How The Love Of Horses Has Helped Many To Heal
The Path of the Horse in Trentham, Victoria, is proudly supporting people from all walks of life to heal and maintain better mental health through the love of horses. My friend Melanie lost her son to suicide last year, and since Lachy passed, she has been going to The Path of the Horse about once a month.
There she finds inner peace being outdoors with Dean and the horses.
Being around the horses, cuddling them and watching them interact calmly with each other has been a wonderful healing experience. Seeing how the horses regulate themselves by taking a deep breath is something Melanie relates to because this is what she does when she needs to keep herself calm. Melanie also took Lachy’s brother Trent there last week, and it was a wonderful experience for him too.
The Path of the Horse is not a place to ride horses; it doesn’t hold trail rides. What Dean and Karyn do with the horses is assist people of all ages and from all walks of life who seek better mental health and well-being. Their work is a powerful, effective and empathetic approach that assists their clients to make positive changes in their lives.
They proudly support veterans, emergency service personnel and their families and others better manage conditions such as PTSD, anxiety and depression.
They help young people discover coping mechanisms and assist them to understand their feelings and make conscious choices.
They work with people with Autism, those battling addictions, self-harm, grief and many other conditions.
Why Horses? Horses model some beautiful behaviors for us to follow when we learn to listen and walk their path. Horses live in a constant state of awareness that has enabled them to survive for millions of years. They always notice what is happening in their environment, what is happening with their feelings and their bodies.
Horses have an amazing ability to release stress and a genuinely unique capacity to share their empathy with humans. They never judge, they are sincere and are our much-loved assistants in the healing process. They are great listeners too. No previous horse experience is required, just an open mind and a willingness to encounter a new way of allowing yourself to feel.
Dean Mighell is the Founder, Director and Practitioner. Dean trained with and is certified by the Equine Psychotherapy Institute as an Equine Assisted Learning practitioner and has also done trauma training and is currently studying at the Gestalt Institute of Australia.
Dean was 52 years young, loved and knew horses for over 30 years and wanted to help people battling depression, anxiety or who had suffered trauma. He had a peaceful place in Trentham and thought "Why not combine everything into one place to help others?" In the beginning, Dean's initial inclination was to work with Veterans and emergency service workers battling PTS, but The Path of the Horse has become so much more than that.
Attending The Path of the Horse is one of Melanie's many self-care tools she uses since her loss. Melanie is still coping with many issues after losing Lachy. This year was her first Mother’s Day without her son and going to see the horses on Saturday made her day on Sunday more manageable.
The Path of the Horse is a Registered Charity and all proceeds support the clients, horses and operations.
There is an open day on Sunday 17th June if you would like to attend.
All support is greatly appreciated.
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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