SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2022 LOCATION: Inspiration Ranch
8:00-9:00am // Cowboy Church
Session M // 9:00-10:00amM1, Maintaining the Equine, Part 1 CR All Equine bodywork is a must for all equines in the industry. This session is an introduction to the basics of equine bodywork and addressing what you can to prevent injuries, wear & tear issues and stress-related conditions.
Helen Evans is originally from the UK. She graduated Ag college in small animal care and equine management with Honors and spent several years as a trainer for the leading dog rescue, specializing in puppy training and nervous behaviors in dogs. She then moved to an equine veterinary hospital for 10 years before moving to the US in 2010. Always a horse owner since a young age, she missed the equines and quickly discovered SIRE. She volunteered for a year and then went through certification to become an instructor and took the role of equine manager at SIRE Fort Bend. Four years ago, she became site manager and still enjoys teaching and getting hands on the horses at SIRE. Helen has a strong interest in bodywork for animals and has, over the last eight years, gained certifications in equine sports massage and equine bodywork.
M2, A Little Respect CR All Treating our horses sensitively and thoughtfully is essential. Horses partnered in therapeutic work frequently burn out. This session will teach thoughtful equine handling by awakening the attendees to what it's like to be a horse—with all of its innate sensitivities and protective behaviors—with the end result that our horses can enjoy the work longer.
Dea Martin is a PATH Intl. CTRI, owns and runs Big Wish Farm in Alvin, Texas, and instructs for the SoléAna Stables program as well. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky, where she lived and worked on the equine research farm. Dea will happily talk horses with anyone who will listen, for any length of time, and frequently shares her unsolicited opinions with anyone on the equine aisle at Tractor Supply (according to her husband). She has over 40 years’ experience in the horse industry and looks it.
M3, Improving Your Horse & Yourself Through Groundwork, Part 1 CR All Learn how to use a horse's nature to strengthen ridden and healthy horse behavior. Learn to use a horse's herd and prey instinct to improve confidence and performance both by horse handlers and riders.
Bob Byrnssee Session K3.
Session N // 10:15-11:15am N1, Maintaining the Equine, Part 1 CR All See Session M1. N2, The Body, The Brain and EAP DE Attachment theory suggests an evolutionarily advantage, especially in primates, for the forming of close emotional bonds with significant others. The patterns of attachment established in infancy have been shown to affect the individual's later emotional development, relationships and emotional stability. Polyvagal theory suggests that individuals having grown surrounded by chaos, neglect, abuse and chronic fear learn to depend upon immobilization, dissociation and emotional dysregulation. Research on this phenomenon is discovering that in both children and adults having experienced chronic neglect or abuse and who experience poor or stressful relationships, traditional office therapy is often insufficient in treating the deep-seated trauma. This lecture will look at psychotherapy incorporating equines through the lenses of Polyvagal and Attachment theory in which the emphasis on relationships can help regulate the stress response. Examples of equine-client interventions and the role of the psychotherapist will be explored and discussed as critical components in regulating the stress response system and inviting regulation.
Leslie McCullough, PhD, LCSW-S, has been providing psychotherapy incorporating equines to populations at-risk for almost 40 years, 33 of those years practicing psychotherapy incorporating equines. She is a long-standing member of NARHA then PATH Intl. Leslie served on the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association and is currently a member of the ESMHL subcommittee. Leslie co-authored the “Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning” workshop alongside three other long-standing PATH Intl. members and has been teaching the course since 2005. Leslie is back in Texas working as the clinical director at Healing with Horses Ranch.
Patty D'Andrea is the founder and program director at Healing with Horses Ranch (HHR) based in the greater Austin area. Patty is a PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor and CTRI and has 30 years of experience in therapeutic horsemanship.
N3, Improving Your Horse and Yourself Through Groundwork, Part 2 CR All See Session M3.
Session O // 11:30-12:30pm O1, Saddle FittingCR Riding Examples of different types of saddles and therapeutic pads will be exhibited and explained. Participants will be given the opportunity to model different horse backs, build a mockup and use it to actually fit saddles on a variety of horses. Bob Byrns see Session K3.