Equine therapy is a type of therapy that uses horses to help people with physical and mental health problems. It is a form of psychotherapy that involves interacting with horses in order to improve physical, emotional, and cognitive functioning. During equine therapy sessions, people talk about what they see and feel while the therapist guides them to observe the horse's responses objectively. The session usually begins with grooming the horse, which helps the person to become comfortable around the animal and build trust.
The therapist then gives the person a task to do with the horse, such as creating an obstacle course that represents major challenges in their life. This helps them to learn responsibility, awareness, and empathy during the recovery process. Different types of equine therapy include therapeutic horseback riding, hippotherapy, equine-assisted learning, and equine-assisted psychotherapy. Studies have shown that these types of therapy offer a variety of physical, educational, emotional, spiritual, social and character development benefits.If you're considering equine therapy and are enrolled in a plan, talk to your insurance provider about coverage.
The cost of equine assisted therapy sessions is dictated by the professional and varies depending on several variables.