Field Notes

Open House!

Open House!

On October 24th, we at Shayna Meadows are having our first open house. We want people to see the place first hand, even if they are just curious about the new, big building. We want people to meet the horses and get just a taste of their therapeutic power. We want people to come out […]

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Clouds

Clouds

A few years ago when my life felt especially difficult and sad, I decided to like clouds…I mean really like clouds. What I mean is, I decided to try taking something relatively insignificant in my life, yet something I felt vaguely positive about, and just DECIDE it made me happy. Call it my version of […]

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A Simple Idea?

“She went forward when I looked forward.” This is what the client said when McCullough had come to a stop during their “journey” to the client’s better life and then the client looked ahead rather than at the horse, and McCullough continued forward on the journey. The client thought about the significance of this idea: […]

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Patience

I am probably like a lot of people…patience is not my best quality. There is nothing like raising a child that will show you that loud and clear, and I remember when my son was young being impressed daily with my lack of patience. If I had known then what I know now, I would […]

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Pasture Grass

I find the tall grasses in the pasture waving in the breeze sort of like the waves in the ocean. It’s therapeutic. It has a rhythm that feels constant, even though it changes. It is like that now in the back pasture of Shayna Meadows. The grass is up to my waist almost even though […]

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The story

The Pocahontas Times was good enough to run this lovely story about Shayna Meadows. It was a rainy day with the facility not yet complete, but Geoff did a nice job of capturing what we are all about and how we hope to help people here. As always, McCullough was up for having her picture […]

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Spring!

I know that spring must be coming because the snow has melted, the birds are starting to sing, and even more obvious, the horses are starting the shed their winter coats. There is mud, and hair, everywhere around the barn. But this morning it was 10 degrees. That’s not spring! And while I am super […]

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Getting Started

Getting Started

The opening of Shayna Meadows Therapy and Wellness has been a dream in my head for too many years to count. In fact, it started way before I had ever heard about Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy. I have just known for a long time that putting people and horses together produced good things, and that connecting with […]

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