Pseudoscience: A Brief Rant

Pseudoscience: A Brief Rant

For once, I will not be writing a thorough treatise on the topic in question, as I’m facing other deadlines at the moment. However, I did want to say this:   There are a LOT of pseudoscience claims floating around the internet about heart rate variability, co-regulation, and the vagus nerve, in general and in […]

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Somatic Experiencing® for Horses?

Somatic Experiencing® for Horses?

The following is a series of videos that explores the polyvagal theory, Somatic Experiencing®, attachment theory, and developmental neuroscience in the context of working with horses to overcome fear-related issues. To view the videos in higher resolution (720p or 1080p), click on the gear crank icon at the bottom right of the video, then click […]

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The Polyvagal Theory and Horses: An Introduction

The Polyvagal Theory and Horses: An Introduction

This post has been a long time coming.  The single reason as to why this has not gotten written yet is because I’ve been focusing my writing efforts on the book I have in the works (which includes this topic), that writing a separate blog post on the same subject felt like a repetitive task. […]

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Healing with Horses: Equine-Assisted Trauma Recovery

Healing with Horses: Equine-Assisted Trauma Recovery

Article first appeared in Equine Leadership magazine, 3rd edition (March 20, 2018, pages 8-11) Healing from trauma is a process that can be daunting, especially when there is a lack of trauma-specific treatment options available in a particular area. Survivors who have exhausted traditional talk therapy modalities and ​who do not have access to specialized […]

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The Horsemanship Methods Debate

The Horsemanship Methods Debate

  Out beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing, there is a field.  I’ll meet you there. –Rumi The IAABC Journal has just released an article reviewing Parelli natural horsemanship training methods.  The conversations on social media in response to this post have been enlightening and have inspired me to put down some of my reflections […]

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Call for Assistants, Consultants and Providers

Call for Assistants, Consultants and Providers

Over the years, many Somatic Experiencing® students and practitioners have been combining SE and equine-assisted interventions, recognizing the powerful combination of the two in the context of “healing with horses” type programs. For the past few years, I have been formulating EQUUSOMA™ a training model of equine-assisted trauma recovery combining Somatic Experiencing®, attachment theory, polyvagal theory, trauma-informed […]

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Equine-Assisted Trauma Recovery Book Chapters

Equine-Assisted Trauma Recovery Book Chapters

Trauma Healing Editors Kay Sudekum Trotter and Jennifer Baggerly sent the final manuscript of Equine-Assisted Mental Health for Healing Trauma to the publisher today, which will be available through Routledge this fall. The chapter authors were invited to contribute to this publication, and it is an honour to have been contacted with this request.  I […]

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Why Horses Lick and Chew – A Polyvagal Lens

Why Horses Lick and Chew – A Polyvagal Lens

By Sarah Schlote Every so often, this article makes the rounds on social media. The author suggests that horses lick and chew when they are coming down out of a sympathetic nervous system (SNS) or stress response back into parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) relaxation range. The article also equates the SNS with pain, threat, confusion, […]

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Can Animals Consent?

Can Animals Consent?

*Originally published on the Natural Lifemanship Guest Contributor Blog, January 4, 2018 By Sarah Schlote This interesting question, which came out of a post I shared on Facebook (here and here) about a yoga on horseback video that went viral recently, elicits differing opinions. Some claim that consent is a human construct linked to morality, […]

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