Equine Assisted Therapy

Equine assisted therapy is a term that encompasses a variety of organizations. These organizations use horses as part of therapy to help people better understand and interact with the world around them.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is an experiential form of therapy that utilizes the horse’s natural instincts. Because of horses incredible sensitivity, each horse responds to different people in different ways. A mental health professional can help to relate the horse’s behavior in open ended inquiries as a way of teaching non-verbal and communication skills. EAP does not include any horsemanship skills in its programming so as not to restrict the experience a person has with a horse and its natural behavior.

Equine Assisted Learning utilizes aspects of horsemanship to aid with educational and growth goals. Mental health professionals collaborate with horse professionals to provide an opportunity for individuals and groups to accomplish goals.

The governing body for these practices is EAGALA, and they have a certification process for both farms and individuals. While an uncertified organization may still provide legitimate services, it may help to ask and understand why they haven’t gone through the process if they are providing these services.

View all equine assisted therapy organizations.