Equine Therapy

Horse's are becoming more popular in therapy and for good reason!

 

  • Immediate feedback: Since horses are prey animals they have developed the ability to sense a person’s feelings and respond accordingly. Because of this, they can serve as a mirror which allows that client and the therapist to see and understand feelings the client may not be aware of.

 

  • Opportunities for learning: the person can use their interactions with the horse to evaluate and modify the way they interact with people. The therapist can also use the horses as a way to open conversation about the person’s presenting issues.

 

  • Opportunities for trust-building:  for someone who is uncomfortable talking in a traditional therapy setting, or who has trouble trusting might find equine therapy to be a safe environment where they can open up and develop trust, both between himself and the horses and between themselves and their therapist.

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  • Healthy relationships: horses offer people a non-judging relationship, which can help a person struggling with negative relationship consequences the ability to rebuild their confidence without fear of criticism.​

What does equine therapy look like?

Therapy looks different for every client and will move through the phases at different paces. Some clients stay at phase 1 the entire time and others will move quickly to phase 3.

 

Phase 1: Grooming and getting acquainted with the horse

Phase 2: Learning to lead and use horse language

Phase 3: Working with the horse freestyle in the round pen

Phase 4: Riding (only with recommendation from the therapist)

 

Phase 4 is not used with everyone. It is for people that need more intensive therapy or has moved through the other phases and still want to work on more issues.

Please note: Equine therapy is on hold for the foreseeable future and I'm not accepting any clients nor holding a waitlist currently