Horses are remarkably therapeutic by nature. The bond formed between a horse and rider is one that is very difficult to replicate elsewhere. However, there are some who take this a step further in using a regimen known as equine therapy.
Equine therapy is not only for expert riders. In fact, it is commonly a more effective practice for students who have very little prior experience, as little to no riding actually takes place and some of the main skills of focus during therapeutic lessons are creative problem solving and leadership.
Training, horsemanship instruction, caring for horses, and developing relationships with the animals naturally benefits people in the same way caring for a pet would. Having a horse be reliant on a participant for instruction and guidance can lend both adolescents and adults a measure of responsibility that they may otherwise feel robbed of.
Horses are more effective than other pets, because while they are still responsive, they are naturally intimidating animals. Large and powerful, developing relationships with an animal that seems to be overbearing is extremely healing for participants who may feel intimidated by other relationships outside of their control. Working with horses despite a certain fear of the animal, can tremendously improve confidence.
As horses are social creatures, with defined roles within their herds, there is great opportunity for metaphorical learning from interactions within the therapy group. Both in caring for and working with horses, students are encouraged to put a lot of effort into their relationships with the horses. And in a culture of instant gratification, making a long-term time commitment and watching it pay off can do wonders, particularly for a youth’s mindset.
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