‘There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.’ Winston Churchill
- Hyper-vigilant and can detect human emotions.
- Non-judgemental and non-confrontational.
- Sensitive, especially to intent.
- Able to mirror our behaviour and induce our thoughts and feelings.
- Empathetic and intelligent.
- Providers of immediate and honest feedback through non-verbal communication.
The Role of Our Equine Assisted Therapy Team
The Mental Health Professional – Assessing, planning sessions, evaluation.
The Horse Specialist – Horses’ well-being, health and safety of horse and participants, planning and delivery of session, evaluation.
Psychology Assistant – Planning/ delivery of sessions, Psychological safety of service users, debriefing and evaluation.
The Horse – to be him/herself
- Self confidence, self esteem, self worth
- Overcoming fears
- Communication and social skills
- Trust and respect
- Coping and decision making skills
- Empowerment and taking responsibility
‘Horses are emotive animals and people are animated by the sight, sound, touch and smell of horses. They are often regarded as positively mood altering….without the unpleasant side effects’ Ruth McMahon 2002