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Equine Therapy offers new definition of "Horse Power"

Equine Therapy offers new definition of "Horse Power"When Helen Sorensen hears the phrase "horse power", she thinks of mental health, not fast cars.Equine ability is being harnessed (sometimes literally) at Equine Alliance, Mrs Sorensen's Palmwoods farm, to provide a unique therapy helping people of all ages
dealing with anything from abuse to autism.
 
Mrs Sorensen works with local individuals and youth groups struggling with social issues, as well as solo and corporate sessions, tailoring activities to suit each situation.
 
Having grown up with horses, coached riding, and been involved with the Riding for the Disabled Association, Mrs Sorensen is well-versed in horse behaviour and how it mirrors our own.
 
 
"They [horses] don't read what comes out of your mouth, they read what's inside you, and they will respond to that," Mrs Sorensen said.
 
"What they (clients) take into the arena is what they (horses) present to them."
 
Using a recognised model developed by the Equine Assisted Growth And Learning Association, her programs target anything from assertiveness to teamwork and confidence-building, as well as understanding boundaries.
 
With a background in traditional counselling, Mrs Sorensen feels Equine Therapy goes much deeper than the feel-good of horsing around.
 
"That's one of the advantages of this," Mrs Sorensen said.
 
"They don't have to talk.
 
"Kids that have been through some pretty tough things, the last thing you'd ever expect them to do is to talk about it, and they can't," Mrs Sorensen said.
 
 
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