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Horse Sense of the Carolinas, Inc.
6919 Meadows Town Road
Marshall, North Carolina 28753

Phone: (828) 683-7304
Fax: (828) 683-6281
E-mail: info@horsesenseotc.com








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Horse Sense of the Carolinas, Inc. is an internationally recognized leader in the field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning. Horse Sense utilizes experiential learning to foster life skills and character development to support positive emotional, mental, behavioral and social skills of those who may be at risk or have special issues. Having supported literally thousands of clients since 2003, Horse Sense continues to be the leading resource in Western North Carolina for therapeutic equine interventions.

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Keep Your Cool

We have had several days in a row of 90+ temperatures. It's all about staying cool.  How can you "stay cool" when facing challenges in your business? 

A difficult client takes over your mood. Your computer doesn't do what you want it to do. All your planning for an upcoming project just seems to fall apart. You feel your heart pounding and your blood pressure going up.   

We all know that violence against a barn door is not the answer.  So how DO you keep your cool? Here are just a few tips to get your through those moments when nothing seems to be going right.    

  • Breathe and count to 10 (really!) - Sounds cliche, but it gives you time to step back and put things in perspective.
  • Vent to that person that you know you can trust to keep your confidence - it can be so stress-relieving to just discuss your aggrevations with a trusting colleague. Again - it is an opportunity to gain perspective.
  • Take a break - grab a short ride with your favorite four-legged friend, go grab a cup of coffee or take a walk.  And do yourself a favor and leave that cellphone and access to email behind.
  • Some folks find it very cathartic to write out their frustrations. BUT DO NOT SEND IT TO ANYONE.  Once you have spilled out your feeings on paper, shred (or permanently delete) any evidence.  

We all have those days when "temperatures rise" in our business.  Have a few routines in place that will help calm you down and prevent a bad situation from growing into something worse. And by all means - STAY COOL!



Equine-Assisted Practices and Therapeutic Horsemanship
This field wouldn’t exist without Natural Horsemanship in our culture. Equine-assisted work in all its forms wouldn’t exist if we still used horses as machinery. So much would be different.

This is not to say horses haven’t been therapeutic for people even back in the day when horses were used for plowing fields, transportation, and welfare. But people of those times likely would have scoffed at any attempts to make this therapeutic benefit tangible and credible.

Like Natural Horsemanship, equine-assisted practice, as an activity, has deep roots. References from as early as 600 B.C. speak of early Greeks utilizing horses not only for people with disabilities, but for general health and well-being. Jump forward to the 1800s, where European physicians found horseback riding helpful in the treatment of certain neurological conditions to improve balance, posture, and strength. Physicians used riding therapy during a Scandinavian outbreak of poliomyelitis (a kind of polio) in 1946. In a famous case from that time, horsewoman Liz Hartel used daily riding sessions to recover from the disease, and later went on to win a silver medal in Dressage in the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games. Her story brought attention to horseback riding for the disabled, and she later partnered with physical therapist Ulla Harpoth to bring equine therapy to patients.

Therapeutic riding began in the U.S. and Canada in the 1960s; om 1969, the North American Riding for the Handicapped (NARHA) formed in the U.S. Therapeutic riding practitioners were able to catalogue a range of beneficial aspects, including physical, psychological, social, and educational outcomes: improved balance and strength,...

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Holy Smokes! It's (the end of) June already?!

As I sat down to prepare this blog post, it struck me, "Oh wow, it's (the end of) JUNE already!"  It has been a fantastic year at HorseSense so far this year - if you are a regular reader of our newsletter, you KNOW we have been busy! 

So how do we keep it all going when it seems like time is just flying by?  Planning, planning and more planning.  I've written about the importance of planning during the slower times of the year, and these are the times when we really rely on the fact that we have put things in place ahead of time.    

So, in six months, when I wake up on a crisp wintry morning and want to hibernate just a little, I remember how crazy busy we will be over the summer.  I dream a little and I plan a lot!  I stay in touch with my team, making sure we are talking together about what worked over the previous year and how we can improve things going forward.  There is never a down time when you are passionate about your business.   

We hope to see you on the farm yet this summer!  There are still some amazing educational opportunities on the calendar - events that have been MONTHS in the planning!    

Happy Trails!