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Effectiveness Research


Since the time of the ancient Greeks (500 B.C.) horses have been used as a therapeutic aid to help humans progress past their issues. There are numerous case studies and stories that depict the healing power of horses. However, scientific studies have been performed in order to either prove or disprove the therapeutic powers of horses. While there is some evidence to support their therapeutic powers, insufficient medical evidence has been published to support these claims. Two systematic reviews of existing studies both agreed that more vigorous and higher-quality studies are needed. 

programs

Our equine-assisted therapy (EAT) program  is intended to complement traditional clinical therapy. Learn more about this recreational treatment.

Assisting

More than 1 in 5 people with a mental health disability report difficulty getting care due to costs. Help us make a difference in the lives of thousands.

mission & vision

To Help All Those We Can. 

Assisting

More than 1 in 5 adults with a mental health disability report difficulty getting care due to costs. Help us make a difference in the lives of thousands.

Helping people heal and reach their highest potential through therapeutic equine activities

Assisting

More than 1 in 5 adults with a mental health disability report difficulty getting care due to costs. Help us make a difference in the lives of thousands.

According to the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) - the leading international nonprofit association for professionals incorporating horses to address mental health and personal development needs - EAT works more effectively and quickly than traditional clinical and psychoeducational approaches. 


Working with horses is not only engaging and hands-on, but a real time theraputic experience that is immediate and fully felt.  


Why Horses?


Horses are specifically chosen for this type of treatment for a multitude of reasons. Studies have shown that the nature of these dominant creatures allows riders to develop confidence in themselves and overcome their fears. This confidence can provide wonderful insight for our clients when they come across intimidating and challenging situations in their everyday lives. 


Furthermore, horses are a lot like humans socially. What works for one horse, won't necessarily work with other horses.  Each has a unique personality with their own moods and attitudes. Therefore, when our instructors and horses work with clients, they are working on their social skills and to improve upon the relationships in their lives.


Moreover, horses are profoundly gifted reflectors, they have the ability to read and respond to the nonverbal messages each individual is always exuding. Consequently, they begin to feel the same vibe that others in your life draw from you. Therefore, horses begin to mimic the behaviors of others in your life - your family, partner, colleague, children. This mimicking technique gives our clients insight into their own behavior and allows them the chance to work through these relationships and issues in a safe and nonjudgmental environment.

Help Heal

Learn how equine-assisted therapy can help those closest to you