Therapeutic Riding and Equine Assisted Learning:
- Therapeutic activities whose purposes are to enhance cognitive, behavioral, or physical skills for individuals through working with horses, mounted and unmounted.
Equine Assisted Therapy and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy:
- Here clients partner with the horse to learn how to build healthy and mutually respectful relationships which will allow them to make reparative connections thus healing from their past.
Team Building Workshops
- These groups run for several hours and are offered to corporations, businesses, and other groups looking for their team to become more cohesive. Individual hardships may come up through the experiential work with horses, but if participants are not comfortable enough they do not need to share. The focus is a fun-filled day with coworkers, or other peers, allowing each other to be somewhat vulnerable and gain trust and respect for one another.
What is Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP):
- A hands-on therapy model
- A relational therapy model
- A trauma-informed model
- Working through challenges by utilizing mounted and on the ground activities
How does EFP work:
- Horses are an ideal partner in animal-assisted therapy because they elicit a different communication style than what we as humans are used to – nonverbal communication. They also offer themselves as a nonjudgmental being, accepting the person rather than our labels or symptoms.
- While mostly domesticated, horses have maintained much of their wild instincts when it comes to reading others and through the bonding process. Horses’ responsive nature makes them an ideal therapy partner as they are naturally curious, have individual personalities, and respond to human behavior.
- It is often difficult to talk about trauma and difficult experiences. When working with horses, in this experiential therapy, one can begin the healing process by bonding with a horse. Through this process, one learns mindfulness, emotion regulation, and how to respond calmly and not impulsively to cultivate the relationship–all of which can be difficult for trauma survivors. These skills then begin to translate into one’s everyday life and their relationships.
How does Mounted EFP work:
- The movement of the horse, when riding, stimulates bilateral movements in the brain (uses both sides of the grain), rewiring what has been damaged from trauma. This also helps clients learn and practice regulation, getting them prepared to be able to work through their trauma/s
- Clients have reported that the traumatic event and its PTSD symptoms decrease dramatically & often say that the images (flashbacks & memory of the event) changes and becomes distant.
Who is a good candidate for EFP?
- Individuals ages 5 an up
- Individuals, family, and group work
- Typically, individuals who have a hard time engaging in traditional talk therapy have outcomes with EFP
- Diagnoses including but not limited to:
- Attachment Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Oppositional Defiant Disorders
- Substance Use
- PTSD & Trauma Survivors
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Self-harming Behaviors
- Military-related symptoms
- Eating Disorders
- And others…
Other populations we serve
- Military servicemembers
- First responders
- Domestic violence survivors
- Other mental health professionals
- And others…