What are the benefits?
Working with the horses is powerful and effective and uses the dynamic nature of horses to address a variety of mental health and human development needs including challenging behaviour, attention deficit disorder, depression, abuse issues, addiction, eating disorders, attachment disorder and other relationship problems.
How does it work?
Several different approaches are used according to need. In some sessions, a client might not even touch the horse at all. Often the professional leading the session will set goals for the client to complete, such as leading the horse to a designated area or putting a halter on the horse. The client will complete the task to the best of their ability and then discuss the thought process, ideas and problem solving used to complete the task. Discussing what the client is doing at a given time allows them to improve language skills. Listening to the instructor helps improve the individuals ability to listen and follow directions and to ask questions. Not only is there communication between the client and the professional, but also between the client and the horse which allows for connections to be made.
Our sessions usually take place in our purpose built indoor arena but, weather permitting, we also take advantage of the paddocks and woodland tracks around the beautiful countryside of Mossburn Community Farm.
What do we do?
We encourage clients to participate in equine activities or just be close to the horses to promote physical, occupational, and emotional growth in persons with varied needs.
Participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, then discussing and processing feelings, behaviours and patterns.
Since the horses have similar behaviours to humans, such as social and responsive behaviours, it is easy for the patients to create a connection with a horse.
EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY
Agency Workshop October 2017.
Why Learning with Horses?
We provide a safe and welcoming environment for individuals and groups facilitated by qualified and professional leaders with the aim of supporting them through challenging times.
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