No we aren’t talking about a new trendy diet or specialized meat that will change your life forever. We are talking about Equine-Assisted Therapy or E.A.T.
Equine-Assisted Therapy is used to help people challenged with everything from cerebral palsy and autism, to drug and alcohol dependency and post-traumatic stress syndrome. The therapy takes advantage of the mental and physical exercise that working with a horse can provide.
Equine Therapy can help the individual build confidence, self- efficiency, communication, trust, perspective, social skills,
impulse control, and learn boundaries. Since the horses have similar behaviors with humans, such as social and responsive behaviors, it is easy for the patients to create a connection with the horse.
The Staff at APG attended an Equine Therapy event at Sparrows Ranch.
“Being someone that grew up with horses, it wasn’t the normal way I am used to working with horses. It was interesting to walk around with horses that didn’t know us. It was a little frustrating that some of them would run away from me. To me, the horses running away showed me how I fit in with life… I scare people off with my anger and intensity. We were asked which horse we related to the most, mine was the mini pony because he was wild and feisty. My favorite part of the whole experience was the drums after. It was an amazing team building experience and it felt like meditation.” – Rachel