Bridle Paths

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What an Incredible Day.. and well the last 3 days.. HORSES REALLY DO HAVE OUR 6.. #IGY6 so Incredible. maybe it should be #HGY6
Katie Fallon and I.P. THANK YOU.. From My Soul... Thank you....
http://www.operationwearehere.com/EquineTherapy.html
Some of the participants (new friends )today wondered about resources for Veterans and Horses..
Atticus and I Enjoyed our visit today..
Thank you Katie Fallon.

Bridle Paths offers strength, support, and healing to individuals and families faced with physical, cognitive, psychological, and emotional needs, through safe, effective, and high quality equine assisted activities.

Adaptive Riding
Equine Assisted Learning
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Operating as usual

One Leadership Skill That Turned 12 'Horse Soldiers' Into An Elite Commando Team 09/11/2021

One Leadership Skill That Turned 12 'Horse Soldiers' Into An Elite Commando Team

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/carminegallo/2018/01/21/one-leadership-skill-that-turned-12-horse-soldiers-into-an-elite-commando-team/amp/

One Leadership Skill That Turned 12 'Horse Soldiers' Into An Elite Commando Team In October, 2001, small teams of American soldiers on horseback defeated thousands of Taliban fighters because the soldiers were trained in one critical leadership skill: Persuasion.

Photos from Bridle Paths's post 09/10/2021

Thanks so much to this fantastic group from Brambleton Middle School for spending their morning with us. These generous students marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a service project here at the farm. Lisa Reinstein Yvonne Lucas, Red Moon Farm LLC #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #loveloudoun #neverforget

09/09/2021

Howdy neighbor! 🤠 Erin Gilmore Photography

Howdy neighbor! 🤠 Erin Gilmore Photography

09/07/2021

I ordered hay for delivery at 1 PM sharp, and you’re late. I’d like to speak to your manager! #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #horsesofinstagram #takeachanceonme

09/06/2021

Working on Labor Day with a labor of love 💗 #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #horsesofinstagram #MarkedForGreatness #horsepower

Working on Labor Day with a labor of love 💗 #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #horsesofinstagram #MarkedForGreatness #horsepower

Natural Horsemanship Isn’t a Dirty Word - Heels Down Mag 09/05/2021

Natural Horsemanship Isn’t a Dirty Word - Heels Down Mag

Mutual understanding and willingness to learn are critical to building safe and trusting relationships with horses.

https://heelsdownmag.com/natural-horsemanship-isnt-a-dirty-word/

Natural Horsemanship Isn’t a Dirty Word - Heels Down Mag These days, there’s a lot of misconception around natural horsemanship but it all boils down to understanding how horses learn.

09/03/2021

Keep it down, please. I’m having a nap 💤 at the moment. #equineassistedservices #barncatsofinstagram #catnap

Keep it down, please. I’m having a nap 💤 at the moment. #equineassistedservices #barncatsofinstagram #catnap

Photos from Bridle Paths's post 09/01/2021

Dental 🦷 day for the herd with Graham Alcock #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #equinedentistry #horsesofinstagram

08/30/2021

Deepest respect and thanks to our herd of horses and humans for a powerful and inspiring weekend of connection. Jackie McCann Cleland Bridget DiCosmo Jo Jo MacKay Mairin Fallon Mastering Respectful Confrontation#equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #poniesofinstagram #supershetlands #mightyminis #bridlepathsmilitaryservices #Sports4Vets

Deepest respect and thanks to our herd of horses and humans for a powerful and inspiring weekend of connection. Jackie McCann Cleland Bridget DiCosmo Jo Jo MacKay Mairin Fallon Mastering Respectful Confrontation#equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #poniesofinstagram #supershetlands #mightyminis #bridlepathsmilitaryservices #Sports4Vets

08/29/2021

We are grateful and humbled by the opportunity to walk alongside our veterans on their healing journeys. #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #poniesofinstagram #supershetlands #mightyminis #bridlepathsmilitaryservices #Sports4Vets

We are grateful and humbled by the opportunity to walk alongside our veterans on their healing journeys. #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #poniesofinstagram #supershetlands #mightyminis #bridlepathsmilitaryservices #Sports4Vets

08/27/2021

Office hours will resume when the professor finishes his power nap. 💤 #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #horsesofinstagram #takeachanceonme

Office hours will resume when the professor finishes his power nap. 💤 #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #horsesofinstagram #takeachanceonme

08/26/2021

King Thunder 👑 wishes everyone in his kingdom 🏰 a safe and successful return to school 🏫. #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #poniesofinstagram #supershetlands #mightyminis

King Thunder 👑 wishes everyone in his kingdom 🏰 a safe and successful return to school 🏫. #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #poniesofinstagram #supershetlands #mightyminis

08/25/2021

Many thanks to Lisa Dreher Bell for coming out to demonstrate Bemer Group USA and BEMER Horse-Set North America products for the horses and humans of Bridle Paths! #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #BemerEquine

Many thanks to Lisa Dreher Bell for coming out to demonstrate Bemer Group USA and BEMER Horse-Set North America products for the horses and humans of Bridle Paths! #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #BemerEquine

08/25/2021

Acupuncture for Admiral Wellness Ambulatory Veterinary Services #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #horsesofinstagram #welladjustedhorse #admiralantics #equinechiropractic

Acupuncture for Admiral Wellness Ambulatory Veterinary Services #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #horsesofinstagram #welladjustedhorse #admiralantics #equinechiropractic

08/22/2021

We bade a fond “see you soon” to volunteer extraordinaire Katie Tognotti. Wishing you all the best in your college adventures! #equineassistedservices #volunteersmakeadifference #volunteerappreciationdayiseveryday

We bade a fond “see you soon” to volunteer extraordinaire Katie Tognotti. Wishing you all the best in your college adventures! #equineassistedservices #volunteersmakeadifference #volunteerappreciationdayiseveryday

08/21/2021

Wishing volunteer Jordan Seidmeyer the best of luck as she begins her semester at Smithsonian Conservation Ecology Center. Thank you for everything you do, Jordan! #equineassistedservices #volunteersmakeadifference #volunteerappreciationdayiseveryday

Wishing volunteer Jordan Seidmeyer the best of luck as she begins her semester at Smithsonian Conservation Ecology Center. Thank you for everything you do, Jordan! #equineassistedservices #volunteersmakeadifference #volunteerappreciationdayiseveryday

Equine Body Language: 7 Signs to Recognize – The Horse 08/20/2021

Equine Body Language: 7 Signs to Recognize – The Horse

Horses use nonverbal communication to remain safe and connected to their herds. Through understanding and responding to horses' subtle nonverbal cues, we can build trust and relationship with our equine partners.

https://thehorse.com/164730/equine-body-language-7-signs-to-recognize/

Equine Body Language: 7 Signs to Recognize – The Horse While each horse is different, here are some common behavioral signs that can help you tell if if your horse is happy, sick, or painful, as well as keep you safe.

08/19/2021

To sleep 😴, perchance to dream 💭 #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #supershetlands #mightyminis #poniesofinstagram

08/18/2021

Waste not want not 😁 #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #horsesofinstagram #takeachanceonme #teamplayer #haythere

08/16/2021

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down 🎶 😴 #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #pumpkinthepony #horsesofinstagram

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down 🎶 😴 #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #pumpkinthepony #horsesofinstagram

08/15/2021

Morning barn cat shenanigans #equineassistedservices #barncatsofinstagram #wolftrapanimalrescue

Photos from Wadi Farm Equine Learning Centre's post 08/15/2021

Safety with horses requires situational awareness, and relationships with horses require clear, consistent boundaries.

08/15/2021

The horses helped us to celebrate some August birthdays today. Jo Jo MacKay #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #admiralantics #horsesofinstagram #cupcakesfordays

Photos from AB Equine Therapy's post 08/14/2021

Rider balance and biomechanics have a tremendous impact on the horse’s balance and way of going.

08/14/2021

Saturday afternoon hangout #equineassistedservices #kittybesties #barncatsofinstagram #wolftrapanimalrescue

Saturday afternoon hangout #equineassistedservices #kittybesties #barncatsofinstagram #wolftrapanimalrescue

Photos from Bridle Paths's post 08/12/2021

Morning serenade 🎸 🎶 #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #horsesofinstagram #takeachanceonme

08/11/2021

Contrasts 🦋 💩

Contrasts 🦋 💩

08/11/2021

In partnering with horses, we seek mutual balance, clarity, and respect.

Okay, I would like to talk about having a therapy horse or donkey or mule. Heck, this works for other household pets as well. Anything that has a sense of empathy.

I do not believe in bringing my problems to my barn, or my animals and expecting them to deal with them or "cure" me. I know, you might be shocked. I will tell you why.

I work in equine assisted learning and therapies for a living. Besides donkey training, I teach at two PATH International centers as a CTRI with Equine Specialist Mental Health and Learning. I have been working in this field for the last 20 years, and I have learned a few truths about Mental Health, Education, and Equines.

We come to our animals, oftentimes, with a lot of baggage. We feel a sense of relief when they carry us, either emotionally, metaphorically, or physically through trauma, grief, sadness, stress. While many animals are empathetic, and truly do care about us and what we are feeling, to a horse or other equine, this can be extremely stressful. Heck, it can be stressful for the humans in our life as well, which is why having a network of people who care and can listen, and with whom we reciprocate, is so important.

Above all, our horse is seeking from us balance, consistent, kind, direct understandable communication, and security/safety. This is why equines are so effective in helping people regain a sense of balance in their life. In order to be the person that our horse needs us to be, we must allow ourselves to be in the moment and shed our insecurities, problems, and any other emotions not useful to us in the situation while handling our horse. As the funny meme I've seen on Facebook says: "while riding horses, only one of you is allowed to freak out at a time. Hint, it is never you!"

In effect, our equines force us to be the kind of person who can manage and control ourselves, despite what is going on around us. They make us regulate ourselves in a way that we often forget we can do through the struggles in life. They demand that we are responsible for our own actions, emotions, thoughts, and feelings. They make us find our grit.

When going out to my own personal barn on my property, I often take a minute to simply take a deep breath in and let it out slowly before unlatching the front door. I make sure not to bring any of my stressors, problems, or any other thoughts except to those pertaining to my animals into my barn aisle. It does not mean that those things do not exist, or that I should not deal with them in a productive way. I am simply not putting any of that energy into my animals. I am coming to them with a blank slate mind, and even if that hour that I am caring for them is the one time in my day where I am truly aware, grounded, and present, I have done both them a favor and myself. I have worked on emotionally regulating myself in a way that I need to in the rest of my life when things go wrong. I have worked on becoming a better human being for myself, for those around me, and for my animals. I have practiced training my brain to reroute away from old, unuseful patterns of worry and instead be mindful.

And if a good release, a good cry is absolutely necessary, and my equines feel like being near, I give them that option. If I simply need to let go, the barn is a safe place. If my equines choose to be near, they can be. I do not force myself on them, but rather sit in my truth and allow them to decide if they want to be involved. If they don't, it is simply a reflection of them preserving their boundaries. I allow them that.

Instead of asking my animals to carry my sorrows, my stresses, my grief, or my emotions, I instead gift them the "best me" possible, and practice being so in a way that allows me to carry that self into the rest of my life. This, is the best way that one can engage equines in therapy. This is also ethical to the utmost. This is what I strive to teach my students, and this is what I strive for myself.

So take a moment, breathe, let it be, and see how your interactions improve with your equines. They will thank you, and you will thank yourself.

Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk ☺️

Edit****
The only thing I'd add, but not entirely sure how to word yet, is that some of my students need to get help from the horse and do bring their "stuff", whether that be trauma, emotional issues, stress, etc to the horse. It is REALLY important if you know your client needs this in particular at this point in time, to be extremely thoughtful about which equine you trust to be able to handle those emotions and potential instability. It is also important to work towards a more balanced, reciprocal relationship with their equine in which the client or student gives to their animal in a meaningful (as in meaningful to the animal, not anthropomorphically) way.

Photos from Bridle Paths's post 08/09/2021

Checking out the proceedings just like the big kids #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #horsesofinstagram #supershetlands #mightyminis #poniesofinstagram

‘I wouldn’t be alive without it’: wild mustangs and veterans find healing together 08/09/2021

‘I wouldn’t be alive without it’: wild mustangs and veterans find healing together

Presence, calm, clarity, connection - these are the opportunities available to us in partnering with horses.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/09/wild-mustangs-veterans-healing-together

‘I wouldn’t be alive without it’: wild mustangs and veterans find healing together At a stable in rural New York, traumatized soldiers and horses teach each other to leave the past behind

Photos from Bridle Paths's post 08/08/2021

Happy #internationalcatday to our pest control engineers, Betty and Wilma. 🐈 🐈‍⬛ 💕 #barncatsofinstagram #equineassistedservices #wolftrapanimalrescue

08/08/2021

Midday nap 🦌

Midday nap 🦌

08/07/2021

Our horses notice and respond to our emotions. If we are tense and anxious, they become tense and resistant in response. How can we quiet our approach to foster calm and connection?

Calm down for better training

Not so many riders seem to be enveloped in almost a cocoon of calm serenity when they school their horses, and we see that lack of emotional stillness reflected in the reactions of the horses.

Think about what we bring to the ride in our heads that is counter to calm---

One rider may be a little nervous, or even scared, another driven to excel, another is earnestly attempting to prove a point, this one is determined to improve the canter transitions, that one is thinking about the upcoming competition----It can be a long list---

Many horses are quite tuned into the emotional states of their riders, and many horses respond to tension, tightness, the lack of calm brought by the rider, by becoming tense and resistant right back.

The rider, already not in that quiet bubble of emotional neutrality, feels the horse get tighter, and responds in kind, and the daily downward spiral has begun yet again.

It is easy to ask---“How do I feel calm when I am not calm?”

Well, maybe start by trying to figure out the main sources of your anxiety. Are you trying too hard? Is your horse the right horse for where you are in your riding? Are you so focused on some hoped for result that you can’t feel or appreciate tiny improvements? Do you care too much about what others think? Are you a fiercely driven competitor?
There are many possibilities----

Start there? If serenity in training seems like a worthy goal, try to avoid the situations that trigger tension. Easier to say, I know, than to do, but so well worth the endless quest to bring our emotions into quiet states to help our horses.

08/07/2021

Unicorn mode 🦄 #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #horsesofinstagram #pumpkinthepony

Unicorn mode 🦄 #equineassistedservices #therapyhorse #horsesofinstagram #pumpkinthepony

08/06/2021

Checking out the new views #equineassistedservices #supershetlands #therapyhorse #horsesofinstagram #sofarsogood

Checking out the new views #equineassistedservices #supershetlands #therapyhorse #horsesofinstagram #sofarsogood

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