Equuscience Part 1:

A trauma-informed and evidence-based lens on horse-human relationships

Join us live monthly from November 2021 to May 2022, with access to the recordings for later viewing if you have to miss a webinar. Check your spam folder in case you do not see an email from us with the Zoom instructions.

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Relationships can be among the hardest and most rewarding parts of life. 

They have the potential to bring such joy and yet also can also yield challenges that put us up against the edges of our own knowledge, awareness, and capacity.

This is especially true for horse-human relationships.

We believe that any course that helps people better understand horses will also ideally help people better understand themselves. 

In fact, we cannot remove ourselves from the equation when trying to understand domesticated horses, who live in human-oriented worlds.

But how do we make sense of the vast amount of information out there?

The amount of interest in trauma and attachment has skyrocketed in recent years, and there have been fascinating research discoveries and advancements in neuroscience that have changed our understanding of horses and humans.

But not all of this information is readily accessible or easily understandable.

Articles can be hard to find and heavy neuroscience jargon can be a turn-off.

If your eyes glaze over or you find yourself re-reading the same paragraphs over and over, you are not alone.

It is complicated terrain, and you may have found yourself feeling daunted or overwhelmed, wondering where to begin.

We are excited to be your tour guides on this adventure.

Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing®, says that maps are not the terrain but that they sure are helpful to get around.

We will be sharing a number of useful maps with you to help you better understand yourself and your horse.

We will also be translating complicated concepts so that you become more fluent, and bridging head knowledge into a more practical and bodily felt sense of knowing as you explore and navigate this fascinating geography with (hopefully!) greater ease and confidence.

Come join us!

This webinar series will be recorded. Please review the Audio Visual Release and Waiver prior to completing your registration.

SOLD OUT For Black, Indigenous, and other persons of colour who experience marginalization due to race, please contact us to discuss scholarship opportunities.

Introducing Equuscience Part 1

All modules are 2.5 hours and start at 7am Pacific / 8am Mountain / 10am Eastern.

Module 1: Neurophysiology and Neurochemistry

November 6, 2021

  • Series introduction
  • Trauma and interspecies social justice as a lens
  • Comparing horse and human brains
  • Brain anatomy and function
  • Live dissection of horse brain
  • Neurotransmitters as chemical messengers
  • Brain map and model for understanding nervous system states

Module 2: Neuroception and the “Ponyvagal” Theory

December 4, 2021

  • Neuroception and the felt sense of safety
  • Oppressed bodies and their felt sense of the world
  • The role of the vagus nerve
  • The dials: A 3-branch nervous system
  • Safety, danger, life threat
  • Arousal, activation, and blended states
  • Safety and survival responses map

Module 3: Neuroplasticity and Trauma

January 8, 2022

  • Research on adversity in humans and horses (ACEs and AESEs)
  • Epigenetics and gene expression
  • Impacts of imprints: Early trauma, health, and behaviour
  • Captivity conditions and coping: Management strategies
  • “Vices”: Misjudging survival adaptations
  • Adopting a trauma lens on resilience
  • Creating optimal conditions to support desired outcomes


Module 4: Co-Regulation and Attachment

February 5, 2022

  • From auto-regulation to co-regulation
  • Self and other: Neuroception and relationships
  • Attachment theory and research in humans and horses
  • How early trauma affects horsemanship methods
  • Relationship challenges: Re-enactments, projection, and gaslighting
  • Transference and counter-transference in equine settings
  • Resonance and coherence


Module 5: Window of Tolerance and Self-Regulation

March 5, 2022

  • The window of tolerance and the “faux” window maps
  • Flooding and overriding beyond thresholds
  • Titration and thresholds map
  • Activation and deactivation cycles
  • Somatic awareness
  • Tracking sequences
  • Equestrian-related trauma


Module 6: Interspecies Integration

April 2, 2022

  • Applying this material to horsemanship methods and learning theory
  • Moving beyond behaviourism
  • Setting the conditions: The humane hierarchy
  • Supporting safety to cultivate curiosity
  • Healing ourselves, healing our horses
  • Trauma-informed horsemanship principles
  • Referrals and recommended resources


Module 7: Case Applications

May 14, 2022

  • Featuring a selection of case examples submitted by participants 
  • Reviewing cases through the lens of the material learned in the master class
  • Practical application of the material
  • Respecting the limits of your scope of practice
  • Shifting towards greater embodiment of the learning

Your Tour Guides for This Adventure

Stephen Peters, PsyD, ABN

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Dr. Steve Peters at Horse Brain Science
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Dr. Peters is a Board-certified Diplomate in Neuropsychology and past Director of Intermountain Healthcare’s Clinic for Brain Health and The American Fork Hospital Memory Clinic. For over a decade, Dr. Peters served in the role of Chief of Neuropsychological Services for a large neurology practice. He is a neuroscientist specializing in brain functioning.

As a horse brain researcher, he has given numerous equine brain science seminars and presentations throughout the US and Canada, and performed many brain dissections for students. He regularly presents at the Best Horse Practices Summit and collaborated with Maddy Butcher on Horsehead: Brain Science & Other Insights. Dr. Peters recently worked with Mark Rashid and Jim Masterson (Masterson Method) on a two-day equine brain seminar resulting in a DVD, Your Horse’s Brain: A User’s Manual. He often presents in joint seminars with West Taylor of Wild West Mustang Ranch, demonstrating equine brain science with the help of mustangs in the arena.

He is the co-author with Martin Black of Evidence-Based Horsemanship. An evidence-based approach to horsemanship involves assessing and integrating scientific findings to inform decisions and create best practices in horsemanship. Scientific findings in the neurofunctioning of horses’ brains and their application can increase one’s ability to understand and read horses.

Learn more at horsebrainscience.info
Dr. Steven Peters

Sarah Schlote, MA, RP, CCC, SEP

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Sarah Schlote
Email Sarah Schlote at info@equusoma.com

Sarah is a Registered Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor, and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, and the former founder and Director of The Refuge: Centre for Healing and Recovery in Guelph, Ontario. She is also the founder of EQUUSOMA® Horse-Human Trauma Recovery, a training model with licensing approval from Somatic Experiencing® International in Boulder, Colorado, that focuses on understanding horses and humans from an ethological, attachment and neuroscience-informed perspective.

She has trained directly with Peter Levine (founder of Somatic Experiencing®), David Grand (founder of Brainspotting), Frank Corrigan (founder of Deep Brain Reorienting), Jonathan Tripodi (founder of Body Memory Recall), Kathy Kain and Steve Terrell (founders of the Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists and the Somatic Resilience and Regulation Training for Early Trauma), and Kate White (founder of the Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs), among others.

She has also trained in EMDR and parts work / inner child work from a variety of models. Some of her materials have been reviewed and approved by Stephen Porges (founder of the Polyvagal Theory) as well. Bringing a mix of embodied awareness and cognitive understanding, on a spiritually-grounded neuropsychotherapeutic foundation, Sarah is an engaging presenter with international presence and the ability to translate complex ideas into accessible and practical tools. 

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