Frequently Asked Questions
Read through the answers to our most frequently asked questions:
Equine Assisted Mental Health is a healing treatment that combines credentialed mental health professionals and one or more therapeutic horses. Through being with the horse, grooming the horse or other beneficial activities, clients are supported and guided in learning more about themselves, working through difficulties, and improving communication and relationship skills.
There is a growing body of evidence that supports that equine assisted mental health sessions have been effective in treating individuals with personal and psychological concerns, including:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Eating disorders
- Bullying – both for the committer and the victim
- Substance abuse and addictions
- Depression and anxiety
- Autism and Aspergers
- ADD and ADHD
- Relationship difficulties
- Attachment issues, including adoption adjustment
- Low self-esteem
- Negative behavioral issues.
Horses value and respond to authentic connections, so we are encouraged to feel safe and embrace all of who we are in their presence. Horses are naturally grounded, aware, and connected; being around them encourages us to be the same. They value trusting relationships with their herd, which can include the people around them. They are exceptionally perceptive of people’s feelings and use that information in order to decide how to behave.
Horses provide space for us to be in line with our true natures and allow us to try new things without incurring judgment. They offer unbiased, effective, and immediate feedback to us in response to our behaviours and our choices.
Horses are experts at reading body language and perceiving human emotions and, therefore, respond to each of us as unique individuals. This special relationship provides an opportune setting for people to learn more about themselves and their patterns in the relationships they form.
The gentle, nonverbal character of horses means that working with them is experiential, creative, and necessarily genuine.