Equine Assisted Therapy
Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) and Equine Guided Learning (EGL) are a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that affect direct change on individuals, young people and families. Equine Assisted Therapy and Equine Guided Learning have their roots in therapeutic riding, and have developed into a sensitive art of non-verbal communication between horse and client.
EAT & EGL are experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves by taking part in activities with the horses, and then processing feelings, behaviours, and patterns.
At Red Horse Foundation, Equine Assisted Therapy sessions are facilitated by a mental health trained professional and are very supportive to the client. The focus is first and last on the client /horse relationship, but the facilitator may also integrate traditional models of counselling and psychotherapy when appropriate.
Equine Guided Learning is shorter term.Typically 8 – 12 sessions are recommended. The focus is on equipping the client to meet their current life challenges or for general personal development. Equine Guided Learning may be used for a variety of different clients including;
- Young People at risk
- Schools & SEN pupils
- Veterans & Armed Forces
- Personal Development
Both EAT and EGL offer the development of emotional regulation and intelligence, sensory body awareness and confidence building through relationship building with the horses. Connections can be made by completing activities, playing or being in stillness with one or more of the herd.
All our facilitators are certified mental health and equine assisted specialists.
Sessions last between 1 hour and 90 mins. A minimum of 8 sessions is generally recommended. Weekly groups and weekend workshops can be provided for schools and other organisations.
No experience with horses is necessary, and most of the time is spent on the ground communicating with the horse, guided by experienced facilitators. Riding may also occasionally take place by mutual agreement of client and therapist.
Please contact us to find out more. We aim to make our service as accessible as possible. Concessions are available for the low-waged and unemployed.
We also offer introductory days and personal development workshops . Please see our events page for more information.