“Please keep Mended Hearts in mind, we are a locally ran, non-profit Therapeutic Riding and Counseling Center who has been helping families, adults, and children for over 15 years! We rely on donations to help our families in need and to support our therapy animals!”
Why Use Equine Facilitated Therapy?
Horses have been called “the dolphin of the prairies” because they:
- 1. Provide unconditional friendship
- 2. Provide immediate, honest and observable feedback.
- 3. Horses mirror our own, sometimes subconscious thoughts by reacting to body language, tone of voice and overall presence.
- 4. Studies have shown that horses can help clients learn more about how they interact with others and that in turn helps them improve their relationship skills (Glass, 1996).
- 5. Equine Specialized Psychotherapy allows clients to develop trust in both horse and in others (Parker, 2001).
Who is Equine Facilitated Therapy For?
- * Low self-esteem
- * Body image disorders
- * Attention deficit and disruptive behavior disorders
- * Other cognitive disorders
- * Relationship problems
- * Memory impairment
- * Sensory deficits
- *Tourette’ s syndrome
- * Post Traumatic stress disorders
- * Mental retardation disorders
- *Learning disorders
- * Brain injury
- * Communication disorders
- * Pervasive developmental disorders
- * Substance-Related disorders
- * Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic
- * Mood Disorders
- * Depressive disorders
- * Anxiety disorders
- * Dissociate disorders
- * Sexual and Gender identity disorders
- * Eating disorders
- * Impulse-Control disorders
- * Personality disorders
- * Low self-esteem
How Does a Typical Session Work?
Charles de Kunffy noted some of the emotional benefits gained from being with horses when he said “Courage, wisdom born of insight and humility, empathy born of compassion and love, all can be bequeathed by a horse to his rider” (Clara, 2001).
Do I have to have equine experience?
Is equine therapy safe?
Find more information about Equine Facilitated Therapy by checking out the links below:
EAGALA – Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, Inc.