Psychology Today published an excellent article detailing many of the ways equine therapy is being shown effective. The benefits described in the article include an increase in trust and self esteem; decreases in depression, anxiety and isolation. Additionally, equine assisted therapy has been shown to increase mindfulness, self esteem, impulse control, sense of identity, self efficacy, and communication. Participants in equine therapy have also shown growth in assertiveness, boundary setting skills, creativity, giving, spontaneity, and perspective.
Read more here at Psychology Today.
I have found that many people prefer to do their therapy with horses. Some clients report faster growth, and working with the herd brings a new perspective. Please contact me today if you would like to chat more about equine therapy and the benefits it may bring to you!!
Observation and the study show that horses sense the emotions of the herd around them, be that people or other horses. This is described in more detail on my Why Horses page. A new study has looked at heart rate variability coupling between people and horses and found it to occur. This gives indication that being with horses may increase a measure of health. To read more, click here.