Learning with Barbara Collier, BSN, LPC, SEP.  My Equine partner, Freedom is part of a 3-horse healing herd, and is very happy NOT to be trail riding anymore!! Camping, hiking and cycling are also Joys of my life - especially with David.   

Recently I was honored with the opportunity to do an interview with Tucson´s Community Radio station KXCI, on their "Broad Perspectives" program. You can listen to the full interview by clicking the link below:  

Recently I was honored with the opportunity to do an interview with Tucson´s Community Radio station KXCI, on their "Broad Perspectives" program. You can listen to the full interview by clicking the link below:  

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"This is an example of EFL with my 91-yr. old mother. What a SMILE she carried around!"

"This is an example of EFL with my 91-yr. old mother. What a SMILE she carried around!"

EQUINE FACILITATED LEARNING (EFL)

- EQUINIMITY IN TUCSON, A - 

Horses can teach us how to build healthy relationships based on acceptance, mutual trust and respect. Based in Tucson, AZ, Equinimity is an innovative non-profit organization created to bring equine-assisted trauma-informed learning to those who may not be able to afford it otherwise. Equinimity offers highly effective experiential equine-facilitated learning programs and services for adults, teens and children who are recovering from past or present trauma. Horses have a natural ability to be fully present and to respond exquisitely - in real time - to a person´s emotional state. In essence, horses are a living, breathing source of biofeedback. As a bridge to greater wholeness, horses are intuitive partners. Come with us on a heart-opening interactive healing journey. Deepen your ability to feel connected. Learn to feel trust again.

We are here for you.  

 
Red Light Therapy on a very young foal with a shoulder injury.  

Red Light Therapy on a very young foal with a shoulder injury.  

HORSE HEALTH 

Essential Oils, Homeopathy, Red Light Therapy, the right balance of quality hay, minerals and herbs... can make a huge difference in your horse. In todays fast moving world, there is a plethora of information about what you can buy in order to maintain your horse´s health, or treat injuries or illnesses. It can be very overwhelming.

Years of studying alternative methods of building healthy immune systems, which in turn can prevent taking unnecessary measures for treating illnesses, have given me a wide range of modalities to choose from. Having become certified as an Equine Touch™ Practitioner required me to learn important aspects of all-around horse health, especially in regards to good dental care, quality hoof care, and well-fitting saddles. Studying the benefits of and application of Red Light Therapy has deepened my awareness of meridians and acupressure points, which are critical aspects of applying techniques which allow the horse to heal itself. As a horse owner, it is very important to be as educated as you can be, in order to help your equine friends live a long, healthy and happy life! 

Empower yourself. 

It is my belief, through the years of interacting with horses and humans and their horses, that the horse is an amazingly spiritual animal. I believe that innately, they will do their best to communicate with us - if we just listen.
— Jeanie Shepherd
The family cat, Deanna, enjoys her own set of crystals; another modality of alternative healing.... click on the picture below for some interesting insight! 

The family cat, Deanna, enjoys her own set of crystals; another modality of alternative healing.... click on the picture below for some interesting insight! 

 

If you would like to improve the communication with your horse do not hesitate to connect with me. I love to share what I´ve learned and I´d love to help you. 

jeanie@loveandlighthorsemanship.com

(530) 513 4590

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