AJ Millions Leading the Way International
It’s such a pleasure to finally interview someone from the equine therapy field as it is something that I used to do! I love the work, I simply chose to take a different direction after meeting my Man and becoming an instant Mum of 3 children. I put all of my therapist knowledge and time and energy into them and decided it was time to let go of the equine therapy work.
So when I got to interview AJ I was in my element! AJ has a fascinating story to tell about her life with horses growing up in Canada. She grew up on a large ranch with her Grandfather teaching her how she did NOT want to train horses. It was wen she started her own horse as a young teenager that she decided to do everything the opposite way to her grandfather and it worked well for her!
Riding horses is as normal as walking when you grow up on a ranch!
Aj was lucky enough to attend a workshop with Ray Hunt when she was only 18. This involved riding a horse where the horse was in control and AJ was the passenger. She learned empathy at a very young age.
It was when AJ was asked to assist in an equine program run by native Canadians at a womens correctional centre that she was first exposed to horses as therapists. She tell wonderful stories of the women who were positively affected by the equine program and who went on to a better life thanks to the elders in the programs and the horses. Thanks also to the desire of the women to create change in their lives.
Here is a link to the book that she speaks of in the interview, written by Yvonne Johnson, one of the Women in the correctional centre in Canada.
Coming to Australia AJ found Phoenix Rising Australia and this is one of the foundations of her program. She has also studied in the US with Linda Kohanov which brings a new depth to her work.
AJ’s passion is working with at risk youth and has a wonderful program working with local schools to give kids some strategies to deal with the challenges of every day tasks. She speaks of the positive influence she has been able to have on particular individuals.
AJ has a dream to have a ranch here in Australia where kids can learn some not so very common, common sense. This will allow them to have skills like problem solving and also to connect with nature and animals instead of screens.
It is really important in this kind of work that the horses are cared for on an emotional and energetic level. AJ speaks about how she gives this type of care to her horses. She gives them choice and rest and she knows when her horse needs a bit of extra support after a particularly challenging day, just like us humans.
To listen to the full interview you can go to the episode page.