Partnering with horses to heal veterans in an experiential environment
Veterans participating in activities that simulate life's obstacles where horses guide them on their pathway to healing.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term or "brief" approach. EAP is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns. Activities are "hands on"; lectures and long conversations are reduced to a minimum. Insights and changes in behavior do not necessarily occur by talking, but rather through the interaction with the animals. This approach has been compared to the ropes courses used by therapists, treatment facilities and human development courses around the world. EAP, however, has the added advantage of utilizing horses ... dynamic and powerful living beings.