I can’t wait to start writing here. Please check back soon for my first blog post! ABOUT CHRISTIE I am passionate about teaching how to connect to the horse in order to heal the person from the inside out. This can involve coaching individuals through various life obstacles involving trauma, grief, substance abuse, depression, anxiety […]
WHOLE HORSE CONNECTION, LLC
Improving the well-being of horse and human through a variety of scientifically based therapies.
EQUINE-ASSISTED COACHING FOR HUMANS
The horse is a natural grounding entity. When one learns to be mindful in the presence of the horse, the horse provides instant feedback to the people around them. Horses have the ability to help regulate the troubling emotions that have become a problem for the people experiencing them.
Equine Assisted Coaching involves a client, a facilitator, and one or more horses in an arena type setting. The facilitator offers suggestions to the client in regards to communicating with the horse. Once the horse has “hooked on” to the client, the facilitator steps away and allows the horse to continue the session.
EQUINE THERAPY FOR HORSES
MASTERSON METHOD INTEGRATED BODYWORK
The Masterson Method (MM) is an integrated, multi-modality method of equine bodywork. It is a unique, interactive method in which you learn to recognize and follow the responses of the horse in order to find and release accumulated tension. Christie utilizes MM in her Equine-Assisted Therapy program to help clients connect on a deeper level with the true nature of the horse.
MICRO CURRENT THERAPY
Christie only uses FDA approved therapy devices for horses. These units utilize microcurrent, a scientifically proven method for relieving soreness and muscular tension, backed by over 40 years of research.
Several years ago, veterinarians and trainers began experimenting with kinesio-tape on horses and discovered that kinesiology-taping is as effective for horses as it is for humans. By strategically placing kinesio-tape on identified anatomical structures after a bodywork treatment, the horse is able to maintain awareness of the improved range of motion created during the session.
I am an Arizona state licensed associate counselor (LAC). I have worked with adolescents and adults struggling with substance abuse, eating disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders. By using a variety of equine specific therapeutic techniques, I teach individuals how to create a strong connection with their horse, making all aspects of riding and training much more satisfying. I also enjoy helping individuals find a better connection to their own selves, through finding that whole connection that flows freely through the power of the horse.
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My horses are always happy to see Christie arrive at my barn. Christie takes her time with each one, addressing their individual concerns while working with their very unique personalities. My horses are highly spirited performance horses, and tend to be a bit flighty and quirky, but Christie seems to have the touch that calms them. I would recommend Christie to anyone who wants their horses to feel their best.
– Susan Turner
As a client of Christie’s, I can tell you that her patience with my horses is unmatched. She is calming and comforting to them and to me. She is wonderful at explaining each and everything she is doing for them and why. Christie’s knowledge and calm demeanor will enhance anybody’s experience with these beautiful and majestic creatures.
– Dawn Allison
Christie has an amazing ability to read and adapt to any horse in each moment. It doesn’t matter whether it is a high strung, nervous mare or an over the top, playful gelding, she can “see” what they need and offer calm, drama free support. She is also good at communicating with us while she is working so we can gain insights on how we can help our horses stay comfortable when she isn’t around.
– Chris and Louie Docter
Christie is truly an expert in the field of equine therapy. She is impressive not only because she is effective with what she does to the horses, but also because she freely shares her knowledge and teaches me techniques that I can do for follow up. I have not yet met a therapist that is so passionate about helping the horse owners get a clear understanding of what is going on with their horses, and also what they can do to help them. My bond with my horse has increased immensely since working with Christie.
– Addie Montero