How horses can help with mental health | UNC-TV

How horses can help with mental health | UNC-TV


>>To be in a field with horses
that are free to be horses. How often does that
happen for people? They’re a 1000 plus pound animal and you’re being asked to go
into their space.>>Today you have permission to
go out and we encourage you, to your level of comfort spend
time with the horses. What we would like you to get
out of today is paying attention to those cues. How does the horse respond to
whatever tool you’re using? ♪>>Sometimes we have clients
who what we call our therapy savvy, I know what’s wrong with
me, I know what you need to hear and so let’s
get this over with. And when you bring the horse
component in, all the senses are being brought into the picture,
not just conversation and not just talk therapy. This is a
tool for the tool box. Let’s circle up.
Let’s circle up. What did you see?
What did you experience?>>I feel a sense of importance for building trust
with them, so I try and go from the side, and like
of her slowly.>>Gonna pause
for second there. Apply that to working
with a client apply that to somebody in your
helping profession. I feel that pairs with meeting a
client where there are. So if they’re not ready to be talking with
you or come out with their problems then they’re going to
stay keep their distance but once they’re ready they’ll take
the first step forward. [snorting]>>There’s something really
cool about working with an animal that’s not trained to
respond to you, but it’s still so gentle. They feel soulful,
having to be okay with — the same ol’ mare may not
come up to you, and also if they don’t come up to that I know
that that doesn’t mean they don’t like you, but I think
as a human there’s a lot of, “I want them to like me. “I want the animal to
interact with me.”>>We have an agenda, and
sometimes our agenda gets the best of us and we’re not
serving our clients. Where Beth and I have seen that in the
arena is when a person goes up to a horse and the
horse might walk away and the person goes up
to the horse, and the horse will walk away. And the person goes up to the horse and the ears start
to go back. and that person is up to the
horse and the tail starts to
swish and the ears go back. What we try to do with our
clients is to have them understand that communication. That horse is setting a boundary that boundary needs to be
respected just like we set boundaries for ourselves.>>I think of them as
kind of that barometer. By working with them and
partnering with them, you can start to ask yourself
questions about you. [birds chirping]>>Do we want them to
introduce themselves to the horses or just –?
>>Sure.>>Whatever that looks
like for you. We ask clients to create your
story create your world.>>What you got on that
one over there? Nibbles?>>It’s almost like
this blank canvas, this whole arena or field is their
story board, and they went right away to — the horses
became their students.>>That whole thing was kind of
like a new year, you know like you walk beside the students,
you kind of see where they’re at you don’t know if they like us
are not yet, but they know that they trust us.>>Yeah.
>>That they trust us.>>Was about their school and
about how they want to help kids succeed.
>>Good job, Nibbles.>>All right, now we’ve
got to get, Jack.>>Oh, are you hungry?>>Stringing the hay along
with the carrot. I just can’t help but
wonder like apply that for me to what you do.>>Yeah.>>We can put those
observations out there and the client may connect them in
their story. But it’s through this other
being that’s in there, this other partner.>>So our communication with the
kid that’s — hey you know let’s work together
so we can get this. And I think that’s kind
of what we did here. Let’s work together
to get you this.>>You came in here very humble
saying I don’t know anything about horses, and so I’m
kind of at the mercy of whatever the horse tells me
it wants me to know about it, right? And that’s exactly the way it is with students and clients
and other clientele that we work with. They are going to be the expert
of their own experience. Take some time to say
goodbye to your students.>>If they just heard about it through a book or read
an article they wouldn’t have a clue. Now they’ve come out,
they’ve experienced it. 10 years down the road, I’m going to remember hey,
there was something, I had this this client that really needs
something different. It’s just not working
for them anymore.>>It is hard to convey what it
is that’s happening in this in this type of work. I think that’s
the hardest part. But if I can get to the farm it
teaches itself.

Daniel Yohans

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