What is Equine Therapy?
According to CRC Health, equine therapy is a form of experiential therapy that involves interactions between patients and horses. With equine therapy, patients are accompanied by a mental health professional and do engagement tasks with the horses while also meeting the basic needs of the animal. Equine therapy may include feeding and grooming the horses. Equine therapy has proven to be effective in treating a variety of mental illnesses, including anxiety, depression, and chronic stress.
According to CRC Health, equine therapy has the potential to build assertiveness, emotional awareness, empathy, stress tolerance, flexibility, impulse control, problem-solving skills, self-actualization, independence, self-regard, social responsibility, interpersonal relationships.
Equine therapy is different than traditional therapy because it offers patients an opportunity to engage in nature and move around while expressing their emotions. Equine therapy has been useful with all populations; however, it is favored by young children and older adults. For more information about equine therapy, its benefits or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 469.714.0006.
Written by Aly Bowles – Social Media Coordinator