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Equine Connections offers two types of equine therapy. Both incorporate a team approach consisting of an Equine Specialist (ES), Mental Health professional (MH), and horses. All three parts of the team are equally important and necessary for this model. There is no riding involved, all activities are accomplished from the ground, and no horsemanship skills are needed or taught. The focus is on the interactions between horse and client and the correlation of what happens in the session to their circumstances.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, or EAP as it is often referred, incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning, using trial and error learning by doing. The focus is on the interactions between the horses and the client, involving questioning, investigating, experimenting, problem solving, creativity, and constructing meaning. It helps identify current beliefs and attitudes, and offers an opportunity to practice new strategies to achieve goals. Each experience is unique to the clients and horses.
Equine Assissted Learning (EAL)
Similar to EAP, Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) incorporates horses for growth and learning, often used for groups. Such groups can be corporate groups, clubs, educational groups, families, sports teams, among others. EAL can be used for team-building, life communication skills, confidence building, creativity building, breaking down barriers, and even for sales training.