EAT is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns. Not all programs or individuals who use horses practice Equine Assisted Therapy. For one, licensed and properly qualified mental health professionals need to be involved. The focus on EAT is not riding or horsemanship. The focus of EAT involves setting up ground activities involving the horses which require the client or group to apply certain skills. Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem solving, leadership, taking responsibility, teamwork, relationships, confidence, and attitude are several examples of the tools utilized and developed by EAT.
EAT is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups. EAT addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral challenges, Attention Deficit Disorder, PTSD, substance use and misuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship challenges and communication needs.
The focus of EAL is on education and learning specific skills as defined by the individual or group, such as defining agency/ company goals, leadership skills for a school group, managing Vicarious Trauma/ Compassion Fatigue, coping with change or increasing team communication to name a few.
These sessions are tailored to meet your teams unique goals.