Horses Helping Humans

Catherine Huddleston

Stories of how horses have helped people find self-acceptance, self-love, self-respect and healing through the eyes and heart of a horse. Hosted by Cathy Huddleston, professional trainer, EFL specialist, and author of "Through the Eyes of a Horse" written and illustrated for the child within. read less

Educator, Psychotherapist & New Horse Mom Dr. Deana Plaskon
Nov 25 2022
Educator, Psychotherapist & New Horse Mom Dr. Deana Plaskon
Deana is a psychotherapist specializing in trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief, and other mental health struggles. Her practice, Reflections in the Waves, is located in Southwest Florida. It is a place where clients can engage in equine and other therapeutic psychotherapy methods. Her goal is to build trust and confidence in a warm and inviting environment. She holds a PhD in Education with a specialization in human behavior, two master degrees: one in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS) and the other in Education (MEd), and a bachelor (BA) in organizational management. Deana is aslo EMDR trained and Eagala psychotherapy certified. She has certifications through ICISF in crisis, stress, and human resiliency, suicide awareness, and delivering bad news. Deana served as a faculty member for nearly two decades before becoming a psychotherapist in 2020. As an educator, she was nominated four times as faculty of the year, was awarded excellence in teaching twice, awarded first faculty of the month, and obtained a STAR award for outstanding teaching. Recently Deana has written a children’s book based on her horse, Bella, and their experience with Hurricane Ian. This book aims to help children process and understand difficult emotions and feelings. Her book is expected to be released in mid-2023. Deana is passionate about incorporating horses into the therapeutic process. Because horses can provide an extraordinary amount of emotional support, they are her mainstay and true therapists. With the integration of horses, clients begin to peel back the layers of pain while gaining a deep understanding of their own behaviors. Horses become the catalyst and therapist in helping clients get at the root of their core being. ​Deana’s philosophy is centered on the idea that when one understands themselves (their core inner beliefs, desires, needs and wants), one can experience happiness.  This means people need to understand their nature, what nurtures them, and what values they hold. This type of reflection, unveiling, and understanding begins a course of personal growth and healing.
Therapist, Foster Parent, & founder of Grey Muzzle Manor Sanctuary Marcy Tocker
Oct 28 2022
Therapist, Foster Parent, & founder of Grey Muzzle Manor Sanctuary Marcy Tocker
A clinical mental health professional, residing in Mohrsville, Pennsylvania, She graduated with her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Immaculata University in 2018. She became intrigued in equine assisted psychotherapy at the age of 19 through interactions with her very special mare and best friend, Fancy. She remembers thinking, “everyone has to know what horses can do.” She has been certified in the EAGALA model since 2016, and is a client-centered, trauma informed, therapist who specializes in impulse control disorders, attachment disorders, LGBTQ+ youth, foster care and adoption, and trauma. She also utilizes expressive art therapy, play therapy, and attachment based trauma play therapy. She utilizes her farm in its entirety in therapy sessions. She is accompanied in all sessions by therapy dog and legend in his own mind, Emmett. She is the founder of Grey Muzzle Manor Sanctuary, Inc. which is a nonprofit organization that provides senior animal rescue and hospice care, and community outreach programs to help people and pets stay together. Grey Muzzle Manor is also a certified Stable Moments location which is a mentorship program utilizing equine assisted learning for children who were adopted or in foster care. Most recently, Grey Muzzle Manor launched its newest program, A New Dawn, offering therapeutic riding and Hippotherapy through Natural Horsemanship. Grey Muzzle Manor Sanctuary, Inc. is based upon a platform of acceptance, non-judgement, and presence. At Grey Muzzle Manor, animals and people heal together. She has previously worked in animal welfare and child welfare organizations, and is also a foster parent, currently to two children. She enjoys being outside, riding, anything creative or involving play, puzzles, and Legos. www.greymuzzlemanor.com  www.facebook.com/greymuzzlemanorfarm  www.therapywithmarcy.com  Mtocker@greymuzzlemanor.org
Inventor, Innovator, Author, & Educator Temple Grandin PhD
Oct 11 2022
Inventor, Innovator, Author, & Educator Temple Grandin PhD
She obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College and her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University, and then went to receive her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989. Today she teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design at Colorado State University and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare. She has appeared on television shows such as 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN Larry King Live, Primetime Live, 60 Minutes, the Today Show, and many shows in other countries. She has been featured in People Magazine, the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Time Magazine, the New York Times book review, and Discover magazine. In 2010, Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people. Interviews with her have been broadcast on National Public Radio and she has a 2010 TED Lecture titled "The World Needs ALL Kinds of Minds." She has also authored over 400 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design. She is the author of "Thinking in Pictures", "Livestock Handling and Transport," "Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals," "Guide to Working with Farm Animals," and "Humane Livestock Handling." Her books "Animals in Translation" and "Animals Make Us Human" were both on the New York Times best seller list. "Animals Make Us Human" was also on the Canadian best seller list. Her latest book, Calling All Minds, was a New York Times best seller for middle school students. Her life story has also been made into an HBO movie titled "Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes," which won seven Emmy awards and a Golden Globe. The movie shows her life as a teenager and how she started her career. In 2017, she was inducted into The Women's Hall of Fame and in 2018 made a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was named as one of the top 10 Best College Professors in 2020 by CEO Magazine. Animals | Free Full-Text | Evaluating the Reaction to a Complex Rotated Object in the American Quarter Horse (Equus caballus) (mdpi.com) Current Research on Horses (grandin.com) Welcome to Temple Grandin's Official Autism Website Temple Grandin's Website  Amazon.com: Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions: 9780593418369: Grandin PhD, Temple: Books
A Conversation with Two of my Dearest Friends - Sherilyn Tarver and her daughter Danielle Coulter
Oct 7 2022
A Conversation with Two of my Dearest Friends - Sherilyn Tarver and her daughter Danielle Coulter
Born in Kentucky and raised by the woods in a rural area, my dear friend Sherilyn Tarver has been defined by this environment and this continues to influence how she relates to nature, plants, and animal beings still today.  As a child she was distracted from her nature-based environment and socialized into the church, school, and civilization. Eventually Immersing herself as an adult into the practice of yoga led to teaching Ashtanga and Prana yoga, which helps her to ground and center back into herself and a natural way of being.  She is a mother, urban priestess, and caretaker of our beloved mother earth including her animal residents, and This is her purpose in life.    My 2nd guest Danielle Coulter  is an author, actress, horseback rider, and a snowboarder. She loves to be in the community as much as possible by entertaining kids as a fairy and acting in plays with her friends. She is a lover of snowboarding down the mountain and was the first adaptive snowboarder in the world.  Owner of Dan Can Shred Author of "If Dan Can Shred  You Can Too: Dream it; Live it!", "Snowmass Angel", "Dannidoll in Ragdoll Land", and "The Adventures Zoe" Book Series   Win Charles and Danielle Coulter come together for the first time to teach you about CP with their PhD. A Diary a fashionista to learn about CP to get your PhD in CP with you life stories of cerebral palsy Listen on Apple Podcasts:
Therapist, Coach, Co-creator of the Epona Approach Kathleen Barry-Ingram, M.A.
Sep 14 2022
Therapist, Coach, Co-creator of the Epona Approach Kathleen Barry-Ingram, M.A.
Kathleen is a Tucson-based life coach, consultant, lecturer and educator specializing in assisting individuals in personal/professional growth and Equine-Facilitated Experiential Learning. Kathleen is dedicated to helping individuals and groups move beyond limiting patterns of thought and behavior, assisting them in the discovery of possibilities to resolve conflict, develop competency, and find peace. Kathleen brings over 30 years of experience in the counseling field, non-profit services, and marketing and communications in the health care industry to her work as a coach and consultant to individuals, families and businesses. She is past executive director of San Juan United Way, corporate director of marketing and intake at Sierra Tucson Treatment Center, and has been a board member of several non-profit health care agencies. She had a private practice in Albuquerque in the early 1980’s before moving to Tucson to work at Sierra Tucson, a leader in addiction treatment programs. She began her private counseling practice in 1992 in Tucson where she specialized in addiction counseling with an emphasis on eating disorders; grief and loss recovery; conflict resolution; and family interventions for addictive behaviors. She also completed 50 hours of post-graduate study in 1995 with the Pathfinder Foundation and Paul Rosenberg, MD and is certified in the psychodynamic fundamentals of effective short term psychotherapy. Kathleen was introduced to Equine Facilitated Learning when Barbara Rector, Adventures in Awareness,  brought horses to work with the adolescents at Sierra Tucson in the early 1990’s. Barbara hired Kathleen as a consultant to work with her colleagues, equine and human, in her program with Anne Alden, past president of the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association. Through her association with Barbara and Anne, Kathleen met Linda Kohanov. Kathleen and Linda began working together by creating workshops and individual intensives in 1998 where they incorporated their talents and expertise to develop an innovative and creative healing modality employing the horses as equal partners. In 2003, the first Epona Equestrian Services apprenticeship class graduated. Kathleen and Linda co-created, developed, and taught the apprenticeship program together until 2007. Kathleen continues to teach and train others in equine facilitated learning in the United States and Internationally. Among her well-received workshops across the country, she has been a featured presenter at Tucson’s highly regarded Miraval resort, Paradigm Shifters Radio Show with Veronica Entwistle, and the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association’s preconference workshop at the 2003 North American Riding for the Handicapped Association [NARHA] conference. She served as an academic advisor for Prescott College assisting students working towards their Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Find Kathleen at www.sacredplaceofpossibility.com
World-Renowned Psychologist, Equestrian, and Founder of the Polyvagal Equine Institute Rebecca Bailey, Ph.D.
Sep 10 2022
World-Renowned Psychologist, Equestrian, and Founder of the Polyvagal Equine Institute Rebecca Bailey, Ph.D.
Rebecca Bailey, Ph.D. is a leading family psychologist and equestrian who has become a world-renowned professional teacher, speaker, author, and entrepreneur. Many of you may know Dr. Bailey from her years of dedication as a psychologist. She is the founder of Transitioning Families, a group of independently licensed mental health practitioners dedicated to Bailey's innovative ideas for helping families through crisis and difficult change. She is best known for her work with survivors of non-familial abduction and is on the advisory board of The JAYC Foundation. Together with Jaycee Dugard, Dr. Bailey has created an innovative model which utilizes horses to help teach and educate judges, police officers, therapists and other professionals about compassion, kindness, and connection. Dr. Bailey is the creator of the Polyvagal Equine Institute, an organization dedicated to equine-assisted psychotherapy and education with a focus on applying Dr. Stephen Porges' research on the autonomic nervous system to a variety of populations. She is also the co-creator of the Connection Focused Therapy® program and believes that understanding the interaction between the nervous system and our thoughts and actions is key to compassionately responding to and addressing the complexities of today's societal demands. Dr. Bailey has appeared on many network shows, including Anderson Cooper and ABC's 20/20. A graduate of The Wright Institute in Berkley, CA, Dr. Bailey was raised in the Boston area but relocated to California 35 years ago. She now lives in Northern California with her loving husband and countless animals.
Horsewoman, therapist and CEO of Highland Rivers Behavioral HealthMelanie Dallas
Aug 28 2022
Horsewoman, therapist and CEO of Highland Rivers Behavioral HealthMelanie Dallas
Melanie was called to equine facilitated therapy work by her horse Eisen, who has kept her on the path of healing and awareness since their meeting in May of 1996. Melanie and Eisen spent the next several years in training and competing dressage until her introduction to equine facilitated therapy occurred. In 2005, Melanie completed her apprenticeship with Linda Kohanov, author of Tao of Equus, Riding Between the Worlds, Power of the Herd and Five Roles of the Master Herder. Following her apprenticeship, where she was designated as an Eponaquest Approved Instructor, Melanie returned to co-facilitate the Eponaquest programs with Linda in the following two years. In addition, Melanie was part of an international group of Eponaquest instructors who developed the Eponaquest Best Practice Guidelines now utilized by Eponaquest approved instructors. Eisen has now been joined by Amber, Whisper and Riley to offer healing through equine facilitated therapy at Melanie’s 40-acre farm in North Georgia. In addition to being an Advanced Approved Instructor with Eponaquest, Melanie is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and has specialized in work with youth, families and trauma. Melanie currently works to integrate traditional psychotherapy, equine facilitated therapy and integrated healing modalities for children, adults, and families, with a particular interest in youth, veterans and first responders. Currently, Melanie is the CEO for one of the largest community mental health centers in Georgia, Highland Rivers Behavioral Health, where she leads a staff of about 1000, who serve close to 21,000 individuals a year. She has recently brought the experience of what she has learned in working with horses into the newly launched Leadership Academy for her agency. They have brought the concept of how to use predatory power sparingly and non-predatory power liberally into their work with social and emotional intelligence. Home - Highland Rivers