As we embark on this journey together, I'm thrilled to share an update from the rollercoaster of life. I've recently taken the plunge and published not one, but two books of lesson plans for Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Therapeutic Riding (TR). Now, you'd think that riding horses would prepare me for the ups and downs, but let me tell you, promoting these books has been quite the emotional ride!
The excitement of finally bringing these resources to life is mixed with a hint of anxiety. (Okay… that’s a lie. I’m VERY anxious!) Will they be well-received? Will they make a real impact? These questions bounce around in my mind as I prepare to leave a copy of the EAP book for the school psychologist, in hopes of initiating a program with the school.
But you know what? Just like riding, it's all about leadership and gently guiding the journey. At some point, I need to STOP WORRYING that I’ll say the wrong thing, (or that people will see who I really am, and not like me), and just do it. So, here's how I'm navigating this rollercoaster of emotions and promoting these invaluable resources:
First off, let's address the anxiety. Anxiety is like a feisty chestnut-pony-mare who requires coaxing. It's natural to feel nervous about putting myself out there, especially when it comes to something I'm truly passionate about. I’m learning to embrace the nerves and channel them into positive energy. This ball of stress in the pit of my tummy is a sign that I care deeply about the impact of these activities, and those who will benefit from the lessons.
Leaving a copy of the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy lesson plan book for the school psychologist is a big step for me. Honestly, leaving the house is a big step for me, but I have to go to the school for my daughter’s IEP meeting anyway. It's like sending a child off to their first riding lesson – hoping they thrive, but there's a nagging twinge of worry. Will the administration see the potential for a program that can truly make a difference in the lives of the students in our community? It's a leap of faith, but that's what life is all about.
As I navigate this exciting, stressful process, I'm also reminded of the core purpose behind these books. They're not just lesson plans; they're a gateway to transformation. They're the keys to unlocking potential, fostering empathy, and instilling confidence. The impact they may have on the lives of young learners, the classroom, and the community as a whole is immeasurable, and that's what keeps me pushing forward, anxiety and all.
Now I have to do my hair before embracing the emotional rollercoaster, to taking a deep breath before stepping into the unknown, and to having faith in the power of these lesson plans. And who knows? Maybe this will be the beginning of an incredible journey with the school district.
I'll keep you updated on this wild adventure, as I bring you more insights, and more candid tales from the barn! The view from the saddle is always worth it. Horse-Empowered Games for Learning Equine Assisted Therapy, Therapeutic Riding, or Horse Camp Games