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As much as humans, especially therapists, do our best to offer a safe space for clients to explore deep emotional hurts and painful experiences, it can be uncomfortable for children to openly share their thoughts.


Building therapeutic rapport can take time, working toward building trust and practicing vulnerability in session. Having the horse present may offer sense of peace, as they only will react to the child's behavior and emotions with no threat or bias or any judgement of their emotional experience. 


Horses are keen observers, vigilant and sensitive to movement and emotion. They often mirror a clients behavior or emotions, conveying understanding and connection that allows the child to feel safe.


This also allows for children to maintain a sense of self-awareness, using the horses behavior and interactions for feedback and opportunities to check in and process what is happening in that moment.

Benefits of the program include



  • Reduced aggression.

  • Improved focus.

  • Improved adjustment to routines and guidelines.

  • Increase in self-esteem.

  • Increase in self-respect.

  • Friendships feeling less stressful.

  • Emotional awareness

  • Social skills

  • Impulse control

  • Confidence

  • Trust and empathy

  • Problem solving skills