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.