What is Equine Therapy?

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term, or “brief” approach.

The EAP approach is different than traditional talk therapy EAP is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing/ discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns. There is a great advantage of utilizing horses in the therapy process as dynamic and powerful living beings. The therapists at ROH providing EAP are licensed by the state of Georgia and are trained in the EAGALA Model (for more information on this model). The focus of EAP is NOT riding or horsemanship. It involves setting up ground activities involving the horses which will require the client or group to apply certain skills.

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Why Horses?

Horses can be naturally intimidating to many, since they are large and powerful. Therefore, this creates a natural opportunity for some to overcome fears and develop confidence. This can provide wonderful insight when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.

Like humans, horses are social animals, with defined roles within their herds. They have distinct personalities, attitudes and moods; an approach that works with one horse won’t necessarily work with another. At times, they seem stubborn and defiant. Horses provide great opportunities for metaphorical learning that can be utilized in real life situations. Working with horses provides an effective therapeutic approach when working with even the most challenging individuals or groups. A horse will require the individual to work, whether in caring for them or working with them this requires both physical and mental attention, two components’ in everyday living.

A very important component of utilizing horses in therapy is that horses mirror human body language. So, when an individual is working with horses in therapy if they find that their horse is stubborn or not responding in a desirable manner, the lesson is that if the individual changes themselves, the horse responds differently. Horses are honest, which makes them especially powerful messengers.

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Issues Addressed Utilizing Equine Therapy

Equine Assisted Psycho-therapy

  • Communication
  • Assertiveness
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving
  • Leadership
  • Taking responsibility
  • Teamwork and relationships
  • Confidence/self esteem
  • Abuse (sexual, physical, emotional)
  • Defiance
  • Asperger’s/Autism
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • ADD/ADHD

Social Skills Summer Camp

Equine Assisted Psycho-therapy

Summer is just around the corner! Help your child improve their social skills, gain confidence, and boost their self-esteem by participating in our Equine Assisted Psycho-therapy (EAP) summer camp program. EAP incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. EAP groups are different than traditional office based groups, they are experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with horses, and then processing/discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns. There is a great advantage of utilizing horses in the therapy process as dynamic and powerful living beings. The therapists at Ray of Hope providing EAP are licensed by the state of Georgia and are trained in the EAGALA Model. The focus of EAP is not riding or horsemanship. It involves setting up ground activities involving the horse which will require the group to apply certain skills.

Topics and Skills Covered During Camp:

  • Recognizing and expressing emotions appropriately
  • Social Cues
  • Enhancing Self-Esteem
  • Positive communication
  • Making and keeping friends
  • Coping with anger and frustration
  • Teamwork and compromise

Ages : 8-12 years old
Cost: $675 per week
Dates: 3 One Week Sessions offered, June 2-6; July 14-18; August 4-8
9:00am-12:00pm

* Intakes required