What is equine therapy?
Equine therapy, also called equine-assisted therapy, is a behavioral health treatment that uses horses to help patients process emotions and overcome personal challenges. Through various equine-assisted activities, patients can:
- Enhance and restore self-image and confidence
- Strengthen social skills and relationships
- Develop appropriate coping skills
- Learn more handle new challenges
- And more
Benefits of equine therapy
Research indicates that equine therapy can be effective for patients dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism, dementia, conduct disorders and more.
Equine therapy may especially benefit children and adolescents who tend to shy away from physical and emotional closeness with other people. The unique bond between a person and a horse can foster mutual trust, respect, acceptance and confidence.
Willowbrooke at Tanner operates a weekly equine therapy program during the summer months for patients enrolled in various Willowbrooke at Tanner programs. The equine therapy program is offered in partnership with Rachel’s Wish Foundation and the Possum Snout Horse Arena in Tallapoosa, Georgia. Transportation, picnic lunches and snacks are provided.