Equine Assisted Therapy can help people to:
- Overcome fears
- Build up trust
- Learn about respect
- Develop compassion
- Develop communication skills
- Develop problem solving and coping techniques
- Improve self confidence and self esteem
- Learn skills which are transferable to many other areas of ordinary day to day life.
Horses and ponies are large and powerful animals, and create a natural opportunity for people to overcome fear and develop confidence. Accomplishing a task involving the horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and allows people to see how they are able to deal with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.
Horses are very much like humans in that they are social animals, they have defined roles within the herd, much like people may have in their family or workplace. They have distinct personalities, attitudes and moods which means using different techniques with one horse compared to another, much like within personal and working relationships.
At times horses may seem stubborn and defiant, but they do like to have fun.
Benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy
- Enhanced communication skills
- Enhanced use of body language
- Increased self awareness
- Developing team working skills
- Controlling stress and anxiety management
- The outdoor setting invites an awareness of one’s physical being and stimulates the senses.
- Overcoming challenges
- Developing problem solving and coping techniques
- Becoming less direct in your thinking and give you the ability to explore alternative strategies
- Having fun!
The venue in the beautiful Sussex countryside is peaceful and surrounded by fields.
An introduction to the horses/ponies and a discussion on basic safety when working with horses, will be provided at the beginning of each session. We recommend that you wear suitable footwear (no open toes), casual and comfortable clothing for working outdoors (warm and waterproof as appropriate), and remember horses are not the cleanest animals!