Horses as Healers – ANT Article

Horses as Healers Take a few minutes to read this article written by our resident equine-assisted mental health counselor, Lorna Shepardson, and learn how horses have a unique capacity to heal. Lorna beautifully illustrates the ways in which horses reach us at our darkest core, only to draw us into the light. A wonderful, inspiring read!



  Our 14th Annual Blessing of the Animals & Open House – Farm Tour in Whatcom County WA is coming!  Mark your calendars for all ages free fun at Animals As Natural Therapy’s Windy Acres Farm in Bellingham, WA.  The fun includes Farm Tours, Petting Zoos, Face Painting and Demonstrations for all ages. Event:  Satruday, April 18 ~ 2015 12-3PM The Blessing will start at 1PM. See you there!   Limited onsite parking for visitors with disabilities and families with car seats.   Parking and shuttle provided from Bank


It is Gala time here at ANT a time to gather and support while celebrating amongst friends.  Just before Gala time is the Winter Newsletter a gathering of accomplishments and stories of courage and growth from the past year.   Here are a couple of highlights from this installment of TAILS FROM WINDY ACRES.  If you are interested we have posted all our newsletters for review in our newsletter archive here. Meanwhile enjoy our Winter 2015 Newsletter for download as PDF or


Here at ANT we use a variety of methods to work with our clients.  Equine Therapy is one way we can affect change!  People ask us about it and how it works.  We would like to include this article as a resource for communicating just how Equine Therapy works. What Exactly is “Equine Facilitated Mental Health and Equine Facilitated Learning”? Reprinted from NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) Strides Magazine, Winter 1998 By Isabella “Boo” McDaniel, M.Ed., Co-Founder of EFMHA No one would



Where is Persephone? We have just announced our Gala Event Theme is a who-done-it mystery involving horse napping!  We are excited about the awesome entertainment and food for the event this year and are starting the process of preparation by making a call to businesses and individuals in Bellingham and Whatcom & Skagit Counties to help us get the word out.  We are also looking for both silent and live auction items and support for our cause and organization.  If you are