What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy?

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy incorporates horses experientially (not experimentally) for emotional growth and learning. No previous experience with horses is necessary. It is a collaborative effort between a mental health professional and a horse professional working with the people and horses to address personal and/or treatment goals. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term or “brief” approach.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns. This approach has been compared to the ropes courses used by therapists, treatment facilities, and human development courses around the world. But Equine Assisted Psychotherapy activities have the added advantage of utilizing horses; dynamic and powerful living beings.

Horses Easing Life’s Pain uses the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) Model for all activities. The EAGALA Model requires a co-facilitating team that includes a mental health professional and an equine specialist professional at all times.

The focus of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is not riding or horsemanship. The focus is setting up ground activities involving the horses which will require the individual or group to apply certain skills.

Equine Therapy can assist with:

  • Anger Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Communication
  • Responsibility
  • Self-Confidence

Who can benefit:

  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Cooperation Groups
  • Families
  • Corporate Teams
  • For ages 9-99 years