PTSD and Horses: How to Assess and Overcome

I explain in great detail how to properly diagnose your horse and what steps are needed to begin implementing the healing and recovery process in the full, 45-minute video. Please click here to watch the 45-minute, full-length video

As an equine behavior and rehabilitation specialist I have had the privilege of re-training and rehabilitating thousands of horses. This has been no easy feat either. It has taken a lifetime of study, learned skills and application, not to mention practice -practice and practice.

Much of my success rehabilitating horses suffering from severe trauma has relied on assessing the horse first and before I begin re-training. This is so important and for two great reasons:
1. No horse (or person) can learn when they are hurting, defensive or scared. You need an open, relaxed and confident mind to learn
2. Assessing allows me to get a baseline of information that will then help me:
a. Identify the horse’s true nature and learned behaviors (nurture) first and foremost, so I get a baseline of information that will then help me create a plan of action
b. Identify the difference between learned behavior, trauma, and PTSD – which one does the horse have or all three
c. Diagnose the behaviors so I can gauge the amount of time needed to re-train, re-pattern, basically form new habits
d. Diagnose the many different degrees of trauma and PTSD so I can determine the course of action and length of time needed

I have written two articles specifically about equine PTSD and how to rehabilitate. One was co-written with world-renowned animal behavior expert, Dr. Temple Grandin. Both articles educate you, giving you a better awareness about how it happens, how it works in the horse’s nervous system and brain and what’s needed to help them heal and recover.

To learn more about PTSD, how it effects the horse and how to recover, please click here where you will find two of my published articles:

2014 Holistic Horse Magazine Article: “Traumatized Horses; Can they be emotionally and mentally healed”

2019 Eclectic Horseman Magazine Article: “Training Horses with PTSD” with Dr. Temple Grandin

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