Horses are being used to soothe and provide calming therapy to disturbed teenage Paris Jackson. The daughter of Michael Jackson has been undergoing therapy since June of 2013 when she attempted to take her life. Her father died tragically and Jackson has been thrown into the limelight relentlessly since that time.
Having horse therapy is a remarkable method to treat anxiety and all sorts of distressors since horses do not differentiate between people, make no judgments, ask only for kindness and are natural healers of grief and misery.
The young Jackson has been troubled since the death of her internationally-famous father. In June she took an overdose of barbiturates and slashed her wrists, making a serious attempt to end her life.
At this time, Jackson is in the care of Utah’s Alpine Academy, an establishment that offers its patients excellent treatments among which is intense but relaxing, gentle horse therapy. At Alpine Academy, the young people are exposed to the care and company of horse. They learn all the basics including grooming, riding, talking and even loving the horses as part of their therapy.
Perhaps one of the greatest benefits that Jackson can have at Alpine Academy is privacy.
Lisa DeJaynes is a horse therapy expert and good friend of Jackson’s mother. She has said that the Alpine Academy “was safe and away from the cameras.” In this private environment, Jackson will be able to again bring her own life into focus and heal.
Horse therapy keeps a person's mind occupied. They won't have to worry about their own problems, but concern themselves that the horse is being cared for and groomed properly. They will start talking to it as they're grooming or riding. It's empowering and gives them perspective on their own lives.
It is expected that Jackson will remain at Alpine Academy for a year.
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