What is Equine ‘Therapy’?

Anyone who has spent time around horses can probably tell you about how being with horses made them feel and there is no denying that for many horses appear ‘magical’. In most communities there are many opportunities to interact with horses. From 4H to traditional ‘therapeutic riding‘ programs, there is something for everyone. However, though there is no denying that hanging out with horses is a great thing to do, Equine ‘Therapy’ is a very different situation.

This great article in Psychology Today, talks about what this type of ‘therapy’ looks like.

At Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy, our staff of Qualified Mental Health Associates (QMHA) work under the supervision of a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor. As part of a comprehensive treatment team we provide a mental health intervention called Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR). Through work with horses we address the specific goals and objectives set out by the client’s counselor/therapist. Our program is unique, not only in our approach to providing PSR, but in the way we incorporate both ground work and riding as we focus on our client’s goals.  The article talks about many of the benefits of work with horses and our experience has proven to us how very powerful this type of intervention can be.

We work with children as young as four, teens, adults and even seniors. Through work with horses we may be able to:

  • Improve Trust
  • Reduce Anxiety
  • Decrease Impulsivity
  • Build Leadership Skills
  • Improve Communication Skills
  • Strengthen Anger/Frustration Management Skills
  • Assist with Addiction Recovery
  • Decrease the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Defuse Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Reduce the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  •  Decrease the impact of Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD)/Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

If you know someone struggling with a mental health disorder, seek help. We are here to be the part of a comprehensive treatment team. Call or email and we will schedule a time for you to visit the ranch. We will give you a tour, introduce our incredible herd of horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.


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