What is EQUINE THERAPY?
At Discovery Ranch for Girls, your daughter will have the unique opportunity to participate in our powerful Equine Assisted Psychotherapy course. Using horses in a therapeutic setting offers students clear opportunities to learn about themselves and others in an effective way. The girls will be required during the therapy session to work with the horses to accomplish certain tasks. Each task with the horses will begin with specific rules and the girls will choose their own consequence if they break the rules. At the completion of each task, the therapists and horse professionals will process, or discuss with the girls the thoughts and feelings they went through as they worked with the animals.
THE BENEFITS OF EQUINE THERAPY
Overcoming fears and developing confidence is only a couple of the great results girls have enjoyed from their time at the Ranch working with horses. Because horses can respond to the emotional state of those working with them, and due to their size and strength, this type of therapy encourages the girls to accomplish a task in the face of fears and doubts. One goal of this type of experiential therapy is to help the girls develop the confidence and tools to overcome the challenges they are dealing with in life situations no matter how large or intimidating.
Another main goal of the horse professional and therapists is to help the students recognize and talk about what emotions they are experiencing. Often times, when a horse becomes difficult to work with and does not seem to respond well to the students repeated attempts to accomplish a task, a discussion can lead to empathy towards parents and leaders who may have had similar frustrations working with a difficult teenager.
HORSES ADVANCE THE THERAPEUTIC PROCESS
Compared to traditional sit-down therapy our experiential therapy with a horse professional, a therapist and the student provide live feedback that bring issues to the surface quickly leading to more successful recognition of strengths and weaknesses. Opportunities to regulate emotions and recognize emotional triggers lead to faster improvement and future success.
If you have additional questions please call our admissions department anytime at 855-667-9388.
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