About

Equitherapy is all about partnering with horses to stay healthy.  You will find my musings about living with horses, equine art, stories of healing, rider support, motivation strategies, and study into the fine art of equitation.  Please check out “Why We Need Horses:”  https://equitherapy.wordpress.com/why-we-need-horses/

I became interested in working with horses for healing when my sister came to visit a few years back.  She was suffering from fibro myalgia, had lost 30 pounds, was in constant pain, and very weak.  I began giving her very gentle riding lessons every day, and over the course of 2 weeks she gained in strength, endurance, balance, & health.  Later, I suffered a crippling bout of sciatic spasms, which put me on a course of physical therapy and movement education.  Additionally, I realized that my 4 knee surgeries and 40 years of knee trauma, not only affected my position in the saddle and my effectiveness in communication with the horse, but was contributing to my growing stiffness and pain in my back and other body parts.  I began taking classes and putting together a therapeutic regimen to heal and balance myself.  Currently, I use somatic stretching, Feldenkrais techniques, Tai Chi, pilates, and balance exercises in my unmounted work.  I am a lifelong student of classical riding, focusing on balance, lightness, and correct biomechanics; it is not discipline-specific.  Riding in synchronicity with the horse teaches the body to move in balance without tension, thereby facilitating healing.  Riding in sympatico with the horse creates harmony and beauty, a lifelong, illusive, yet satisfying quest.
I found that I could help others by sharing my therapeutic, unmounted exercises, with equitation.   From regular workouts and mounted coaching, my equestrains were getting stronger, more flexible, and more confident.  They were communicating better with their horses and becoming better riders.  I have worked with children and adults with back injuries, fibro myalgia, C-section trauma, and psychological trauma.   In this blog, I will share stories of our challenges and progress, techniques you may explore to improve your health, your riding, or both.
Cheri Isgreen
Montrose, CO

8 comments on “About

  1. Horses are such beautiful animals and you are lucky to be able to work with them and appreciate them as you do. I am a veterinarian but I never really worked with horses since in India horses aren’t something that are found outside racing stables and certainly not in village cow sheds ( though donkeys and pack ponies do occasionally make an appearance). Of course we read all about them and yet if you have never really worked with an animal it is almost impossible to be sure of how to handle it.

    • Yes, they are sensitive and intuitive. I count my blessings every day. The humility in your response was very inspiring to me. If everyone could live with the grace you radiate, the world would be a better place, where human beings could coexist with the rest of Nature and get along with each other.

  2. leazengage says:

    Thanks for making the blogosphere a better place! I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. If you’d like to accept this award, you’ll find the rules here: http://bit.ly/ZJEmyK All the best!

  3. I know a beatiful young soul who was born totally in love with horses. And it is equitherapy that helped her get out of selective mutism (a form of social anxiety) some years later! It’s as if she knew 🙂
    Thanks for spreading the valuable info on equitherapy! xox

  4. Linda Dodge says:

    Hi Cheri,
    It was nice meeting you at the wine tasting. So glad our paths crossed and I will be getting in touch with you. Horses are therapuetic. I don’t know how I’d live without them. I was faced with that just in the last few months when I was told I should give up riding horses due to cervical spine problems. I just couldn’t accept that and I’m still riding.
    I’ll give you a call.
    Linda

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