Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies

img_0848Deb and Sara have combined their love of horses, their expertise in the mental health field, and specialized certification and training to offer equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with physical, cognitive or emotional special needs hoping to improve in areas beyond the riding arena.  We currently offer the following equine assisted activities and therapies: therapeutic riding, equine assisted learning, and equine assisted psychotherapy.

Research has proven that riding horses helps to improve flexibility, muscle strength, balance, and coordination. Working with horses, whether in the saddle or on the ground, assists individuals in increasing confidence, empathy, and self-esteem

Working with horses requires individuals to have emotional, behavioral, and physical awareness and connection.  Without this, we are unable to act as safe and effective leaders for our equine partners.  Therapeutic horsemanship techniques teach individuals how to increase their awareness of themselves and to make shifts in their body language, behaviors, and feelings to better communication with equine partners and, therefore, increase ability to effectively interact appropriately with other people as well.

Please contact us for more information, to determine which EAAT may be appropriate for your needs, and for prices.

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What are equine assisted activities and therapies?

Equine-Assisted Activities (EAA)

Equine-assisted activities are any specific center activity, e.g.. therapeutic riding, mounted or ground activities, grooming and stable management, shows, parades, demonstrations, etc., in which the center’s clients, participants, volunteers, instructors and equines are involved.

Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT)

Equine-assisted therapy is treatment that incorporates equine activities and/or the equine environment. Rehabilitative goals are related to the patient’s needs and the medical professional’s standards of practice.

Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL)

Equine-assisted learning (EAL) is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for eductional, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. PATH Intl. provides standards of professionalism and safety for people workin in the EAAT field and guidelines for those providing EAL.

Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)

EFP is defined as an interactive process in which a licensed mental health professional working with or as an appropriately credentialed equine professional, partners with suitable equine(s) to address psychotherapy goals set forth by the mental health professional and the client.

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs.

Definitions sourced from PATH International