Suzette Belgarde Discusses Tips on Equine-Guided Coaching

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Suzette Belgarde Discusses Tips on Equine-Guided Coaching


Suzette Belgarde
Suzette Belgarde

Assistance and therapy animals come in all different forms, from dogs to cats and even elephants and dolphins. So for Suzette Bernadine Belgarde, however, her interests lie predominantly in horses. This Faribault, Minnesota, resident has witnessed firsthand the benefits horses can have on a variety of conditions. Ranging from anxiety and autism to genetic syndromes and traumatic brain injuries.

Furthermore, equine-guided coaching, often shortened simply to equine therapy. Involves treatments centered around horses in an equine environment. Therefore, the activities are generally tailored to promote physical, occupational and emotional growth in individuals suffering. Illnesses stem from a wide range of complaints.


Suzette Belgarde says not everyone even touches a horse

So, generally speaking, an equine therapist will begin by setting goals. Such as, leading the horse to a particular area or putting on its halter.

In completing and then discussing the process, whether riding has taken place or not. Those who undergo therapy are utilizing problem-solving techniques, improving language skills and refining their ability to follow instructions. In addition, they listen and ask questions, entirely aside from any physical, emotional or other benefits.

Suzette Belgarde goes on to add that equine-guided coaching has been found to be successful in treating individuals with cerebral palsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, developmental delay, and dementia, plus a wide array of mental health-related concerns.

By definition, equine-guided coaching can refer to any one or more of several therapeutic activities involving horses. Employed for physical, occupational and speech therapy, cerebral palsy, as well as multiple sclerosis, stroke and other motor or sensory issues. Known as hippotherapy, the discipline was first established in the U.S. in the 1960s.


Post-Polio Syndrome with Suzette Belgarde

Alongside hippotherapy and other equine therapies used to treat severe injuries and genetic conditions, for example, horses have also been utilized to assist in cases of post-traumatic stress disorder, behavioral and communication issues, substance abuse and eating disorders. “It’s an efficient and effective form of treatment, with horse-based therapy often yielding positive results in as few as two to three sessions,” Suzette Belgarde suggests.


Wrapping it up

Witnessing the physical, mental or emotional capacity or context, equine-guided coaching. To improve issues pertaining to self-esteem, self-awareness, self-control, interpersonal relationships, empowerment, relaxation and general happiness, as well as focus and concentration.

“It’s a wonderful process,” adds Suzette Belgarde, wrapping up. I would urge anyone interested in equine-guided coaching to pursue the options available to them.”