Taming the Wild Horse: Using EAP in assisting the transition from Combat Soldier to Civilian
By Joseph Lancia, D.O., this manual provides information in using Eagala Model to work with military servicemen/women. It also includes helpful information on facilitating Eagala sessions and the use of metaphor which is beneficial to all Eagala practitioners.
Psychologically injured veterans are faced with a multitude of challenges some of which can include PTSD, depression, addictions, grief, relationship and spiritual issues. How the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy unfolds and the metaphors elicited will be specific to the relevant psychological injuries of the particular veteran, family or group. The name Taming the Wild Horse came from one group of veterans that have been through treatment with Equine Assisted Psychotherapy at Windhorse Farm. It became an important metaphor for their individual and group experiences and a symbol of their healing. They experienced the wild horse that needed taming as aspects of themselves and their experiences. Some of the things they identified that needed taming were recurrent nightmares, overwhelming and unrelenting grief, various addictions, uncontrollable and overwhelming emotions like rage, and unhealthy ways of relating. This manual is dedicated to those first groups of veterans that were brave enough to choose to explore Taming the Wild Horse.