Horse Whisperers: The Benefits of Equine Therapy

There are many alternative therapy options available to those seeking help, as the benefits of holistic treatment become increasingly apparent. Sometimes a traditional route towards recovery just doesn’t work, and in that case, there is a need for a more progressive style of rehabilitation. Of the various therapies we offer at Ranch Creek Recovery, one of the most interesting and well received programs has been equine therapy.

Equine therapy has been found to be an amazing tool in the process of recovery, and coupled with other forms of rehabilitation individuals have been able to rebuild themselves with a much greater sense of self-worth. Equine therapy utilizes horses to build metaphorical connections between the actions of the animal and the actions of the human participant. Horses are extremely complex animals, and they possess a unique ability to mirror the emotions of humans during interaction. This type of congruency promotes a connection between the individual and the horse, displaying how a calm and peaceful attitude will positively affect the animal, versus how a disgruntled or frustrated demeanor might upset it. Horses, like humans, do not respond positively to obtrusive commands or gestures, and one of the earliest lessons in any equine therapy involves identifying the proper ways to approach the animal and guide it. In this way, a relationship can be built between the patient and the horse and a feeling of trust can be secured.

Equine Therapy involves instruction in horse care, grooming procedures, saddlery, and basic equitation. Horses are large animals, and ensuring the safety of individuals is our highest priority. In concurrence, proper head protection and other gear is used to confirm everyone’s well-being. While equine therapy itself is fairly new in terms of being a psychoanalytic practice, horses have been used for hundreds of years for therapeutic purposes, and offer a strong sense of awareness that allows them to bond with humans. Students will eventually learn how to properly direct and interact with a horse, learning valuable lessons in areas like self-control, communication, confidence, personal worth and trust.

It’s important to note that while certain amounts of horse riding occurr during equine therapy, there is a very large difference between riding lessons and therapeutic equine sessions. The purpose of each session is to illuminate the power within you through interaction with the horse. This being said, it’s critical that equine therapy is directed by a certified professional to ensure the proper training and knowledge. Our staff of equine specialists is experienced and ready to begin a highly enjoyable program designed for your recovery.

At Ranch Creek Recovery, we are dedicated to your individual well-being. Our facility is a beautiful space to begin your equine therapy and we are excited to share the experience with you. So call our treatment facility today at (951) 676-9111.

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