Therapy for Traumatized Horses
People, particularly soldiers, may experience PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder). Horses, too, can suffer from the disorder. Such animals may have been exposed to chronic stress, constant adrenaline, cruel treatment, poor training, and other traumatic-inspiring situations.
They can manifest their problems in poor behavior, having the fight/flight syndrome, being hyper-vigilant about the world around them, and becoming distrustful and unmanageable.
My heroine in For Ruby’s Love is a horse therapist, sometimes known for being a horse whisperer. Calhoun is a rancher who had a tragic barn fire that resulted in the loss of a couple of his horses and the traumatization of his prize-breeding mare. He had hired the services of Ruby and her father to hopefully emotionally heal the horse, but when it’s only going to be her… Well, he’s not agreeable.
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Here are some interesting and helpful links it you would like to know more about horse therapy and training.
Harmony Horseworks: http://www.harmonyhorseworks.com/newsletters/news06-10.htm
Empowering Horses: http://empoweringhorses.blogspot.com/2010/04/healing-for-horses.html
Wise Wild Horses: http://www.wisewildhorses.com/home/index.html
The Horse Whisperer Method of Horse Training: http://www.infobarrel.com/The_Horse_Whisperer_Method_of_Horse_Training
How Can We Help Horses Get Over Traumatic Experiences: http://beeandthehorse.com/2014/09/25/traumatic-experiences-horses/
Training Horses Naturally: http://www.training-horses-naturally.com/the-horse-whisperer.html
Horse Whisperer: http://www.horsewhisperer.com/tips.htm
How to Become a Horse Whisperer: http://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-%22Horse-Whisperer%22
by Starla Kaye