What is Equine Assisted Therapy?

What is Equine Assisted Therapy?

Equine Assisted Therapy

Equine Assisted Therapy is a proven experiential form of therapy.  Equine therapy has been compared to other experiential forms of therapy such as play therapy, adventure therapies, and art therapies.

However, equine therapy has the added element of a unique creature, the horse, who is a master at reading body language, intent, and emotion.  The complete and honest feedback of the horse is the special ingredient that makes EAP so powerful.

A common question in equine therapy is “what are the horses doing?”  Clients interact with the horses and then process the interaction with an equine specialist and mental health professional.  Clients receive immediate and honest feedback from the horse, empowering them to learn new behaviors and accomplish their goals both in and outside the arena.

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While there is time for clients to reflect on what they learn, equine therapy is not a “talk therapy.”  Instead, the primary feedback is provided by the horse.  The natural behavior and characteristics of horses increase client self-awareness and ultimately lead to changes in behavior. 

Next: “Why Horses?”