Of course we see it in the work we do. We see that children, teens and even adults can experience learning, growth and change through work with horses. They become less impulsive. They become less self-conscious. They become less anxious. They become more confident. They become more focused. They become more empathetic. They become more empowered and successful in all areas of their lives.
But it is great to see that there is ‘growing evidence,’ based on studies that supports our experiences. In this current article in Psychology Today, the findings suggest “Equine therapy alleviates multiple emotional and behavioral struggles”.
The article lists many of the issues that can be addressed through work with horses, including (but not limited to): Anxiety, PTSD, Eating Disorders and Depression and talks about why Equine Assisted Therapy can be particularly powerful.
The bottom line is, there is more and more evidence supporting the therapeutic benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy in the treatment of many social, emotional, behavioral and mental health issues.
At Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy we work with each client’s team (teachers, therapists, parents/caregivers) to create a unique program focused on the client’s specific issues. Leading a horse can improve focus, build confidence and decrease anxiety. Learning about horse and herd behavior and increase empathy, decrease impulsivity . Since horses are prey animals sudden moves/loud noises can worry a horse. Grooming can be soothing for those dealing with depression or anxiety.
If you, or someone you know, are struggling with social, emotional, behavioral or mental health issues, we are here to help. Call us at 775-750-9823 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will answer any questions you may have and if you would like, schedule a time for you to visit the ranch. We will show you around, introduce our herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how work with horses may be able to help.