Using horses within therapy
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Equestrian therapy (also known as equine therapy or Equine-Assisted Therapy [EAT]) is a form of therapy that makes use of horses to help promote emotional growth. Equestrian therapy is particularly applied to patients with ADD, anxiety, autism, dementia, delay in mental development, down syndrome and other genetic syndromes, depression, trauma and brain injuries, behaviour and abuse issues and other mental health issues.

Horses are the most popularly used animal for therapy. This is because, horses have the ability to respond immediately and give feedback to the rider’s action or behaviour. Horses are also able to mirror the person’s emotion.

The basis of the therapy is that because horses behave similarly like human beings do in their social and responsive behaviour; it is always easy for patients to establish connection with the horse.

In the process, equestrian or equine therapy aims for its patients or students to:

  • Build sense of self-worth, self-concept
  • Improve communication
  • Build trust and self-efficiency
  • Develop socialization skills and decrease isolation
  • Learn impulse control and emotional management
  • Set perspective
  • Learn their limits or boundaries.

Equine facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) is also known as equine assisted psychotherapy, equine facilitated mental health and equine assisted counselling. EFP promotes and practices interaction with horses to assist individuals with emotional and mental disabilities, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and mood disorder, those with behavioural problems and those going through a death in the family or life changes.

A licensed therapist will conduct the counselling or psychotherapy. Therapist will work together with an equine specialist when dealing with many clients simultaneously including their families and groups. The therapist may make use of one or a herd of horses.

  • Equine facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) is also known as equine assisted psychotherapy, equine facilitated mental health and equine assisted counselling. EFP promotes and practices interaction with horses to assist individuals with emotional and mental disabilities, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and mood disorder, those with behavioural problems and those going through a death in the family or life changes.
  • EFP promotes and practices interaction with horses to assist individuals with emotional and mental disabilities.

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