Rapid Response Stories

The Equus Effect

Borrowing healthy heartrate to settle down. Photo: The Equus Effect

The Equus Effect Expands Offerings to include Frontline Health Workers

We at The Equus Effect are so grateful for the support we received from Foundation for Community Health that allowed us to serve the men and women who are on the front lines in our community during the evolution of this pandemic. FCH recognized and appreciated our desire to help the nurses, therapists and caregivers…those who are bearing so much weight right now. Because of this support, we were able offer our program to these brave men and women who are serving our communities.

Our aim is to help offset the stresses of putting oneself in harm’s way to help others. As one military medic told us, “We were trained to be in harm’s way, to make due with limited supplies and to be there for fellow soldiers who were going to die alone. These folks on the frontlines at home are not trained for this kind of adversity. They expect to succeed, not to face challenges like this.” JB, US Army

Enabling participants to work with horses and teaching them how to use resilience tools to earn the trust and cooperation of our "equine coaches" allows them to learn new ways to handle people and situations at home and work more effectively.

We teach people how to settle down, communicate more authentically and set healthy boundaries …all ingredients that make for resilience and much healthier relationships…for themselves and with others.

The Equus Effect has been serving veterans and first responders through purposeful engagement with horses since 2013. As of October 2020, we have seen over 1,000 men and women in 6 locations on the east and west coasts.

The secret of our success lies in the engagement with horses who as prey animals, are extremely sensitive to how we come across and whose trust we humans can only earn through fairness and authenticity.

When our insides match our outsides, horses are all in and become willing partners who respond to us with grace and ease. They tell us with their body language how we come across and invite us to be present with whatever is true and real. What a relief for frontline health workers whose lives have been working so hard to "hold it together" for others through this pandemic.

The Equus Effect offers both a powerful experience of resonance, connection and collaboration at our facility AND a powerful set of tools for docs, nurses and staff to use for themselves and to settle the nerves of those with whom they work.

It’s a win-win-win!

“I had no idea how upset I was. I wasn’t nervous, but started to shake when I put my hands on Dutch. Jane said that there was nothing wrong with me and that I was just holding too much adrenaline in my system. As soon as she said that to me, I just started to relax for the first time in a very long time. I also came away with some tools to use with my patients. It was moving, interesting and really effective!” Registered Nurse

“I was concerned about being with the horses, but they kind of invite you in to be with them and it seems like they relax when you do. Caring is easy for me, but this felt like a loop between us where we both had each other’s backs. I went home and slept better than I have in a very long time.” Physician’s Assistant

“I couldn’t believe how quickly I settled down and was able to understand how to help the folks at work and my patients. The tools are terrific, easy to learn and use. I went to work the next day with a whole new outlook.” Registered Nurse

Making the Connection

Making the connection. Photo: The Equus Effect

Mutual Trust

Mutual trust. Photo: The Equus Effect

For more information, please go to: The Equus Effect or please call Jane Strong at: 860-364-9985. We would be happy to talk and/or to set up an introductory session!

The Equus Effect is a registered 501-(c) (3) in Sharon, CT whose mission is to provide veterans and others in high stress situations with essential tools to meet life’s challenges and build healthy relationships through purposeful engagement with horses.