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Horse Sense For Humans at Mogendoura making a difference

Horse Sense For Humans is providing Equine Assisted Services at their facility in Mogendoura, Moruya by way of two generous grant funding programs that support the delivery of their services. The funds are: “Wellbeing with Horses- Stress Release in Nature”, funded by FRRR- Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and

“Learning with Horses- Building Community Connection”, funded by Coordinare’s Commonwealth Psychosocial Support (CPS) Grants.

Equine professional Holly Ohlson said of Horse Sense "We provide individual equine assisted mental health sessions and equine assisted learning group workshops" Ms Ohlson explained "Horse Sense for Humans provides a revolutionary approach that effectively impacts positive change by including horse’s unique intuition into mental health and wellbeing programs.

"Because our programs are delivered in a natural, farm setting, it allows for the healing and restorative effects of time spent in nature which benefits both mental and physical wellbeing.

"We believe in our clients and the unique abilities of our horses to unlock a person’s innate ability to find their own solutions, regain control of their lives, and create lasting solutions.

"Our programs provide participants with a hands-on, experiential, approach for personal growth. The activities with the horses are uniquely designed to represent our real-life stories where the space and horses can become symbols reflecting one's challenges in life.

"Our stories matter and when we change our stories and how we interact with the horses, the horses respond differently. This helps people see how their behaviour impacts on the outside world.

"Horse Sense For Humans' programs are unique because we utilize a therapeutic team approach comprised of a Qualified Mental Health Professional, a Qualified Equine Professional and horses in every session. Our professionals are trained in the Arenas for Change (ARCH) and Eagala Model facilitation frameworks with over 14 years experience in delivering mental health and equine assisted services.

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All session activities are ground based, which do not involve any horse riding and prior experience with horses is not necessary. How Horses Can Help You

  • Horses are social animals and they have defined roles within their herd.

  • Herd relationships are similar to the relationships in people’s lives.

  • Horses are highly sensitive and stay safe by paying close attention to their environment.

  • Horses are naturally intuitive and sensitive to our non-verbal messages, even unconscious ones. This can lead to powerful learning and life-changing insights

  • They sense people’s true feelings and react to that energy, giving immediate, honest, non-judgemental feedback.

  • It takes work to connect with a horse and find a way to develop a relationship with them based on trust- the same as in our own personal lives.

  • Horses have helped people who were not able to find help elsewhere

The Horse Sense For Humans team consists of Holly Ohlson, an equine professional with over 40 years experience coaching riders, competing and training horses internationally, and Janelle White, an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, graduating from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in 2005. Janelle has extensive experience working with people of all ages, and has a person centred and strength-based approach in her work, framing sessions around client goals.

With specialist training in mental health and focused psychological strategies, Janelle supports individuals experiencing a broad range of difficulties, including symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, adjustment, stress, life transitions, or grief and loss. For bookings phone 0413 337 007

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