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EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY & LEARNING

It is well known that humans benefit from regular contact with animals; and ,in particular many humans have an especially unique relationship with the horse, thanks to the long association of people and horses. Horses can be related to freedom for many people and equine assisted therapy makes an important connection between people and horses, for mutual benefit.

Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals.  Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term, or "brief" approach.

EAT is experiential in nature.  This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns.  This approach has been compared to the courses used by therapists, treatment facilities, and human development courses around the world.  But EAT has the added advantage of utilising horses, dynamic and powerful living beings.

EAT is used in a variety of therapy fields; and horses can help people with physical issues, speech problems, behavioural issues, emotional problems, and other disabilities. Those that participate in such programs often express appreciation for the process, crediting their therapy with some later accomplishments. EAT is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups. EAT addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.

Many Equine Assisted Therapy programs focus specifically on behavioural problems. Horses can serve as a silent intermediary, acting as teachers in facilitated exercises, either in groups or alone. Group of convicts might be asked to solve a problem relating to a horse, such as teaching the horse to run a course of jumps. During the session, the members of the group learn to communicate with each other and to work cooperatively.

Horses are also used in occupational therapy, helping develop skills which will help them later in life. Equine-Assisted Therapy can help people communicate, develop fine motor skills learn to approach problems in new ways, and it can foster understanding and compassion for diverse people and animals.

Equine Assisted Therapy can assist the following groups of people:

Excluded young people
Ex-Offenders
Autism
Addiction
Eating disorders
Learning disabilities
PTSD
Depression
Persons with terminal illnesses
Injured ex -servicemen
Life skills

We have a team of qualified psychotherapists who can offer help by way of EAT.