Get out of the office and into the open! Equine therapy offers a serene, natural, relaxing environment by inviting horses to join you in your healing journey.
Equine therapy is an experiential alternative to traditional talk therapy. We believe the presence of horses provides a way to help people grow, learn, change, and heal through engaging in a therapeutic relationship with the horse.
Horses as Therapeutic Facilitators
Horses are sensitive, empathic, wise creatures. They have an unconditional, welcoming presence that helps to quickly ground and center clients.
As prey animals, horses have evolved to be extremely sensitive. They are very intuitive creatures, instinctively analyzing and reacting to our body language and other nonverbal cues, providing us with valuable feedback and insights. Horses are authentic in the way they react to situations; they provide honest responses in each situation.
It’s hard to ignore a horse with their size and presence. Approaching horses helps us reflect how we approach other relationships and how we can face other overwhelming scenarios in our lives. Horses are social animals with defined roles within a herd. They have distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods. They could be stubborn or they could be playful. In other words, horses are a lot like us! In this experience, the client is empowered to take responsibility for their relationships and gain a greater understanding of their responsibilities within a relationship.
Benefits to Equine Therapy
Horses have been known to focus client populations that typically have difficulties with sustained attention. Those who struggle with anxious and traumatic thoughts often state that their minds stop racing while working with horses. Kids and teens who were previously resistant to other modes of therapy will sometimes open up with a non-judgemental equine presence. Many clients are helped by taking part in this interesting and fun way to combine therapy with the love of horses. Horses are particularly useful with clients who are unable or unwilling to verbally communicate their thoughts and/or feelings. Some common symptoms treated with horses include:
- PTSD and other trauma
- Non-verbal disorders
- Sensory processing disorders
The EAGALA Method
Following the EAGALA™ model, a therapy session takes place with a counselor, a client, an equine specialist, and a horse, in a pasture, barn, or a round pen. All work is done on the ground with the horses front-and-center, allowed to interact with the client as they wish. This creates the space for the client, with the support of the professional facilitators, to reflect, project, and make deep connections. No horse experience is required.
Equine Therapy Sessions
Session activities are specially designed to fit each client’s goals and will vary. Each activity will end with a time of processing the activities and experiences.
Individual, couples, and family sessions are available. Marcy will work with your current therapist (from Blossom or another office) to provide a number of sessions to supplement your current therapeutic work. Complementary equine sessions can provide you the opportunity to practice skills you learn about in your therapy sessions, in a safe and forgiving environment with a nonjudgmental partner.
Equine therapy is offered at Grey Muzzle Manor: 57A Kutz Rd, Fleetwood, PA 19522