The Whole Horse Podcast | Episode 24 | Sarah Schlote
So awesome to have Sarah Schlote, founder of EQUUSOMA™ back on the podcast! In this incredible follow-up episode (check out Episode 21 for an intro to her work), Sarah opens up about how Attachment theory applies to horse-human partnerships, the impact of stress and trauma, the process of “thawing out” that many horses experience when they’re moved into a new home and why it happens, the pitfalls of “anthropomorphism”, the importance of mammaliomorphism as a lens, and much much more. This podcast is full of cutting-edge resources (scroll down to find the list) – Sarah is as thorough as they come!
Sarah Schlote, MA, RP, CCC, SEP is a Registered Psychotherapist, trauma therapist and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner who has been involved in the field of animal-assisted interventions since 2003. A former St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs volunteer, her main focus aside from her in-office private practice is partnering with horses to support health and healing. She is the founder of EQUUSOMA™, a training model integrating Somatic Experiencing®, attachment theory and equine-assisted trauma recovery, and has started promoting Therapist-Assisted Horsemanship™, bringing a trauma and attachment lens as well as trauma-informed horsemanship principles to improve the relationship between owners and their horses (and their coaches and instructors)
Learn more about Sarah and her work at www.equusoma.com and www.sarahschlote.com.
Whole Horse Podcast Resources – Sarah Schlote (pdf with links)
Sources referenced in the podcast (in order):
How wild horses deal with death and grief: A rare insight
Anthropomorphic double-talk: Can animals be happy but not unhappy? No!
Why ‘good welfare’ isn’t ‘good enough’: Minding animals and increasing our compassionate footprint
Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions (Jaak Panksepp)
The Archaeology of Mind: Neural Origins of Human Emotion (Jaak Panksepp)
Fear and the defense cascade: Clinical implications and management
Nature’s Lessons in Healing Trauma: An Introduction to Somatic Experiencing (video)
The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication and Self-Regulation (Stephen Porges)
The Pocket Guide to The Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe (Stephen Porges)
The polyvagal theory: Phylogenetic substrates of a social nervous system (Stephen Porges)
The polyvagal perspective (Stephen Porges)
Social engagement and attachment (Stephen Porges)
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers (Robert Sapolsky)
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma (Peter Levine)
In An Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness (Peter Levine)
Staggering levels of gastric lesions seen in weaned foals in a study
Addiction, childhood trauma, stress, and the biology of addiction
Crib biting behaviour in horses: A review
EquiFACS: The equine facial action coding system
Horses discriminate between facial expressions of conspecifics
Functionally relevant responses to human facial expressions of emotion in the domestic horse
Domestic horses discriminate between negative and positive human nonverbal vocalizations
Animals remember previous facial expressions that specific humans have exhibited
An attachment perspective on human-pet relationships: Conceptualization and assessment of pet attachment orientations
Training methodologies differ with the attachment of humans to horses
Exploring the existence of potential underpinnings of dog-human and horse-human attachment bonds
First suckling: A crucial event for mother-young attachment?
Anxiety and pain in horses measured by heart rate variability and behavior
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