HOW HORSES HELP
During EQUINE ASSISTED PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT the horse offers us the opportunity to experience a wide range of feelings and an unconditional and non judgemental relationship. As we interact, the horse responds immediately to non verbal cues and provides instant, honest and observable feedback as he guides us on a restorative journey, bringing insight into group dynamics as well as to the individual roles we play with families, friends and communities.
Through EAPD children learn about themselves, about boundaries, and respect for self and others and are empowered to better manage relationships and communication challenges, behavioural issues, substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse issues, depression, anxiety, bullying behaviours, PTSD, and the many other stress disorders associated with Domestic Violence.
Source: Horses And Humans
- Equine assisted therapy has been shown to increase self-esteem, improve self-efficacy, and lower anxiety
Source: (Marx & Cumella, 2003Marx, R. D. andCumella, E. J. 2003.
- Equine-Assisted Therapy is a creative way of helping children to learn and grow, while also teaching them about horses and getting them to try new things. It is also a very flexible form of treatment that can be adapted to benefit each individual child.
- Equine-Assisted Therapy has proven to be a very positive, effective form of treatment. Klontz, Bivens, Leinart, & Klontz created a quantitative study to measure the effectiveness of Equine-Assisted Therapy (2007).
- Research has found that after the therapy was completed, participants experienced an increase in psychological well-being and a decrease in overall levels of distress. Six months after the treatment, participants still had stable levels of distress and psychological well-being.
- The study found that in groups of diverse people with differing distress and self-actualization score, the treatment significantly reduced stress and improved psychological well-being.
.Source: Summer 8-1-2013 Equine-Assisted Therapy and Mindfulness: A Potential Correlation Erin Caskey