Don’t let the stereotypes of those with eating disorders fool you

This was a great piece talking about the increasing number of men who are dealing with eating disorders.

We are proud of the work that we do with The Center for Hope of the Sierras, a local, comprehensive eating disorder treatment center that works with both men and woman.

Once a week we meet with a small group from the center and, through work with horses, address strengthening personal boundaries, improving communication skills and building self esteem.

We may engage in herd observation, discussing how the various members of our herd communicate with each other and establish their roles within the herd.  While grooming we look at non-verbal communication and relationship building.
Leading and ground work help build mutual respect and reinforce the need for safe and appropriate personal space.  Mounted work builds on all of these concepts while bolstering self-esteem, personal pride and a sense of accomplishment – LOOK I DID IT!  And of course there are the “ah ha moments” that happen along the way, like when a client commented that when too focused on what is in the future, you can miss what is right in front of you ( an upright pole that the horse nearly ran into when the client was looking at the barrels further down the arena) or the time a client commented that they “just got going too fast and nearly fell off,” something that can happen in our everyday     overly fast-paced lives.

Equine Therapy can be a powerful part of a comprehensive treatment plan for those dealing with eating disorders. We would be happy to show you around the ranch, introduce you to our incredible horses, learn more about the challenges you are dealing with and share more with you about our program. Call us today to schedule a visit.

 

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