Equine Facilitated Activities/Therapy

Horses are amazing tools that mirror our behavior and emotions. They help individuals learn more about themselves and about relationship dynamics in people’s lives.

From Seniors affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia to middle & high school-aged at-risk youths of all-levels of physical, psychological, and social functioning as well as for those for whom horseback riding is contraindicated, but would still benefit from equine related activities.

The Equine-Facilitated Activities Program is an innovative, activity-based group or individual adventure that uses horses to work on peer relationships, self-esteem, attachment issues, trust building, fear and conflict resolution, anxiety, depression, as well as many other difficulties.

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) is a short-term experiential approach that can be utilized in conjunction with other modalities of counseling or psychotherapy or on it’s own. EFP is conducted by a team which includes a Licensed Mental Health Professional, an Equine Specialist and one or more horses.

After an initial assessment, a treatment plan is designed to meet the client’s needs. The format consists of an experiential activity with a horse or horses and a reflection about the experience. Activities are structured to meet specific treatment goals and may include ground exercises, leading, grooming, lunging, and/or riding.

Mini Field Trips

Individuals, schools, organizations, and groups are invited to join HorseAbility for a day to learn about the gifts that horses have to offer. Stable care, groundwork, grooming, proper safety around horses, and riding are introduced. Hands-on activities, group discussions, and picnic opportunities are part of the experience. Scout Programs, Community Service or Professional Development Programs also available to the community.

To get information about sending your group to HorseAbility to experience Equine Discovery please call 516-333-6151.