BENEFITS OF EQUINE THERAPY

Equine therapy is experiential in nature. This means that the participant will learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns.

Equine therapy involves setting up ground activities involving the horses (no riding will take place), which will require the participant or group to apply certain skills.  Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem solving and leadership are among the many skill sets that equine therapy will focus on.  Many times participants feel as though they should be comfortable round horses to participate in equine therapy. Even those who are uncomfortable around horses,  can have a meaningful experience.

WHY HORSES?

Those who are familiar with horses recognize and understand the power of horses to influence people in incredibly powerful ways.  Developing relationships, training, horsemanship instruction, and caring for horses naturally affects the people involved in a positive manner.

The benefits of work ethic, responsibility, assertiveness, communication, and healthy relationships has long been recognized. Horses naturally provide these benefits.  The use of horses is growing and gaining popularity with the rise of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning.

We are often asked, “Why horses?  Why not other animals?”

Naturally intimidating to many, horses are large and powerful. This creates a natural opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop confidence. Working alongside a horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides wonderful insight when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.

Like humans, horses are social animals, with defined roles within their herds.  They would rather be with their peers. They have distinct personalities, attitudes and moods; an approach that works with one horse won’t necessarily work with another.  At times, they seem stubborn and defiant.  They like to have fun.  In other words, horses provide vast opportunities for metaphorical learning, an effective technique when working with even the most challenging individuals or groups.

Horses require us to work, whether in caring for them or working with them.  In an era when immediate gratification and the “easy way” are the norm, horses require people to be engaged in physical and mental work to be successful, a valuable lesson in all aspects of life.

Most importantly, horses mirror human body language.  Many complain, “This horse is stubborn.  That horse doesn’t like me,” etc.  The lesson is that if they change themselves, the horses respond differently.  Horses are honest, which makes them especially powerful messengers.

For parents sometimes setting boundaries and limits then trying to decide what the best type of consequence are appropriate leaves many feeling inadequate as parents much of the time. Sometimes having someone from the outside offer suggestions in a non-threatening non-blaming manner is what it takes to be “Herd”. This is where Herd By A Horse, utilizing horses in the therapy sessions provides a new perspective that both parents and children usually have not seen before.

All of the exercises are presented in a manner that seem fun, but always have significant meaning behind them.
Utilizing horses to support therapeutic processes for individuals and groups promote insight in a new and exciting manner.

Herd By A Horse is an Approved 501C3 Non - Profit Corporation Contact David Rosenker for further information on helping others to experience Equine Therapy who are unable to afford services.