There are many areas where horses can help, such as trauma, grief, recovery, depression, and anxiety for all genders and all ages. Working with horses in nature is a unique and effective therapy treatment, especially for those who need an alternative to traditional talk therapy. Equine therapy is "experiential" and in our sessions with horses, we focus on sharing space with them and building trust over time while we learn to ground, groom, and lead with the supervision of licensed mental health professionals. Equine-facilitated therapy sessions use feedback from the horse's behavior and interactions to give insight, thus enhancing the process and providing a therapeutic experience unparalleled by talk therapy alone.
As herd animals, they are highly social and empathic, relying on their relationships with one another for comfort, safety, and survival. Each horse’s distinct personality may remind you of someone you know, eliciting emotions and behaviors that can be processed in a safe and non-judgmental way. Horses can help build self-efficiency, confidence, trust, communication, and social skills. They also help humans learn impulse control, boundary setting, emotion regulation, and much more.
New insights, skills, and successes developed with the horses transfer to each participant's everyday life. Medicine Horse provides a fun, challenging, and unique environment in which human growth, healing, and potential may be achieved.