At this time (yet) summer, France Culture rebroadcasts a number of documentaries. Last Thursday, the radio has allowed us to discover or rediscover the one dedicated to the therapy with the horse and directed by Laetitita Krupa and William Baldy! But for those who missed it, do not worry, you can listen again on the website of France Culture !
It is a few years (September 2007) but the evidence is interesting, you can especially hear Renée Lubersac (see also our interview with this lady on the blog ). Also an opportunity for us involved in animal mediation, ask: "What has happened since 4 years? Where are we in our practice and recognition? "
A parliamentary meeting for people with disabilities should be organized soon on "The Horse actor care: riding horse therapy and adapted." A way to talk about our practice in high places ... We will keep you informed of this event very soon! In the meantime, good listening! Click on the picture to hear the show!
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"Jules does not speak, or almost. It strikes to say, he cries out to be. Jules was eleven, he is autistic. Admitted to an institution of day, he goes home at night and on weekends. His parents, who must also deal with three other boys were looking for activities for Jules, outside the institution for him to meet the world and the world to meet. Swimming, team sports, hiking ... So Ponelle. High to a grasshopper, all red and full of hair. A very soft pony, who reassures and guides the child in his steps "outside." Alongside Ponelle ago Nicolas Dupont, the équithérapeute, the man who does not speak to the ears of horses, but also to those of people with mental disabilities.
The horse therapy, rehabilitation and by the horse, hippotherapy, therapy with the horse (the names are still scattered) to give the ambitious goal of helping the disabled by providing extra care and making work on sensory impairments, his intellectual shortcomings, his mannerisms and his dogs. It is now in the axis of the psychomotor or psychotherapy, this therapy is to get better in his body, so better in his head. Relevant diseases ranging from autism to schizophrenia.
So in this long journey full of obstacles and little progress, sometimes huge specialists, therapists and horse team up. The meeting variable geometry depending on the mood of the patient, his nervousness, his availability. Every time, you have to adapt and innovate to involve the patient. The horse plays of course a crucial role because it is he who makes the link between the patient and the world that it looks different. The animal does not speak and imposes direct authority, and the patient quickly realizes he does not belong to the human family, so he accepts and integrates. Drive object of fantasy and transition, the horse will make the patient a long way, which sometimes leads to "revelations".
Therapy with the horse does not cure it accompanies, she says. And going even further than the mental handicap: some people have recourse to a fragile time in their lives, as a crutch, a springboard to regain confidence and taste. "Put your foot in the stirrup," the term is not meaningless ...
Since 1969, the first university thesis on the topic and supported ably by Renée Lubersac, therapy with the horse has evolved very slowly in France. With attitudes. Pitch. But a burst occurred in the last five years could reformat the framework of para-medical activities and deliver a serious implementation of the therapy with the horse in the course of patient care of the disabled ". from the site of France Culture .
Renée Lubersac, psychomotor, psychotherapist, founder of FENTAC, National Federation of therapy with the horse ;
Jules Nicolas Dupont, the mother of Jules and ... Ponelle;
Brigitte Martin, president of the FENTAC ;
Patrick Gohet, Interministerial Delegate for people with disabilities (Ministry of Labour);
Sophie Feltrin, deputy director of the institution for autistic adults "Blue Cedar" Chaville (92) and Yamina, Enning, Maxime, residents;
Josée Delacoux, French Society Equitherapy ;
Claudine Prévost, Josée Delacoux old patient, witness, who used to equitherapy after a nervous breakdown;
Line Hamel, witness, who has used the horse therapy after breast cancer.