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Beastie Bonds

Loyalty is a Two-Way Street

Nov 10, 2022

On the show, guests have shared their remarkable experiences with animals including dogs and cats. On this episode, my guest talks about their bond with a horse. Something unique about my guest, Shania Hunnicutt, is that she is combining her passion for horses and for helping people- Shania is in the process of becoming a Gestalt Equine Coach. In this coaching modality, the horse is a coaching partner, playing an active role in helping clients transform their pain and trauma so they can be high-functioning individuals.

Shania’s experience of the powerful bond between herself and her horse, Shiner, came to my attention when, along with thousands of others around the world, I happened upon a TikTok video clip in which Shiner can be seen drawing Shania close as she sobs.

In my conversation with Shania, she provides context for her viral TikTok clip, and explains how horses have an incredible natural ability to work with people within the context of the Gestalt Equine Coaching modality, developed by Melisa Pearce at Touched By a Horse.

The clip of Shania and Shiner referred to in this episode can be found here.  

Shania writes, “Horses have amazing healing powers and Shiner felt the pain I had inside. Shiner knew the assignment and knew exactly what I needed. He has never done this before, I couldn't help but break down, I knew I wasn't alone as I had my best friend. He is my heart horse.”

For more information about the Equine Gestalt Coaching method and its founder Melisa Pearce go to

Check out Melisa’s Podcast, Touched by a Horse.

You can find some gorgeous pictures of Shania and Shiner on our social media, and while there please consider following the show on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

Shania is on Tik Tok:  southernbelletouch and Instagram: southernbelletoucheq

Connect with Shania, including adding your email to her newsletter list, & keep in touch to learn when she is ready to accept coaching clients though her business, Healing Through Broken Strides at 

For some good information about life-coaching/mentoring, including research that supports its benefits, you can check out

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Beastie Bonds Theme: King James by Ghost Beatz, Royalty-free Library

 Episode Theme Music: Back Together by the Visitants, Royalty-free Library