Since time immemorial when humans domesticated horses, equines played a significant role in our civilization. However, in our modern society we rely on machines to do all the heavy work. A typical urbanite may spend months in the city without even seeing a live horse. Nonetheless, an almost magical bond between humans and equines is still in tact. We witness it every day when we handle our horses at Rancho Laguna. It is no wonder then that equines can be used for therapeutic purposes. Both children and adults can benefit from equine therapy.
While the concept of equine therapy is not new, the clinical research to support the health benefits has made significant advances recently. The proven health benefits, among other things, included reductions in psychological distress and enhancements in psychological well being. Some children who initially had difficulty controlling themselves now have an opportunity to control a large creature and gain confidence in their abilities.
Equine therapy is normally tailored to specific situations. In some cases, horseback riding and taking care of the horse and its environment produce desired therapeutic benefits. In other cases, controlling the horse and getting emotionally connected to a large creature is needed to provide lasting psychological benefits. In all such cases, both children and adults benefit from improved self-confidence, hand-eye coordination, and balance.
Here at Rancho Laguna's HEART we are proud to offer a unique program, called Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, that is conducted by our licensed and experienced psychotherapist, Lorry Kaye. This program is designed to fit individual needs; potential benefits may include the following:
Improved cooperation and other social skills
Gained knowledge in boundary setting
Increased empathy and compassion
Strengthened confidence, patience, and self control
Improved problem solving skills
Enlarged capacity for trust
Let us design a program that suits your unique needs. Please contact us to get started on this personally rewarding journey.