Equine Assisted Therapy.
"This is the best experience I've had all year"
Horses have had a close relationship with people and cultures for thousands of years. The special relationship between humans and horses has been acknowledged and celebrated through many different cultures.
Equine Assisted Therapy enables a close relationship to be built between a horse and a person.
This relationship enables the person to reflect and work through areas of personal growth.
EAT assists people with physical, occupational, and emotional needs. Equine Assisted Therapy mainly occurs on the ground and is not about ‘learning how to ride a horse’.
Equine Assisted Therapy has been shown through evidence based research to show significant personal growth.
Equine Assisted Therapy is used to help people with:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Psychological stress and pain
Attention Deficit Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
People with special needs
In addition Equine Assisted Therapy can help with developing positive relationships between individuals, family relationships, corporate management, leadership skills including:
Personal self improvements
Equine Assisted Therapist Information
Rachael Martin: Post Graduate Diploma. ELM(New Zealand), Dip Teaching (New Zealand), Strengthening Wellbeing Equine Assisted Therapy, Advanced Certificate in Deepening Awareness Equine Assisted Therapy (Horse Sense), Red Cross First Aid Certificate.
Renee van Kooten: (Netherlands) Social Worker, Youth Worker, Psychology trained, Red Cross First Aid Certificate, Horse Sense Equine Assisted Modules 1, 2,3, Aggression Training Mind Body and Soul.
Equine Assisted Therapy Research:
Research has shown that Equine Assisted Therapy assists in positively developing:
• Confidence: When a person conquers a new skill of interacting with a horse, they are more ready to think and feel capable of attempting new goals and situations.
• Self-Efficacy and Acceptance: By communicating in a positively with a large animal a person can replace negative feelings with empowerment, motivation , personal growth and a desire to overcome overwhelming challenges.
• Self-Concept and Perspective: Interacting with a large horse enables a person to understand their size in proportion to the horse and therefore is able to develop a more realistic view of themselves in relation to a situation relevant to them.
• Communication: Through communicating verbally and nonverbally with a horse a person can develop a greater awareness of their emotions, thought processes and applied actions.
• Trust: Learning to develop trust with a horse helps in the development of trustworthy relationships with other individuals, especially when trust has been abused or misplaced, or when physical or sexual abuse, abandonment, neglect, or infidelity has occurred.
• Anxiety Reduction: Learning how to interact or breathe in time with the horse promotes stress reduction and the ability to self regulate a person’s anxiety.
• Decreasing Isolation: and increasing Social Skills: Horses give unconditional acceptance and seek positive connections with people. Developing a close relationship with a horse can increase non threatening social skills and a sense of inclusiveness needed to initiate closer relationships with other people. These interactions can also aid in decreasing social isolation, rejection and self abuse.
• Impulse Modulation: Communicating with a horse calmly and non-reactively promotes emotional awareness and regulation, cooperativeness, self-control, and impulse modulation. These interactions can also decrease personal aggression.
• Assertiveness: Communicating effectively with a horse requires a person to demonstrate assertiveness, direction, and initiative, in a positive way, which can transfer into other human relationships.
• Boundaries: Working with a horse requires a mutual respectful relationship within set boundaries which can be transferable into human relationships
• Spiritual Growth: By interacting with a horse a person has the opportunity to engage with the outdoors from a new perspective promoting feelings of pleasure and connection with nature and life.