The Horse Cure

The Horse Cure

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An emotionally charged tribute to the horses that play a crucial role in therapy. Rehabilitated through equine counselling herself, Michelle Holling-Brooks shares other inspiring accounts of horses that guide their clients through emotional and psychological distress.



Meet the Horse Counsellors. 

Survivors of trauma, loss, illness, abuse, stress, and depression can face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. However, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that horses play a crucial role in therapy for those struggling with significant psychological and emotional challenges. Horses respond to angry, inhibited, heartbroken, defiant, and terrified clients in many different ways, often breaking through defensive barriers via their physical presence, or by pointing to areas of psychological distress not immediately apparent. The horse’s response guides the treatment team, as well as the client, through the healing process. 

Influenced by her own childhood trauma — where she spent seven days in a coma, awakened to a severely compromised body and brain, and rebuilt her life with the help of a horse — Michelle Holling-Brooks founded Unbridled Change, a non-profit equine-partnered therapy organisation which partners horses with individuals in need.

It’s within the pages of this book that she shares the inspiring stories of the horses that play active roles in counselling sessions.


Michelle Holling-Brooks has been in the field of Equine Assisted Therapies as a certified professional since 2000. After a life threatening illness as a child left her with trauma to her brain, horses gave her a safe place to discover all the pieces of herself— mind, body, and spirit— that she had lost. In 2008, she founded Unbridled Change, a non-profit organisation with the mission to provide full time out-patient Mental Health sessions, utilisiing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning.

Book Specifications

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Sub Heading True Stories – Remarkable Horses Bringing Miraculous Change to Humankind
ISBN 9781570769368
Author Michelle Holling-Brooks with photographs by A J Morey
Binding Paperback
Extent 184 pages, 229 x 152mm
Illustrations Colour photographs
Ebook No
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