Equine Therapy is a type of experiential therapy that uses horses in a manner that provides metaphoric experiences while promoting emotional growth for patients. It is a type of therapy often used and quite effective with troubled youth. Therapists teach lessons on ways in which the horses, react, follow and learn instruction which pertain to the lives of youth themselves. Equine therapy includes instruction of horse care, saddlery, basic equitation and grooming, and through these tasks patients and therapists are able to explore patterns of relationships and a wide range of therapeutic needs
Some of the positive benefits that result from Equine therapy include: trust, communication, confidence, perspective, self-acceptance, empathy, stress control, independence, decreased isolation, impulse control, social skills, self-efficacy and more.
Equine Therapy is very effective for treating:
- Dissociative disorders
- Conduct Disorders
- Healing of truama
- Eating disorder recovery
- Addiction recovery