What Is Equine Therapy?
Equine-Assisted Therapy is provided in a horse based environment to promote physical, occupational, and emotional growth in persons suffering from (for example) ADD, Anxiety, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Dementia, Depression, Developmental Delay, PDA, Genetic Syndromes (such as Down Syndrome), traumatic brain injuries, behavioural/abuse problems often leading to exclusion from school, and many other complex needs.
Since horses have similar social and responsive behaviours, it is easy for the youngster to create a connection with them because animals give immediate feedback. Horses also have the ability to mirror the feelings of the handler or rider and their large and intimidating appearance can actually help youngsters develop trust and self-confidence around them.
Some of the Benefits of Equine Therapy.........................
These, in no particular order, are some benefits that have been reported after equine therapy:
Reduction of stress and anxiety.
Increased confidence and feeling of self-worth.
Improved communication and speech.
Longer concentration span.
Better eating and sleeping patterns.
A stronger immune system.
Improvement in spatial awareness and boundary perspective.
Reduction of frustration.
Fewer and less frequent meltdowns.
Generally improved social skills.
Better ability to retain and impart information.
Improved school work.
Improvements in family relationships – especially if family members become involved in the therapy.
Developing degrees of independence.
Learning to cope better with everyday situations at home/school and in public