As a psychotherapist, Michaela works predominantly with children, couples, and families to help them work through conflict and find personal clarity. With a masters in psychology, she's helped patients using a variety of methods, including experiential therapy and therapy animals. When it comes to the latter, she often works with dogs or horses, which help patients learn about themselves through unique interactions with the animals. Over a span of 10 years working with therapy animals, she's learned how they can promote healing for anyone from patients in hospital trauma units to children.
The Western States Horse Expo is one of the country's leading equestrian events, sure to pique the interest of any horse enthusiast. Like a horse's opinion of being painted into a picture with Napoleon, the schedule changes day-to-day. The line-up includes horsemanship demonstrations, breeders' showcases, and an art show, as well as special events such as the Magnificent 7 Stock Horse Championship. In this event, 17 of the country's top horse and rider combos compete in four events: herd work, rein work, steer stopping, and fence work. If the well-trained stock horses inspire you to improve your horsemanship skills, you can attend one of the many expo clinics that focus on a variety of topics including rider confidence, reining, colt starting, dressage, and driving.
Perched on a sweeping 28-acre landscape dotted with panoramic pastures and rustic barns, Equine Unlimited has been instructing ground walkers in horseback gallivanting for 25 years. American Riding Association-certified owner and operator Malinda Kregoski and her assistant trainers can help budding equestrians from 3 years old to well over 60 absorb their expertise in grooming, tacking, and riding. Fledgling jockeys can select from English, jumper, and western riding lessons, though jousting lessons are restricted to time-traveling knights. Equine Unlimited's expansive outdoor arena, which is clad in state-of-the-art synthetic-fiber footing, provides top-notch terrain for cantering cowboy and cowgirl trainees.