What is it?

A highly effective approach to training and counselling used worldwide.
It can be used in place of or in addition to traditional counselling.

What do we do?

We use a team approach with a mental health professional and a horse professional certified by EAGALA, and a small herd of purpose selected, reliable horses.

What do you do?

You will spend time being around the horses and will be invited to take part in some ground based activities.

How does it work?

After the session in the arena you will be asked about your experience.
The mental health specialist and the horse specialist will pick up on themes and patterns, which can be easily recognised and are often important to the client within their everyday lives.

What will you come away with?

Recognition of common behaviour styles and thought patterns.
Immediate feedback via the reactions and behaviour of the horses.
Concrete information identifying areas for positive change.
An ability to recognize what to do more of and what to do less of.
More confidence and empathy.
Better relationship skills.
Less Stress.
Ways of improving happiness and satisfaction.

Why do it this way?

Some people don’t respond well to the traditional counselling methods of sitting in a chair, in an office, talking about their problems. Others have done so much of it that it has become stale or they even have a sense of being re-traumatized by the traditional approach.

And still they need something.

Sometimes equine therapy is the answer.

Horses are highly intuitive, they live in herds, which are similar to our family groups. Horses are prey animals who live their lives on ‘high alert’, we are the predator. However, they epitomize the concept of ‘living in the moment’. When dealing with us they respond to the essential core of the human being. Accessing information about who we are, in a non-judgemental, non-confrontational way, they provide immediate, extremely useable behavioural feedback to the client during the sessions.