Success in the Round Pen

Today I had a session with Paddy with Joe Parker in my round pen. Paddy came to Moo Haven unmanageable and unrideable and has come a long way, mainly thanks to Joe and his work with him, and Joe's work with me to help me continue what he started. Paddy is now closer than ever to being rideable, and I am closer than ever to being able to ride him. We still have a long way to go, but I feel more confident now that I can help us on our journey. I was so proud of Paddy today, he looked wonderful in Joe's Western Saddle. He was trying so hard and seeing success - it was great to see his confidence grow and to see him seek release as well as moving away from pressure. My round pen was made out of

My Graduation Journey

For my graduation ceremony I was lucky enough to take part inan incredible journey ride witb Jo, Ella, Mike and Hollie from LEAP. A Journey ride is a bareback ride lead by a practitioner where you are invited to experience the beauty of the journey that you go on together. This is one of the last sessions that you might do as part of the LEAP model, as a symbolic ending for what you have achieved. Here is my Journey

Pony Rescue - CAUTION: graphic photos

I am lucky enough to be based at the Horse Rescue that I volunteer at, Moo Haven in Sandiacre. We have recently had Columbo come into our care. Columbo is a very sad example of some of the horses that Moo Haven rescue. Columbo came in in a very emaciated and depressed state, with some trauma to one of his eyes. It has cost Moo Haven over £1000 in veterinary bills so far to get Columbo the medical attention he so desperately needed. He is now recuperating with one of our foster families and has barely stopped eating since he arrived! Not all of the horses that come into Moo Haven arrive in such circumstances; some are prevention cases where family circumstances have changed, some have been ab


I am so proud to be able to say that I am now an Equine Assisted Psychotherapist practising in the LEAP model.

Symbolic Language

LEAP provide their trainees with a comprehensive model that can be used in a number of different ways and with a variety of client groups. Symbolic Language can be an excellent way of engaging with people who have been through trauma, are non-verbal and/or find it difficult to talk about certain things. Symbols can be a perfect way to communicate things that cannot be be captured with words. The symbols in this work are inspired by Native Americans and Runes, and clients are also encouraged to create their own symbols - it is up to the client if they want to discuss what the symbols they use mean or would prefer to keep that between them and the horse. Today, on day 2 of the last section of

Almost qualified!

We are in day 2 of 4 in module 2 of our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy training at LEAP with Jo Saunders, Mike Delaney and Ella Bloomfield. I am having a wonderful time with wonderful colleagues being reminded how powerful this work is. I can feel even more massive psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual shifts thanks to the incredible horses in Jo's herd. I seriously cannot wax lyrical about this enough. Remember that I have experienced this work too, and that it is through my own experiences that I know how powerful this can be and want to share it as far and wide as I can. Please enjoy the pictures I have taken of Jo's space


So excited to have ordered by new marketing materials from Vista Print - eeeeeek! This is very real now!

Our new venue mates

We also share our Counselling venue with FEE and TOG. FEE are a not-for-profit organisation started by local people for local people. We want to help our diverse community by offering accredited courses that will offer new skills and build confidence to create employment opportunities. The Food and Education Enterprise (FEE) started in January 2014 to provide opportunities and raise aspirations among some of Derby's most marginalised groups. They also provide a food and clothing bank. With the refugee crisis - I feel that it is vital to support charities like this, and I feel honoured to be able to share space with them.

Visiting our new venue!

Today, I went to visit our new venue! Counselling, Reiki, and Training will take place in Derby at out new offices on Osmaston Road! We will be sharing a space with Borderline Arts. Borderline is an arts and mental health charity that uses creativity to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder). I am really excited to work with them to support more people affected by mental health difficulties, including BPD.

Ready to launch!

So today has been a very busy one! I have finally got my round pen up and have sat down to finish my website. This is a work in progress and I would very much appreciate any comments. I have a lot left to do, including a video to introduce myself. The prospect of this dream becoming a reality is terrifying and exciting in equal measures and I cannot wait to finish my training next weekend and graduate with my peers. I will endeavour to provide regular updates as to how things are going so that you can keep up with how the service develops. As someone who likes lists and plans, this journey has been a massive learning curve for me - how do you cope with uncertainty? Good night - Danielle x

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