Equine-assisted therapy can help those struggling with a variety of psychological disorders. With the guidance of a specially trained equine therapist, clients learn to face fears, address emotional roadblocks and past trauma, and develop trust and non-verbal communication skills. Equine therapy activities may include experiential interactions with horses as well as grooming and caring for them. These activities provide an opportunity for metaphorical learning while processing emotions that arise during equine activities. What Is Equine Therapy? Equine therapy (also called equine-assisted therapy or horse therapy) is the practice of using horses to provide metaphoric experiences for promoting emotional growth through a number of equine exercises and activities. Equine therapy may also include instruction in horse care, grooming and basic riding. Guided by a specially trained equine therapist, clients learn to recognize the ways horses learn, react to and follow instructions. Clients build self-confidence through the neutral activity of interacting with horses. Equine therapy can provide insight into a client\u2019s own emotions as well as how they are perceived by others through nonverbal cues. Why Horses? Big, powerful, compassionate and socially expressive \u2014 these are the characteristics of horses that make them ideal companions for people who are trying to heal from addiction, trauma, mood disorders, grief and loss, relationship issues, and many other physical and mental health issues. Horses are nonjudgmental. They don\u2019t make assumptions about a person in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse, who has problems communicating with others, or who feels isolated and afraid. They are, however, highly attuned to human emotions, which can sometimes provide a mirror to people who are not in touch with what they are feeling or unaware of how they are perceived by those around them. Benefits of Horse Therapy Programs There are numerous benefits of equine-assisted therapy. These may include: \tLearning how to communicate \tDecreased isolation \tGaining a sense of perspective \tIncreasing trust \tImproved sense of self-efficacy, confidence, and self-acceptance \tBetter impulse control \tImproved ability to understand and respect boundaries \tFinding a spiritual connection Horses also require care and attention. In this regard, equine therapy provides a ready-made opportunity for animal-human bonding. When a client learns how to groom and care for a horse, other concerns tend to slip into the background. They stay focused on the present moment. The one-on-one interaction between client and horse is special, as if each gains just as much from the connection as the other. Go Beyond Equine Assisted Therapy at Promises Promises offers a lot more than just equine assisted therapy. We're here to provide you with a variety of treatment programs and therapies to help you throughout your entire recovery journey. Some of our other programs include: \tThe Daring Way \tCrisis intervention counseling \tCoping skills training \tBenzo addiction treatment \tNarcissistic personality disorder treatment Come to Promises and get the help you need today. Call us at . Our helpful addiction treatment staff is waiting to assist you.