What is Equine Therapy?
- Equine Therapy is based on the foundation that a relationship with a horse can increase an individuals capacity for connection, foster personal growth and support the exploration of relational patterns.
- It can involve riding, lungeing, leading, feeding, grooming and herd work dependent on each individual’s needs and desires
- It occurs mostly outside in a field or a stall with horses
- It has been known to assist many different people with a variety of needs and hopes in therapy
Why Equine Therapy?
- Horses are intuitive creatures known for their ability to connect with humans while also maintaining access to their wild and primal nature. A horse has a heightened and increased ability to sense their environment. The horses deep connection to their senses and their unique perspective of the environment can offer supportive guidance around shifting perspectives and emotional states in therapy.
- A connection with horses fosters increased self-esteem and confidence.
- Working with horses teaches the importance of appropriate boundaries.
- Equine Therapy can increase an individual’s ability to express their needs and emotions clearly.
- Riding horses increases trunk control, fine motor control and balance.
- Equine Therapy allows for real-life situations in which individuals must learn to develop and integrate life-skills.
Eve has worked with the following populations in the Equine Arena:
- ADD and ADHD
- Behavioral Problems and Emotional Regulation
- Kid’s Empowerment
- Reactive Attachment Disorder
- Trauma; Physical, Sexual, Mental and Emotional
I work with the horses in many different ways and I allow for organic influence. A lot of the time the horses intuitively know what to do and so does the client; I am there to help guide the experience.
I have always had horses in my life, and I believe that they are very powerful and intuitive creatures. I have had many influential therapeutic and personal experiences with horses, and profoundly believe in their ability to teach us. Horses can help to highlight our relational patterns, therefore giving us the insight needed to create the changes that can enhance our growth and connection.
The sessions often incorporate groundwork with horses, enabling clients to experiment with their boundaries, use their voice, and step into their power. It can also include observation and herd work, referencing hierarchies, groups and family systems. Working with the horses incorporates touch through grooming and petting, which can provide an increase in dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin; chemicals which can support individuals in feelings of connection and positivity.
Riding is one of the many ways to explore this feeling of connection and balance. It can help us feel supported during challenging times, and can help increase self-esteem and confidence. It also helps with basic motor control, trunk control and building major muscle groups.
This therapy is about fostering relationships. Some of my clients never ride, and others set it as an intention and a goal to work towards in their process. However, each individual works with me and the horses to determine their path of healing. Some individuals observe horses for their whole time, others engage with one horse and move through a whole relational experience. You are a part of determining what your healing looks like.
As the therapist, I maintain the safety of the interaction while helping to guide the client towards increased capacity for contact, trust, boundaries, and self-regulation. I have the ability to balance compassion with a practical eye for enacting change.