A positive relationship with a horse is often a first, safe step toward practicing the social skills needed to initiate closer relationships with people.
Communicating effectively with a horse requires the participant to demonstrate assertiveness, direction, and initiative; important skills that enable the client to express their needs and rights more effectively in other relationships.
The lost control over impulses, the need to communicate with a horse calmly and non-reactively promotes the skills of emotional awareness, emotion regulation, self-control, and impulse modulation. Horse-assisted therapy reduces patient agitation and aggressiveness and increases cooperativeness and behavioral control.
Through grooming activities and other types of care for a specific horse, clients are able to put aside the absorbing focus of their problems, and instead to direct their attention and interests outwardly toward safe and caring interactions.
Riding helps participants to develop a more realistic view of themselves through awareness of their size in relation to the horse. This is especially important in treating patients with interpersonal aggression problems. Giving the ability to try different ways of dealing with their own feelings.
Our Program recognizes the bond between animals and humans and the potential for emotional healing that can occur when a relationship is formed between the two species.
Growing and working together now helps our future leaders deal with stresses that will come up in life.
To register to be a part of this program email us or call 705.626.4744.