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.
Equine Assisted Therapy is akin to traditional psychotherapy and counselling, whilst Equine Guided Learning is a lighter, more activity orientated approach that may be more suited to children, young people and those who have learning difficulties. Each client is assessed individually and matched with the best approach for them.
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 and take place in a large arena with a facilitator and a horse – or horses. 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.