Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a unique and effective approach to human development through horses. Participants engage in specially designed exercises with a team: horses, therapist and equine specialist, to find themselves learning valuable skills in the process.
By nature horses are extremely sensitive, aware of their surroundings, and quick to react. They understand intuitively the difference between potentially threatening behavior and a calm and assertive nature. They respond immediately to the body language, intent, and energy of the participants in the arena. If participants provide contradictory behavior, the horse won’t follow their lead. Their feedback is immediate and totally honest. Participants may have to change their approach, attitude or body language before discovering success. The role facilitators have in our program is to stay attuned to horses’ body language and then guide participants to an understanding of what they may need to change to find success. The lessons learned in the arena don’t stay here; they translate into the participants’ every-day life and interactions with others.
Although clients do learn horsemanship skills, the focus of EAL is not riding or horsemanship, but rather personal growth and development. In fact there is no riding in our program–it all takes place on the ground! Absolutely anyone can benefit from learning from horses. We have a several different programs to benefit a wide range of individuals, families and groups.
Our program is certified by the OK Corral Series, a nationally recognized program.