What is Equine Therapy?
Equine assisted therapy is an active psychotherapeutic intervention involving horses and guided by a trained equine therapist. Therapy can be conducted on an individual or group basis depending on the addiction treatment needs.
People suffering from alcohol and drug addiction, emotional trauma (including PTSD and dissociative process), low-self esteem, eating disorders, learning difficulties, anxiety and depression can all benefit from therapy with horses.
How do Horses Help Addiction Treatment?
During equine therapy powerful personal learning takes place in a physically and emotionally safe environment.
Horses are expert non-verbal communicators, hence their successful existence for 50 million years. When engaging with horses we find alternative ways of relating to the world around us.
Benefits of Equine Therapy in Addiction Treatment
- Building personal boundaries
- Social skills
- Aiding communication
- Anxiety reduction
- Greater trust
- Responsiveness (as opposed to an impulsive reaction)
- Anger management
What Our Patients Say
“It helped me process really heavy weeks and got me really fast and in the here and now.”
“I feel noticeably calmer, less detached and able to interact better with people as my patience level has dramatically improved. My depression has lessened as well.”
“As I have never been around horses I didn’t think I would achieve anything but I did and have had my eyes opened.”
“On Fridays (equine therapy day) I have my best night sleep.”
“…lowering my stress level significantly.”