Equine therapy is one of the most valued treatments in rehabilitation. This type of therapy is considered to boost mental and physical health. Many individuals who require rehabilitation treatment have distanced themselves from everyone around them, both physically and emotionally. They have become attached to dependencies instead of other humans. Using escapes such as drugs, video games, alcohol, pornography, and more can damage self-image and, in return, destroy relationships.
A healthy bond can be reconnected through activities with the individual and the horse, creating healthy habits and showing the individual that they can open up and let themselves be seen.
During equine-assisted therapy, the individual is guided in specific activities with the horse as a team. Horses are brilliant animals and have feelings similar to those that humans experience. Horses can read emotions very well and sense when an individual feels fear, anxiety, loneliness, sadness, and even happiness. Bonds between humans and horses can become very strong. For example, people buy dogs and cats and they become part of the family. Your pet is always there for you when you need it and can relieve anxiety and stress by being around and comforting you. This is another big positive for using equine-assisted therapy. A healthy bond can be reconnected through activities with the individual and the horse, creating healthy habits and showing the individual that they can open up and let themselves be seen. People will make a meaningful relationship full of trust, love, and companionship for the first time in years. We have seen success in this type of treatment, helping those individuals that struggle with dependencies. As a by-product of opening up and creating a healthy relationship in equine-assisted therapy, we have seen families begin to re-kindle relationships thought to be lost.
The ability horses have to create a safe space for kids and adults to be vulnerable is incredible. In some cases, it has been shown to allow people who struggle with ADHD, eating disorders, autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, grief, Trauma, RAD and PTSD. Treatments can take place by creating an atmosphere of trust and companionship, and individuals begin to progress on their pathways to success.
To learn more on equine therapy and more ways to help individuals that require assistance visit White River Academy.