Equine Assisted Psychotherapy?
Horses are the leading choice in providing animal-assisted therapy because of their own emotive nature. Horses assist in understanding ourselves better as the horse mirrors the emotions in real time, during each therapy session, providing a feedback loop based on the resident’s interaction with them.
Equine therapy helps our residents improve:
– Personal Accountability
– Socialization Skills
– Community Engagement
– Emotional Management
At Honey Badger Farm we use the Eagala Model which is a team approach that includes a licensed, credentialed Mental Health Professional, a qualified Equine Specialist, and horses working together with the client in an arena at all times.
When inside the arena, all the work is done on the ground with the horses front and center, deliberately unhindered and never ridden, and allowed to interact with the client as they wish. This modality creates the space for the client, with the support of the professional facilitators, to reflect, project, and make deep connections.
We are currently working with recovery groups, veterans groups, and private individuals.