Equine therapy is a form of therapy that has proven to encourage emotional growth. Most commonly, equestrian therapy is used to treat those with anxiety, dementia, depression, trauma and brain injuries, and other mental health issues.
This therapy is based on how similarly horses and humans behave socially and responsively. Horses have the ability to respond instantly and give feedback to the rider's action or behavior, and mirror the rider's emotion. This feedback motivates the rider to establish a relationship with the horse, which is founded on mutual trust.
During this therapy, the rider begins to:
- Build sense of self-worth
- Improve communication
- Build trust and self-efficiency
- Develop socialization skills and decrease isolation
- Learn impulse control and emotional management
- Set perspective
- Learn their limits or boundaries