How Does Equine Assisted Therapy Improve Emotional and Mental Health ?

Why Use Horses?

Consider that horses are prey animals, and have evolved to be hypersensitive to their world for survival. In what seems like a nanosecond, they analyze and react to our nonverbal cues and energy which provides us with real-time feedback and insights for other areas of our lives. This hypersensitivity is what literally (in their minds) keeps them alive by instantly recognizing the intention of other herd members and other creatures around them.

Engaging with horses helps us reflect on how we approach our relationships, and how we can face other big or overwhelming things in our lives.

Humans & Horses: More Alike Than We Think!

Horses are social animals with defined roles within a herd. They have distinct personalities, attitudes, and yes, even moods. They could be stubborn one day, playful the next. Kind, compassionate, or selfish. In other words, horses are a lot like us! Which is why they are so beneficial in helping us find solutions for our own challenges in finding true emotional and mental health.