Equine Therapy is Horses Helping People: How do horses help?

Horses can help with therapy in many ways.

Therapeutic riding programs offer ways to have a natural walking motion for patients who can't walk and this helps build better core strength, balance and confidence.

Horses help with emotional trauma. Veterans and inmates can be helped by working with horses and building a trust relationship.

Mini horses make visits to patients in hospitals and care centers. They also visit people to help people cope with tragedy much like therapy dogs.

Horses are honest and accepting. Horses form strong bonds to humans and become a partnership which helps the rider feel safe. Most therapeutic riding programs use people as spotters next to the horse and leading the horse so the rider can focus on the motion.

Horses help people with ADD/ADHD focus.

Sometimes psychotherapists use horses to help patients with cognitive or emotional issues.

Occupational therapists use horses to help patients with neuro-muscular disorders, balance, and coordination.

Therapeutic Riding helps children heal from trauma, as well as improve confidence.

Here is a link from Psychology Today that explains how horses help people.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/helping-kids-cope/201903/equine-assisted-therapy-unique-and-effective-intervention
Here is a video about a Miniature Horse Therapy program and how they help.

Do you have a story to share about how working with a therapy horse has helped in healing, strength, and confidence? Please join the conversation.

Honestly, the only place I feel like a piece that fits in the puzzle, is the barn. The rest is all work, if I am outside my own home.

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I have heard of a few programs for equine therapy for vets. Anyone familiar with these programs?

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@auntieoakley

I have heard of a few programs for equine therapy for vets. Anyone familiar with these programs?

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Yes – Lexington Kentucky has programs. I think for Vets especially with PTSD, and one for addiction rehab where the clients in recovery learn to take care of horses for future employment in the horse industry. In my county in Central KY there is a horse therapy program for children with disabilities.

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This was in my inbox today, I hope the link works. This follows the story @gingerw posted.
Besides Temple Grandin is my hero.
https://equusmagazine.com/horse-world/how-horses-help-humans-temple-grandin

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@auntieoakley

This was in my inbox today, I hope the link works. This follows the story @gingerw posted.
Besides Temple Grandin is my hero.
https://equusmagazine.com/horse-world/how-horses-help-humans-temple-grandin

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@auntieoakley Outstanding article! I'll stand in line beside you, Temple Grandin is my hero, also. I saw her present information back in 1999.
Ginger

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@gingerw

@auntieoakley Outstanding article! I'll stand in line beside you, Temple Grandin is my hero, also. I saw her present information back in 1999.
Ginger

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Oh my goodness, I am also a Temple Grandin fan. i was living in Hawaii with some familiarity of the movement of cattle from Hawaii to the mainland. Can you imagine how many cattle will fit in a 747? They placed about six in each box and loaded them on. I could hear them "crying".

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I met her in Colorado at an equine event. But it was her book on autism that really got me.

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Just thought I would throw this out there and see if anyone was interested. It is a pretty cool article about how horses help humans.
https://horsenetwork.com/2021/11/the-healing-art-of-brushing-manes/

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@auntieoakley

Just thought I would throw this out there and see if anyone was interested. It is a pretty cool article about how horses help humans.
https://horsenetwork.com/2021/11/the-healing-art-of-brushing-manes/

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Oh, yes! Grooming is one of my favorite pasttimes with the horses! From currying out dead hair and brushing, to the mane and tail "brushout", to the burlap sack rubdown at the end [always a favorite part]. I get lost in the simplicity and connection!
Ginger

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@gingerw

Oh, yes! Grooming is one of my favorite pasttimes with the horses! From currying out dead hair and brushing, to the mane and tail "brushout", to the burlap sack rubdown at the end [always a favorite part]. I get lost in the simplicity and connection!
Ginger

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I remember the burlap sack shine from days past when burlap wasn’t so hard to come by. If I go out and brush to prepare for a therapy rider, I am in the right mind to be the best helper I can be. Then I encourage people to connect with the horse by brushing them out after, ( after I took care of the mud first.. lol)

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