Equine Assisted Therapy

Experience the power of equine assisted therapy. The calming presence of horses, coupled with their keen ability to sense and respond to the human condition, provides an ideal environment for healing.

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What is Equine Assisted Therapy?

Equine Assisted Therapy is an umbrella term encompassing several therapeutic activities involving horses.  Some include mounted/riding the horse while most does not.

What are some of the benefits that can be improved with Equine Assisted Therapy?

  • Self-esteem

  • Communication skills

  • Self-awareness

  • Relaxation

  • Empowerment

  • Interpersonal relationships

  • Self-control

  • Focus and concentration

  • Happiness

Studies have also shown that Equine Assisted Therapy can decrease anger, depression, dissociation and aggression.

How long is each session?

Session times can vary but typically are one hour.  The first few sessions may be 90 minutes in length due to discussing overall program, safety basics, terminology and more.

How many horses will I get to work with?

It isn't uncommon to work with a wide variety of horses depending on your disposition or need.  In many cases when we walk into the corral the horse "picks" you, which is a pretty special moment.

How can Equine Assisted Therapy help?

Studies have shown people of all ages can benefit from equine-assisted therapy, and horses have been incorporated into treatment for a wide variety of issues, including:

  • PTSD

  • Trauma

  • Inattention and hyperactivity (ADHD)

  • Addictions and substance abuse issues

  • Mood-related issues

  • Autism

  • Asperger’s

  • Learning difficulties

  • Eating and food issues

  • Grief and loss

  • Bipolar

  • Depression

  • Anxiety 

How does Equine Assisted Therapy work?

There is scientific evidence that supports working with horses is beneficial.  You might be interested in a non-technical article that explains how and why it works.  

"...evidence that equine-assisted activities appear to be helpful as a complementary treatment for a range of disorders." 

Journal of Health Psychology

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