Stacey Carter, BA Medical Ethics, PATH Int'l Certified Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
Trained through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Stacey strives to make all interactions with horses therapeutic, for both horses and humans. Her influences include Mark Russell's Natural Dressage, Barbara Rector's Adventures in Awareness, Mary Debono's Debono Moves, Jim Masterson's Masterson Method, as well as a great number of teachers of mindfulness, myofascial release, equine bodywork, natural horsemanship, dressage, and equine facilitated therapy.
As a young rider Stacey participated in Pony Club, competed in combined training events, foxhunted, and taught riding lessons. She graduated in 1996 from Davidson College with a BA in Medical Ethics. A lifelong horsewoman, she was drawn to the potential of horses as healers for the mind, body, and spirit. At Saving Grace Farm in Salisbury, Stacey helped grow a therapeutic horsemanship program for people with special needs, developed the GALLOP (growing and leading lives of purpose) program for at-risk youth, and provided services for veterans. She currently works in partnership with local organizations to provide horsemanship, riding, and equine assisted learning opportunities for local youth. She has over 25 years of experience starting young horses under saddle, rehabilitating horses, helping riders overcome fear and gain confidence, and teaching basic riding and horsemanship skills with an emphasis on connection, communication, and positive leadership.
Stacey is currently in Yoga Teacher Training and developing Yin Horsemanship Clinics in partnership with Deb D'Amato, certified massage therapist and bodyworker. A counterpart to more traditional training methods, Yin Horsemanship focuses on techniques to release tension, to facilitate relaxation and connection, and to restore balance and alignment. This approach blends yoga techniques with myofascial release and natural horsemanship to improve physical and mental well-being.
"We can do no great things, only small things with great love" -Mother Theresa