Building Healthy Relationships Based on Mutual Trust
Many times, the lack of understanding of the importance of trust and respect is an adolescent’s core issue. Therefore, the central aim of equine therapy is to help our struggling teens create healthy relationships based on mutual trust and respect.
Horses are used for therapeutic purposes because they are exceptional “mirrors” for our young women. More often than not, our students struggle with emotional control and both verbal and non-verbal communication.
Horses are uniquely attuned to the emotions of the humans around them, sensing and reflecting their non-verbal behaviors, yet they are also exceedingly patient and forgiving. Hence, horses can be “a way in” to students who are stuck in unhealthy behavior patterns, trauma, defiance, addiction, depression or anxiety.
Through interacting closely with horses, our students practice developing and maintaining positive relationships based on mutual trust and respect. They are then guided to apply these tools to restoring and developing their relationships with family, friends and staff.