Horses are both intuitive and strong - they pick up
on the emotional state of the client and respond
immediately - where humans may hold back. This
immediate response helps the client understand their
own issues with greater clarity as they cannot hide
their feelings from the horse. Unlike humans horses
donít respond to negative reinforcement but
challenge us to always seek a positive and empowered
way of dealing with situations.
The benefits of work ethic, responsibility,
assertiveness, communication, and healthy
relationships has long been recognized. Horses
naturally provide these benefits. The size and power
of the horse are naturally intimidating to many
people. Accomplishing a task involving a horse, in
spite of those fears, creates confidence and
provides for wonderful metaphors when dealing with
other intimidating and challenging situations in
life. There are infinite possibilities of including
horses for emotional growth. The greatest benefit is
that through learning with the horses, positive
behaviours are not only taught, but experienced.
EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human
development needs including:
Behavioural issues, ADD, substance abuse, eating
disorders, abuse issues, depression, anxiety,
relationship problems and communication needs.
You and your family can be loving, trustworthy,
communicative, strong, compassionate, honest,
patient, resilient, great at teamwork and creative
Ö. All with the help of horses.
Research has shown time and time again that Equine
Assisted Psychotherapy can help people develop these
traits and more.
What if a horse could motivate & empower a person to
be their best & happiest?
The focus of EAP is not on riding or horsemanship.
In fact 90% of EAP takes place on the ground. It is
interactive, experiential, hands-on-approach and
involves setting up activities involving horses
which will require the client or group to apply
Clients can immediately see the effects of their
actions by how the horse responds to them. They also
learn that relationships take time, effort, respect,
EAP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach
that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth,
families and groups.
Itís an encounter of change and new growth. The
immense value of EAP is that it promotes change
through action. Itís not just talk. Another great
benefit of using horses is that it can be a lot of
By: Kim Kidson 011-4322056
Family Therapy Centre