The Touched by a Horse Podcast

Today Melisa and Dane continue the conversation around their three wonderful kids, this time under the lens of business and entrepreneurship! Whether you’re an entrepreneur, working for a big corporation, or a government employee, it’s important to value the work you’re dedicating your time to. Listen in to hear about the career paths and interests of Cody, Kevin, and Molly and what this blended family is up to today! 

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The Brady Bunch may have made it seem pretty simple, but in reality, creating and growing a blended family takes patience, love, and one heck of a sense of humor! Today Melisa and Dane are chatting about their experience as a blended family and raising their children together. Through big laughs and difficult times, listen in as this dedicated pair shares stories that will simultaneously make you laugh and warm your heart. Welcome to the family! 

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Welcome back, listeners! You’re in for one wild ride today. Listen in as Melisa and Dane take you on the road with a series of stories about their motor home adventures. From their reason for purchase to their beautiful journeys across the country, you won’t be able to help but laugh at some of the crazy antics these two got up to during their RV days! Buckle up!

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Today we are pleased to be joined by Touched By a Horse graduate and Equine Gestalt Coach, Annie Young. After years of working as a Registered Pediatric Dietitian, Annie decided it was time to switch gears and begin supporting the parents whose emotional needs and healing journies often go overlooked. Join us today as we discuss Annie’s vision behind creating Sawubona Ranch and all she plans to share with the world through healing with horses. 

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Many of us have heard of and even sorted ourselves using the Myers-Briggs Personality Test to better understand ourselves and our partners. But did you know you can now test your horses? Join Melisa and Dane today as they break down the meaning of their own Myers-Briggs results and how Melisa translated this understanding into her book, Equusology, co-written with Caroline Fitzpatrick. Typology helps us better understand and get along with others, so why not apply it to our equine relationships? Listen in to learn how you can do just that! 

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What does it look like when horses step in and use their magic? Join us today on Touched By a Horse for a series of powerful stories you won’t believe. Listen in as Melisa breaks down the different categories of equine healers with examples of how they’ve touched the lives of her clients. Be sure to approach this episode with an open mind, and an open heart. We’re giving you an inside look at just how connected the Healing Herd can be as they help to mend the pain that confines us. 

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Today we are pleased to be joined by Touched By a Horse graduate, Equine Gestalt Coach, and wonderful friend, Robert Goodland. Early in life, it was clear that Robert was created to serve. After a lifetime of working as a correctional officer, EMT, and eventually a full-time firefighter, the Universe made it clear that the EGC program was the next right step. Join us as we hear Robert’s story, from his own recovery to helping others work through their trauma with the help of horses. You won’t want to miss this incredibly moving conversation. 

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Last week we covered everything from breeding to birth when it comes to foaling emotionally healthy horses. This week join Melisa and Dane as they discuss the next steps with these sweet newborns and how crucial these first few days and weeks will be for their development. What happens when bonding is threatened? How do you deal with an orphan foal? Listen in for how Melisa dealt with the unexpected and for chapter 2 of the always hilarious story of Chica, Melisa’s very first horse!  

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Welcome back to the Touched By A Horse Podcast! Today Melisa takes us behind the scenes of the “Mareternity Ward”. When it comes to foaling an emotionally healthy horse, Melisa knows the journey begins at birth. Foaling over 250 horses has given her a keen sense of what to do, and what NOT to do. Listen in as Melisa shares tips and insider knowledge from imprinting, to her biggest mistakes. You won’t want to miss this episode chock full of incredible stories priceless wisdom. 

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Many of us move through life looking for our purpose. Though more often than not, what’s meant for us tends to find us in the most miraculous ways. This episode of Touched By A Horse takes a look back into the many examples in which Melisa received gifts from the universe that she could gift back unto those who needed it most. 

Join Melisa and Dane as they discuss their serendipitous meeting 18 years ago, Melisa’s journey to create her Whispers From A Horse card deck, and the unexpected inspirations behind her beloved book, Eponalisa - The Fall Ride. Whether you’re finding your purpose or letting it find you, gifts are everywhere when you’re open to receiving. Listen in for more! 

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Equine Gestalt Coaching Method®

Melisa developed the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method®, where there are two Gestaltists present with the client—one human and one equine. Together they provide a therapeutic approach to deep-process emotional healing through the experiential nature of Gestalt work. Contrary to talk therapy, Gestalt work is experiential in nature and offers one of the most efficient means of working with past trauma and finding wholeness.

As of early 2019, there are close to two hundred certified Equine Gestalt Coaching Method® practitioners worldwide from countries as far away as South Africa and Singapore. These graduates, along with their equine partners, help their clients find positive futures and personal happiness. 

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