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Cultivating Regulation & Resilience in Horses & Humans


What does "regulation" & "resilience" mean?

Nervous system regulation is the ability to move fluently between different states of arousal in response to stimuli and stressors. This means that when we encounter a change in our environment, like a stressful situation, we are able to respond appropriately and adapt so that we are not overwhelmed.


The definition of resilience is the capacity to withstand or recover quickly from difficulties or the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape. In the context of our nervous system, resilience is our capacity for experiencing stimuli or stressors and being able to move through the arousal and come out the other side into down-regulation without residual stress.

Humans and horses are both mammals and therefore we can experience similar responses in our nervous systems as well as our experiences of stress, trauma, regulation, safety, and connection.

Our intention when spending time with and training our horses is to be aware of this regulation process in ourselves and our horses. To find and start from a place of safety and connection and then build resiliency as we progress through the exercises and activities together.


Recommended Resources


Waking the Tiger by Peter A. Levine

In an Unspoken Voice by Peter A. Levine

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

The Power of the Herd by Linda Kohanov

Why Zebras Don't get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky

Language Signs & Calming Signals of Horses by Rachaël Draaisma

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown

The Choice by Edith Eger

The Gift by Edith Eger

Nature in Horsemanship by Mark Rashid

Finding the Missed Path by Mark Rashid

Journey to Softness by Mark Rashid


Equusoma Podcasts and Presentations

The Confident Rider




Joyride Program

Equine Breathing



Sukie Baxter - Whole Body Revolution

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