Why do we use horses for therapy?
They are very good mirrors to our emotions, body language and energy, making them very powerful messengers.
The horse gives immediate, honest, non-judgemental feedback. The activities we do are hands on and people don’t feel like they are in a therapy session as such.
Horses are large animals and can be scary for some people initially but they learn to get over this (with our help) and so this can help people gain confidence in themselves and trust in other people as well as horses. The skills and experiences learned from the horses does transfer into real life. Plus it is a fun activity that you get to do outdoors.
Riding for the Disabled (RDA) have successfully used horses as a form of therapy for many years.