Equine Therapy Podcast

Live Your Best!

This is the Equine Therapy Podcast and I am your host Josh Schubert.

What inspired me to start the Equine Therapy Podcast was my own curiosity. I’m a licensed counselor in Virginia and I have a desire to be an Equine therapist.

 This Podcast is going to give you in-depth conversations with a variety of experts and professionals in the Equine Therapy field.  It will be my job to find world class leaders on Equine Assisted learning and Therapy and deconstruct their experience, habits, routines, and principals to manageable pieces so we can apply the most critical skills.

In my own Equine Therapy journey, I have met many amazing people who are so legitimately kind, innovative, and interesting. I have been intrigued by the creative ways people around the world use the assistance of horses in learning and therapy and the profound affect it can have. I want tell the amazing stories of people doing Equine Therapy, create an interesting educational opportunity, and really cultivate and connect the Equine Therapy community.

Show notes and links can be found under the Episodes tab. If you have any questions, comments, or think YOU would be a great guest please email me at EquineTherapyPodcast@gmail.com

Live Your Best!

Episode 17 on trav, therapeutic ridding association of virginia, with jenny spain

In this episode I am with Jenny Spain President of the Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia (TRAV) and cofounder and Director at Simple Changes Therapeutic Riding Center in Northern Virginia. Today we talk about the Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia, their mission, services, and upcoming events.

To find out more: http://travinc.org/


episode 16, five things I have learned from doing 15 episodes

This is going to be more of a between-isode where I wanted to talk about the 5 biggest things I have learned from doing the last 15 episodes. I’m wondering what you the listener is thinking and what subjects you want to hear going forward. Who should I interview next? What subjects do you want to learn about?

Please visit the website at EquineTherapyPodcast.com or email me at equinetherapypodcast@gmail.com

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Also, please check out the facebook group Equibliss, it is designed as a resource for anyone involved in Equine Assisted Therapy.

I hope you enjoy, thank you for listening, and live your best


Episode 15, with Nancy Paschall, Executive Director of Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center

In this episode we discuss some of the research and services offered at Dream Catchers. To find out more click here: http://dreamcatchers.org/research



episode 14, with Leana Bowman on Grant Writing for equine assisted programs

In this episode I am interviewing Leana Bowman, who is the author of “Grant Writing for Equine-Assisted Therapeutic Riding and Learning Programs” She discuss the ins and of how to find, write, and get a grant.

You can find her book on Amazon or her website at: easygrantwriting.com


episode 13, with Kate Naylor on the Natural horsemanship model

In this episode I am interviewing Kate Naylor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate in Austin, TX; and a trainer of the Natural Lifemanship Trauma-Informed Equine Assisted Psychotherapy



Episode 12, with rebecca wong on connectfulness

In this episode I am interviewing Rebecca Wong, LCSW in New York, who specializes in couples therapy, building relationships, and consultation. She is also doing Equine Retreats for therapist with Kay Trotter, who you might recognize from podcast episode 10. Rebecca’s Podcast: Practice of Being Seen

Find out more about the 2017 Equine + Eco Healing Retreat for Therapists: https://connectfulness.com/retreats-for-therapists



In this episode we talk about Sheila’s journey with horses and how this has helped her better relate with parents and patients within her medical practice. Sheila completed training with Linda Salinas, from episode 4. We also talk about the powerful effects of Grounding or Earthing. 



In this episode I am interviewing Dr. Kay Trotter. Kay is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and Certified Equine Assisted Counselor. She runs a private practice in the Dallas Texas area and is the author of  Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Therapy to Your Practice”

We discuss the  Animal-Human connection and choosing the right horse for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.  


EPISODE 9, Candice Ackerman on Equine Assisted Psychotherapy treating Veterans

In this episode Dr. Candice Ackerman and I discuss her research on the effectiveness of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for the treatment of OIF/OEF Veterans with PTSD (Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)). 



In this episode we talk with Pebbles Turbeville, Professor and Chair of Equine Studies and Therapeutic Horsemanship at St. Andrews University. She is also a PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor, Lead Evaluator. In this episode we focus on Equine related terminology and the educational programs offered at St. Andrew’s University in North Carolina.





In this episode we discuss some of the ins and outs of the business end of non-profit equine related programs. We talk about Board development for Equine Therapy Programs, what is involved with choosing members, their roles, terms vs. no terms, committees, insurance, and bylaws. 

Sue Adams was the CEO and founder of Atlantic Riding Center for Health for 22 years and for the last 5 years she has been a riding instructor at Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center in New Jersey. She is also a PATH Advanced Instructor and does private consultation for equine activities and programs. 



With her combination of growing up with horses, majoring in psychology, and her faith; she looked for a way to put them all together and found the OK Corral Series with Greg Kersten. After attending several workshops with Greg she developed the Faith-Based Equine Assisted Philosophy (FBEAP). She currently runs Unbridled Faith, which offers certification in FBEAP, retreats, and one-on-one private sessions. 



In this special episode I interview a great team. Dr. Shelly Green, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Professor of Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale FL. Together with Valerie Judd, expert Equine Specialist and Executive Director of Stable Place. Together they have founded Stable Place, which offers a variety of equine assisted clinical services, education and training. 

In this episode we discuss "who" can benefit from Equine Therapy, learn about Stable Place, and talk about the direction of Equine Therapy with Universities and Research.



Lina Salinas walks AND talks with the animals, and is an animal whisperer by the truest definition. She is the only person in the world to be certified in both animal communication* and The Carolyn Resnick Method** of Horsemanship, a unique method of training horses at liberty from the onset.  She talks with me about building a relationship with horses based on freedom or liberty, and how to use the horses energy to empower equine therapy session. More to come...



President of the OK Corral Series and Founder of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), Equine Services, Inc., and EAGALA.

Greg is as authentic as it comes when you think of an American cowboy. Through his unique experiences he was able to combine his work with at-risk youth and horses.  He realized the benefit horses could offer struggling individuals, and began to formulate the basis of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.  Greg has over 20 years experience training professionals and giving seminares on Equine Assisted Learning and Psychotherapy... 



Davorka “Dada” Suvak Founder/Executive and Program Director, PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. She has more than 30 years of experience in work as coach and educator in Equine Assisted Activities, and 15 years as Therapeutic Riding Instructor, with an international recognition, 10 years of Para equestrian international experience and success... 


Podcast 1, Dr. Ioana Mărcuș

First interview is with Dr. Ioana Mărcuș. She has a Ph.D from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is a Professor at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Virginia and has an active counseling practice...