Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center

The Root of Resilience

The past two years have been difficult. Without doubt it has been an unprecedented time of separation. In 2020, the pandemic kept many of us from our family, friends and workplace. Those who lost a loved one suffer the greatest separation as they search for meaning in that loss. While we are almost back to …

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Winter Solstice 2021

Working on a farm makes it easy to follow the rhythms of nature and the changing cycles of the seasons.  Right now we are surrounded by the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of nature preparing to slow down, end the time of growing and begin the time of rest and restoration.  The horses’ winter coats …

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Mindful Grooming

Brushing and grooming a horse is an easy activity that anyone can learn.  There are a few specific grooming tools (brushes) which are used in specific ways in order to clean the horse from head to tail and condition its coat and long hair (mane and tail).  The task itself is simple: to get the …

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A View of Connection

At Hidden Acres, the goal of all our human-equine interactions is an attuned, connected relationship.  We believe that all healing and growth take place within the context of healthy relationships.  The features of a healthy, attuned relationship are rhythm, reciprocity, shared attention, and being present in the moment together.  Let’s look carefully at this picture …

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First Few Steps Towards the Attuned, Connected Relationship

One of the guiding principles at Hidden Acres is that all healing and growth take place in the present moment within the context of the attuned, connected relationship. Our primary goal in all horse-human interactions is the promotion of a healthy relationship. Bettina and Tim Jobe of the Natural Lifemanship Institute state that good relationship …

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