Introduction to Equine Assisted Therapy using Polyvagal Principles

Course Price


Course length

5 hours

About the course

This first of its kind course gives you the fundamentals of understanding Polyvagal Theory through an equine-facilitated lens.  Join Dr. Rebecca Bailey, Jaycee Dugard, and Margie McDonald (equine specialist) as they guide you through six modules:   

• Meet and Greet Your Hosts (Pre-recorded) 

• Introduction to Equine-Assisted Interventions Using Polyvagal  Principles   

• Introduction to Horses Connecting With Humans Through a Polyvagal Perspective   

• Introduction to Horse Behaviors and Their Meanings  

• Introduction to Wisdom of the Horse and Connection Focused Therapy Programs   

• Live Q&A with Rebecca, Jay and Margie!  Bring your questions and get answers to all your questions pertaining to this polyvagal equine course.

Students will have access to the course for 180 days from the date of purchase.

Instructor Information:


Rebecca Bailey, PhD

Dr. Bailey is a leading trauma therapist who specializes in complex case scenarios. She has over 30 years of experience in the field and continues to be dedicated to the notion that authenticity, common sense, and kindness are the most important elements of effective treatment. She is a lifelong equestrian and animal lover who continues believe animals, in particular horses, have much to teach humans about curiosity and compassion.

She is the author of two books: Safe Kids: Smart Parents and Equine Connections Polyvagal Principles as well as articles on Polyvagal principles in the courtroom and the application of equine interventions to a variety of populations.


Jaycee Dugard

Jaycee Dugard is a survivor of extreme trauma. She feels strongly that without animals in her world, she would not be the person she has become. Thankfully her recovery included a team of four horses who remain in her life to this day. She has made it her life’s work to support the equine human connection in tribute to her four teachers.

She is the author of two books: A Stolen Life (New York Bestseller List) and Freedom: My Book of Firsts. She has presented with Dr. Bailey at a number of venues reinforcing her work and supporting victims’ innate resiliency.


Margie McDonald

Margie McDonald is a lifelong accomplished equestrian and horse trainer. She is trained in classical dressage and has applied the teachings to an approach that embodies compassion and connection. Her work has included promoting self-awareness and kindness between horses and humans. Her approach has always embodied an awareness of heart to head connection. She is the author of Notes from the Barn and has raised the conscious compassion of numerous equine enthusiasts.