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Equine Therapy

Equine Therapy for Addiciton Treatment

Until recently, much of the research on equine therapy was anecdotal rather than experiential, but that has changed as this exciting branch of therapy has gained traction in the mental health community.

Colleen Dell, Addiction Research Chair at the University of Saskatchewan, has done groundbreaking research into using equine therapy to break the cycle of addiction for teenagers who abuse solvents.

The results of her research showed that the improved self-esteem the participants developed helped them to stop abusing the harmful solvents. In addition, she noted fewer incidences of depression, improved relationships with parents and authority figures and better performance in […]

The Principles of Equine Therapy

Equine Therapy Principles

Equine therapy is a unique approach to behavioral therapy and counseling which uses the horse as an integral part of the therapy.
The success of equine therapy depends on allowing the patient to actively participate in new situations and experiences and then to process those experiences in a positive way.
In fact, equine therapy is the combination of the innate sensitivity and reflective emotional capacity of the horse and the experience of nurturing and caring for the horse while doing something in the natural world.

The therapist must have the skill to blend expertly all of these factors to create […]

What is Equine Therapy?

quine therapy is a form of therapy that uses horses to help people resolve deep emotional issues. Many people find that they have a nearly primal connection with horses, so creating a strong and nurturing relationship with a particular horse enables people to rebuild damaged or underdeveloped parts of their personality.

The emotional growth that people experience with equine therapy occurs much more rapidly than it does with most other types of therapy, so this makes equine therapy especially useful for treatment of addiction, learning problems, behavioral problems or autism.

A mental health professional and a certified Equine Specialist conduct equine […]