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HORSES THAT HEAL
It's not often that something you've known
all your life, but never told anyone ; something
you've felt deep in your hear t, but kept to
yourself, is confir med for you in the most
Many people who know me are aware
that I have always had a passion for hor ses.
Few, however, know what a major par t
they played in my emotional and spiritual
development. Experiencing the strength,
solidity and calmness of hor ses, just by being
close to them, wa s not only one of the most
enjoyable par ts of my childhood, but also
made it possible to sur vive, grow and lear n the
impor tance of 'presence'. When I was hur ting
and feeling isolated, there was no better place
to be than close to a horse, breathing in its
strength and serenity as I snuggled into a solid,
warm equine neck!
My knowledge of the healing power of horses
is experiential and anecdotal but there has
been considerable study and development
in this area. Experienced hor se owner and
rider, and Manager of Hillview Equine Assisted
Learning (HEAL), Sabine Jamieson, has spent
many year s studying to become a qualified
hippotherapy hor se handler and cer tified
equine behaviour specialist.
HEAL aims to provide children with the
oppor tunity for genuine connection with
other creatures, which Sabine has found
can help them grow in confidence and
self-esteem. The connection also promotes
mindfulness, communication and problem-
solving skills. Sabine provides an environment
where children can safely inter act with
hor ses, lear ning their 'language', as well a s
hor semanship and care skills. Children are
guided through creative hor se -centred
activities, designed to facilitate increased self-
awareness and the acquisition of impor tant
self-regulating and life skills. Horses are prey
animals. They ar e highly tuned to sense danger
in their environment and highly sensitive to
how those around them ar e feeling or acting.
A horse is a great teacher for a child who may
be ver y focused on his or herself and unaware
of how his or her emotions may affect other s.
The hor se which doesn't want to approach,
for example, the child who is angry, can really
help the child under stand how other s are
affected, not only by actions but by feelings .
Sabine is not only a skilled and qualified hor se
handler, she is a qualified counsellor and
experienced foster carer and mother. Having
r aised her own children, she generously
opened her hear t and her home to foster
children. As Sabine saw the changes in the
children she cared for as they spent time
on her beautiful proper ty adjoining state
forest at Mt Vincent, she saw that ther e
was an oppor tunity to combine her unique
gifts to enable more children to benefit
from inter action with hor ses. Sabine was
encouraged by CatholicCare's foster care
manager to under take cour ses at Tocal
Agricultur al College and she has continued to
upgrade her qualifications.
Sabine is a woman of faith who lives to
nur ture the gifts of nature. Apar t from her
own three hor ses, her proper ty is home to
another hor se, two camels, two alpacas, two
dogs and cattle.
Hillview Equine Assisted Learning is suitable
for children between the ages of 4-18 years
and all developmental stages. To learn more,
please P Sabine Jamieson 0409 594 238 or
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