Equine Assisted Therapy
- Equine Assisted Therapy is a holistic, experiential therapeutic approach that focuses and is centred on the client’s emotional, cognitive, physical and social needs.
- Equine assisted therapy combines psychological-therapeutical principles with the horse’s ability to develop a healing relationship with the client.
- All therapeutic activities are based around this relationship, and are embedded in working with and around the horse. Whilst some activities may use the horse’s unique movement and be performed on horseback, developing riding or horsemanship skills is NOT the focus of equine assisted therapy.
Equine assisted therapy is a strength based approach, and focuses on building existing strengths and developing new skills, abilities and empowerment.
With the aid of the horse, a non-judgemental therapy setting is created which can provide the client opportunities to grow at their own pace.
Equine Assisted Therapy can promote:
- Physical health and emotional wellbeing
- Social and Communication skills
- Responsibility and Respect
- Self confidence
- The integration of sensory experiences
- Proprioceptive awareness
- Gross and fine-motor skills
- Attention span and the ability to focus
- Problem Solving skills
Who is Equine Assisted Therapy for?
Equine Assisted Therapy can help children, young adults and any persons with disabilities, developmental disorders, psychological disorders and traumatic experiences. A “diagnosis” is not a requirement as we focus on how your strengths can help overcome the challenges, whatever they might be.