Equine -Assisted Therapy

What is it?

Equine-assisted therapy is a treatment which uses equine activities for helping those who have emotional or physical challenges.

 

Who does it benefit?

 

• Individuals with autism or ADHD

• Individuals with anxiety or depression

• Individuals recovering from stroke or surgery

• Individuals with neuromuscular disorders

• Pre-teens or adolescents struggling with socializing

• Individuals with special needs

 

Why use horses?

Many people involved with equine therapy say that horses seem to have an affinity for healing effects. Fun and enjoyment can come out of working with horses. Activities are very hands on and participants don't feel they are involved in a therapy session. The horses are large and often intimidating creatures, which allows participants to gain trust with the animal. The horse gives you immediate feedback about your own actions and body language through mirroring. If you are tense and nervous, the horse will mirror this feeling. You learn to act and react appropriately.

How does it benefit?

People often find it difficult to open up and process painful emotions and experiences. Equine-assisted therapy allows people of all ages to work on issues such as:

  • Emotional awareness

  • Assertiveness

  • Social skills

  • Confidence/Self-esteem

  • Trust in self

  • Trust in others

  • Empathy

  • Impulse control

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Developing and maintaining relationships                                                                           

It is important to speak with a trained mental health provider to determine if you or your loved one are a good fit for equine-assisted therapy. We are happy to discuss our program with the mental health provider and the meet with the client/parent/guardian and perform an assessment to determine if EAP is right for them before beginning any program.