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Rocky Says: Horses Grieve Too

I hear humans asking all the time if horses grieve when we lose a friend. Well, of course we do! But it might be different than how you humans grieve. When we are sad about a friend dying or leaving us, we notice that something important is missing. Sometimes we feel less safe because they […]

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Rocky Says: Let it Snow!

Winter is here! I love winter because I can stay outside longer without hunting around for shade or swatting away bugs. My humans come to the barn bundled up in hats and scarves with red cheeks from the cold air—it’s too bad they don’t have nice warm fur like me. My favorite part of winter, […]

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5 Gifts to Give Yourself

As the holidays approach, we are bombarded with commitments to giving. We give thoughtful gifts to our friends, we reach out to our family to express our gratitude, and we donate to charity as we can. However, sometimes we forget one important person to give to this time of year: yourself.  It’s important to balance […]

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Rocky Says: Wear Your Coat!

Winter is here!  I love winter. The cold air feels so good, and the snow is especially fun for me. I can be outside more in the winter because there are no flies and I don’t need to hide in the shade to stay cool. I know my humans don’t always love the snow and […]

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Finding Balance

This time of year can be busy for a lot of us. Your job or school may keep adding on more work, and the holidays mean obligations with family and friends. On top of that, it gets darker earlier and earlier, so the days feel short. How do we keep ourselves from going feeling overwhelmed […]

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Gratitude

As the holiday season approaches, we often take time to reflect on our lives. Introspection is a vital part of mental health—it makes us consider ourselves in the context of the lives of others and the community around us. Thanksgiving is this week, so this time of year, it’s particularly common to think about the […]

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On Mission: A Veteran’s Story

I am currently a senior at Otterbein University studying Sociology. I am also a US Navy Veteran who served nine months in Iraq. I suffer from complex post-traumatic stress from childhood trauma, military trauma while serving, and Borderline Personality Disorder.   On February 20, 2017, I was invited by PBJ Connections to experience what EAGALA […]

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Rocky Says: Horse Hygiene

I think horses have a different idea of hygiene than humans. Humans want us to be clean and shiny and give us baths, often with sweet smelling shampoos and conditioners. This can feel REALLY good on a hot day, but guess what? We like being dirty! The dirt and sand that we roll into our […]

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Rocky Says: Happy Easter!

I have to admit, I have no idea what Easter is. But I have noticed that at Easter time there is a lot of sugar and carrots. One time my humans hid a bunch of Easter eggs and carrots around the farm. Then a group of kids came and had to find them all. The […]

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Finding the Right Equine Therapy Program for You

Those of you who are in the horse industry know that there really isn’t much regulation in the United States on horse professionalism. Basically anyone can be a horse professional just by taking money for their services. Unfortunately, this can carry over to the equine assisted therapy realm as well. Therefore, it is important to […]

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