Horses in History and as Archetypes in Nature
By Lisa S. Baugh

This includes an abridged version of Chapter II of the master’s thesis “Equine Assisted Therapy: Striving for Balance in a New Form of Psychotherapy” plus one of the author’s own personal archetypal experiences with horses. Comes wire bound with black front and back vinyl cover - 38 pages. $26 includes shipping and handling.

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This paper offers an overview of horses in history, as connection to nature, and as embodiments of archetypal themes. It is an excerpt from a larger master’s thesis that addresses controversies and imbalances in the new and innovative field of equine assisted psychotherapy where horses are used as co-facilitators to promote human emotional growth and learning. The paper begins with an overview of horses in history and their role in the myth and magic of different cultures. Horses are discussed in terms of the concepts of unus mundus, animi mundi, and civilization versus nature. Egocentric and zoocentric perspectives are addressed with consideration of the therapeutic benefit of the healing cycles found in nature. Contributions from the fields of ethology, biophilia, and ecopsychology are acknowledged. The horse as a symbol of spirituality, numinosity and the transpersonal is contrasted by its equally strong representation of the archaic and instinctual aspects of the natural world. The atrophy of instincts in humans is noted highlighting the role of the horse as a re-connecting figure. Using an equine motif, the concept of archetype is defined and prominent archetypal themes embodied by the horse are identified. The use of equine terms in ancient and modern language is seen as evidence of the depth of the archetypal dimension of the horse-human relationship. The paper concludes with a story illustrating how meaning can be gleaned through metaphor, and from a personal archetypal experience with horses.