Horses are majestic and beautiful animals! Once one gets to know a horse, they will soon understand that they are also much more than this. They are sensitive animals, compassionate, intuitive, honest, and each has their own unique personalities (horseinalities). These are just some of the reasons why horses make for great partners in therapy sessions. Equine therapy is on the ground (not riding), collaborative, joining the efforts of a licensed clinical mental health professional and a horse professional who work side by side with horses to reach the individuals goals.
Horses mirror people’s emotions and this is what makes them so unique. Just the act of petting an animal releases Oxytocin (the feel good hormone) in both the human and horse and this is mutually beneficial. Horses are social in nature, respond to non-verbal communication, and are extremely sensitive, therefore providing immediate feedback.