Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the difference between Equine Assisted Therapy ( EAT)and Equine Guided Learning (EGL)?
An EAT session at Red Horse Foundation is with a mental health trained professional who is usually either a counsellor or a psychotherapist, and is also EAT trained.
An Equine Guided Learning session is with an EGL practitioner who may or may not have mental health training.
An EGL session will have a more teaching or coaching approach and will usually not include the clients personal story as it would in an EAT session.
2. Do I need to be able to ride a horse to do this?
No. Equine Assisted Therapy does not generally involve any riding unless it is by mutual agreement. You do not need any experience of horses to take part.
3. I am scared of horses, will this work for me?
We can work with you to help you to overcome your fear of horses. We have had previous success with clients who were uncomfortable around horses but who, nevertheless, experienced considerable therapeutic benefits from this approach. We are happy to talk to you about the nature and extent of your fear as it may be possible to adapt some of our approaches to help you.
4. What kind of mental health training do your staff have?
Click here to see details of our staff and their qualifications.
5. What is Holistic Horsemanship?
Traditional English riding styles were built on the need for the military to control a horse on the battle field believe it or not! These days we use a more gentle approach that respects the horse's ability to have say in the relationship.
The term 'Natural horsemanship' simple refers to a less coercive method of training, harnessing the willingness and natural tendencies of the horse. There are many great 'natural' horsemanship teachers, but at Red Horse it means relationship building and ground work with your horse partner, and understanding some of their non verbal language before you ride. This is respectful both to horse and rider, and safer as we teach you to listen to your horse as well as them listening to you.
6. Is there a body that regulates Equine Assisted Therapists?
Red Horse Foundation adheres to a professional code of ethics produced by the BACP - British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists UK, and EAGALA - Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association Worldwide.
Please view copies of these in our office. All our therapists are required to undertake regular individual professional supervision while practicing at Red Horse Foundation.
7. Does it work?
EAT research is limited but growing in this field and there have been a number of studies carried out. Please ask to view the research articles we have in our office.
8. Is it suitable for children?
Yes, this is a very gentle therapy which is ideal for children, including children with learning disabilities and behavioural problems. It is also suitable for all kinds of adults, including people with mental health problems, physical disabilities, learning disabilities and people who are elderly and frail.
9. Do you offer concessions?
Concessions are available for the low-waged and unemployed.
10. How many sessions will I need?
This will vary from person to person. EAT may be short or long term. We suggest 8 weeks as a minimum. Many problems see an improvement after 8-12 weeks. You will be offered a short introductory visit to discuss your needs with a therapist.
11. Is it better to have one-to-one sessions or to work in a group?
If you are considering Therapy, then one-to-one sessions are optimal - we’re here to help. Otherwise we offer a number of group sessions for personal development and learning throughout the year [see events]. Group sessions can also be tailored for your specific needs, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.