Equine Therapy is a type of experiential therapy between patients and horses. This type of therapy can involve grooming, feeding, haltering, and leading a horse. The goal of equine therapy is to provide students with a unique type of learning experience and give them a chance to develop a meaningful bond with the animal. Therapists use the interactions with the horse as teachable moments for the students. By working and interacting with the horses, students have the opportunity to learn and develop meaningful skills. These skills include accountability, responsibility, self-confidence, self-control, and problem-solving skills.

Equine therapy is an innovative approach towards treatment that doesn’t even feel like treatment.

The Benefits of Equine Therapy

Horses specifically offer many benefits towards students seeking treatment. Horses have the unique ability to recognize the emotions of their caretakers.  Horses tend to be non-judgmental, have no preconceived expectations or motives, and consistently mirror attitudes and behaviors of the humans with whom they are working.

While working with horses under the guidance and supervision of an equine therapist, equine therapy patients have a unique opportunity to recognize their tendency to engage in self-defeating and otherwise negative thoughts and actions. When the students become self-aware of their own thoughts and actions, this allows for a great reflective moment with the therapist during and after the interaction with the horse.

When students see that the horses are responding positively to their guidance, they will gain a greater sense of confidence and independence. They also learn how controlling their actions is important when interacting with others. Here are some other improvements seen in students who participate in equine therapy:

  • Assertiveness
  • Emotional awareness
  • Empathy
  • Stress tolerance
  • Flexibility
  • Impulse control
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Self-actualization
  • Independence
  • Self-regard
  • Social responsibility
  • Interpersonal relationships

Solstice East can help

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls ages 14-18 who struggle with mental health disorders. This program implements equine therapy as one of their many forms of treatment. The focus is on regulation and relationship, the horse is the relationship. Students get feedback at the moment on how they are being experienced by the horse. Solstice East offers many other opportunities for young girls to sharpen and develop important skills and attributes such as self-confidence, self-control, communication, and responsibility. This program gives students a fresh start towards a happy and healthy future. We can help your family today!

Contact us at (855) 672-7058