Uses and Benefits of Equine-Assisted Programs & Mental Health

Equine-Assisted Learning has been used in the treatment of a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Depression

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Attention deficit hyperactive disorder

  • Anxiety

  • Behavioral issues, including aggressive behavior

  • Substance abuse

  • Eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia

  • Relationship problems

  • Communication issues

 

Equine-assisted sessions, which involve a Certified EAL facilitator, vary depending on the condition being treated and the person(s) involved. In general, traditional experiential learning, such as role-playing, role-reversal, and mirroring, are combined with equine-based activities, including choosing, grooming, and walking a horse.

The horse-based sessions can provide numerous benefits, which can arise in as little as one session. Benefits include improved:

  • Self-esteem

  • Communication skills

  • Self-awareness

  • Relaxation

  • Empowerment

  • Interpersonal relationships

  • Self-control

  • Focus and concentration

  • Happiness

 

Studies have also suggested EAL can decrease anger, depression, dissociation, and aggression.

This program does not involve riding, everything is from the ground, no horse experience necessary.

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Interesting Articles
https://www.usnews.com/news/healthiest-communities/articles/2018-05-24/horses-help-anxious-teens-in-equine-assisted-psychotherapy
https://globalnews.ca/news/1102175/equine-therapy-a-growing-trend-in-treating-mental-health-issues/
https://www.verywellmind.com/equine-therapy-mental-health-treatment-4177932
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/ending-addiction-good/201708/the-therapeutic-value-horses
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/your-personal-renaissance/201801/why-do-horses-help-us-heal
https://www.cbc.ca/firsthand/m_features/everything-you-need-to-know-about-horse-therapy

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