Sonja Lairila

From the mind to the bodymind, finding embodiment with and without horses

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I step into the presence of horses and a felt sense of release and increased awareness travels through my body. It is almost as if I could feel the body and the mind reaching their fingertips towards each other and finally finding a way to hold their hands again. At that moment, I ask myself, where was I just a moment ago? Am I really hanging out h...
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Katarina Lundgren

Why horses don't heal anyone

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  Or why it isn't about healing at all... How do we "heal" from trauma? (that broadly speaking is anything that overwhelms you and you do not have "room" to contain, and therefor have to look at piece by piece until it is integrated in your life. It can be any hardships in life, broken relationships, deaths, sickness, injuries, accidents, war,...
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Katarina Lundgren

How to connect with a horse – the science side of it

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How do you connect with a horse? Is it important that a horse always is in connection with the human he is interacting with? This seems like straightforward questions, right? But to answer them, we need to look closer at the horse-human interaction, but also at the concept of interaction between subjects (individuals). And we need to define what we...
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Katarina Lundgren

Giving the horse a sense of agency – positive equine welfare through Equine Assisted Therapies

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  When we talk about horses in Equine Assisted Therapies, we are more often concerned with the negative impact meeting clients and dealing with their emotional hardship can have on them, than with the positive impact these meetings can have for their welfare and well-being. Before I continue. I'm an avid spokesperson for better equine welfare ...
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Katarina Lundgren

Horses and Time

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How do horses perceive time? Do they have agendas? Are they always in the here and now? Cognitive scientists are now debating how good non human animals are at planning – which imply they have an inbuilt sense of time, and are not always present in the now. That they understand the passing of time and can act out of this knowledge. That they can pl...
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Katarina Lundgren

Wild horses in Mongolia

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Ivar carrying a tripod for the camera and Ugnaa, one of the wild hose researchers at Hustai. A Takhi (Przewalskii horse) in Hustai.   Wild horses. Listen to the sound of the word. Wild, as in free. Every human has a relationship with horses. If you never met one in real life, you have seen them on TV, read about them in books, met them in comm...
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Katarina Lundgren

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