What is Equine Therapy?
Studies have shown that horses are very social animals, often mirroring the actions of the person with whom they are interacting. Equine therapy creates a horse-human connection that is rich with opportunities and provides a focused, interactive learning activity in which the reward is often immediate for participants.
The Horse as Therapist
Equine therapy may benefit children and adolescents who tend to shy away from physical and emotional closeness with other people. Young people in this category may be more accepting of closeness from animals such as horses, and the child-horse bond can foster mutual trust, respect, acceptance, understanding and confidence.
Further research indicates that programs like equine therapy have been shown to be effective in patients dealing with issues of depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism, dementia, conduct disorders and other mental or behavioral concerns.
What are the therapeutic benefits of equine therapy?
- Enhances and restores self image and confidence
- Builds better social skills and relationships
- Helps develop appropriate coping skills
- Presents challenges and opportunities to succeed
Willowbrooke at Tanner operates an equine therapy program weekly during the summer to participants in various programs. Equine therapy is offered in partnership with Rachel’s Wish Foundation and the Possum Snout Horse Arena in Tallapoosa, Ga. Transportation, picnic lunches and snacks are provided.
For more information, call 770.456.3266 or our 24-hour help line at 770.836.9551.