Welcome to Fern Valley

Here in central Alberta prime farm country,my husband Martin and I work together raising beef cattle and Appaloosa horses. Fern valley appaloosas have long been known for their quality of temperament conformation and color.I have recently rediscovered a love of writing and have published 2 collections of poetry. "Telling Tails" and Tails Trails and Campfire stories" . I look forward to a future spreading my wings as an author and as a horse woman .

Sunday, 17 November 2013

I am finished!

My  EAPD  training  that is ,
After 4 long and interesting  days,  2 very treacherous  drives in to town and  back,I have  completed  my  EAPD  training!
Its  a  lot of  info  to absorb, and yet  somehow  feels  all to familiar, in  that years  ago when I worked  with  Adult  survivors of  Brain injury  we  had  the  group out here  a few  times , and my old  stallion  Chips ,  was  so very  good and  gentle with  them, one  fellow in  particular  Chips  would  not leave this  young man's  side, he  was  wheelchair  bound and they  would  just somehow  connect , no fear,  just  comfort . I wish I had  had  this  training then , we  could  have  done  so much  more!

Anyhow I think  this program is a  good  fit and I am looking  forward to what  I can  do  with it.
Lots  to think about and I hope to share  further  but  for now  a  few pics  of  the mock  scenarios  we  worked on and  exercises  that  we  developed. They  are so powerful even in  a learning  setting  that we  each  felt  moved on  some  level as  though it was  real. So  much  so  that t he  exercise  I designed  for a  particular  situation, hit a  little closer to home  than  I expected and I suddenly  became  the focus  of  the horse nurturing  protection! Suffice  to say it  was a  cathartic  experience , and while I don't  love to cry in front of  others , it was a safe environment and I believe  of  great benefit to me.

 I  did  not  stand  on a  horse, but  yay  for the  brave  gals  who  did 
 Metaphorical obstacles  to life  path 

 multitasking,  how  many directions  are  we  pulled ?







I did  not  explain  or  caption  all of  the  exercises , and  with  not being  there  in the moment  it  can  be lost in  translation, and each  exercise  would  warrant it's own post. But believe me it is  effective  and   the horses  bring  a  variable  to it  unlike you could imagine,  such powerful and  sensitive  creatures,  these  horses  we love.
Thats it  for  now , I am  one  tired  girl! Actually  I am  one  tired EAPD COACH !
Stay  safe  my friends!

11 comments:

cdncowgirl said...

Way to go Coach! :)

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

This sounds interesting. Congrats on completing the certificate.

Buttons said...

Congratulations EAPD COACH I am so happy for you. Hug B

aurora said...

Congrats on completing this training!! I look forward to your sharing the "golden nuggets" as they surface. Sounds like it really hit home for you in more then one way. Rest up & let all the wonderfulness soak in!!

Shirley said...

It will be interesting to follow your journey with this, we horse owners already know how healing our horses are, and how much they can teach us, so to be able to help others benefit will be so rewarding for you. You are a perfect fit for this job.

Cut-N-Jump said...

Yaaaaaaahhhhhhooooooooo!!!!!!!!! Proud of you girlfriend!

Ian H said...

Impressive! Congratulations!

Cheyenne said...

Ah, congratulations on the completion of the course! It sounds so interesting.

Hope you can catch up on some rest!

Kate said...

Congratulations! It looks like an interesting and very useful course of training.

aurora said...

Thanks for spreading your sunshine! I gave you an award on my blog. Stop by & grab it if your into playing along.

WishIHadAHorsey said...

Congratulations!!!!