A sketch of a horse and a tiger, head to head

Tiger Talk:

Where Somatic Experiencing® and Attachment Meet Equine-Assisted Practice

A Trauma-Informed Blog

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

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

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?

*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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