Jayna Wekenman - Author at HorseConscious - Beyond Horsemanship
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Jayna Wekenman

Growing Possibilities in Experiential Ed & Agriculture pretty much sums up my projects (hence Growing PEAs). www.facebook.com/GrowingPEAs I have been active in promoting Environmental & Behavioral Enrichment for equines and exploring ways in which implementing these concepts transfers into experiential learning and personal wellness for humans. Through design, build, and collaboration, I hope to offer more implementation for Enrichment. On a separate note, my next project (Aug. 2014 - Oct. 2015) involves working burros contributing to people, communities, and private entities. This project is designed to boost adoptions and Enrichment of BLM burros, promote skills development of inmate trainers and explore social, physical, and financial benefits of burro involvement. I have my MA in Education: Equine Assisted Experiential Learning from Prescott College (Prescott, AZ) and my BS in Recreation Leadership & Management: Outdoor Adventure Education from Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI).

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20+ Thoughts About Burnout & Sour Of Working Equines

By Jayna Wekenman

Sour, burnout, and other conditions (i.e. depressed, unhappy, behavioral vices, stressed) are concerns amongst Equine-Assisted fields (including Therapeutic Riding).  Many organizations, conferences, forums, articles, and workshops address concerns.  Despite efforts and suggestions, these are still concerns. The following are personal thoughts relating to addressing the topics, understanding what’s occurring, and contributing positively towards greater well […]

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Creating a Space for Healthy Behaviors: Equine Habitat Expansion Project

By Jayna Wekenman

Project Goals: Stimulate natural behaviors Support holistic equine sustainability & wellness Explore transferable metaphors for patients & staff Integrate metaphors into treatment for patients Spirit and Apollo nibble on the leaves of a mesquite tree, pause, look across the wash, and continue to nibble this time on tufts of grass. Coy steps carefully navigating rocks […]

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Domestic Foragers

By Jayna Wekenman

The sun light peeks over the Catalina Mountains, at the sleepy desert below. Four horses stir and whinny in a large paddock. Clank! A hoof meets the metal as one horse paws at the gate.Their breakfast awaits in two areas separate from the paddock: Bermuda hay loose in feeders and Bermuda hay contained in slow feeding hay […]