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The Science

Why Horse Therapy Is So Successful

Therapeutic riding uses equine-assisted activities for the purpose of contributing positively to cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being. Our horse therapy program enables you to learn about yourself and others by participating in activities with the horses and then discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns.


Horses offer several advantages. Obviously, their size offers a perfect opportunity to overcome fear and develop confidence and trust. Just like us, horses experience a variety of emotions and are intuitive and social animals with distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods. They have defined roles within their herds comparable to human dynamics.


Horses mirror exactly what human body language tells them. If you're impatient, the horse becomes impatient. It is this connection that provides us with metaphors and lessons about ourselves and leads us to change. Horses can teach us self-awareness, healthy boundaries, honest communication, leadership, patience, assertiveness, affection, and more.

To learn more about the science and theraputic effectiveness of equine assisted learning, we have provided links to several articles on the subject.  Click on the blue titles to read articles on these topics.

 Anyone can participate in our horse therapy program; no prior horse or riding experience is required. It is safe and some activities are unmounted.

A new study from Washington State University concludes that kids who work with horses have a significant reduction in stress...

Horses make great companions for psychotherapy because they can mirror and respond to human behavior. And crucially, ‘there’s no judgment with a horse’...

Andre served four years in the Marines, but that didn’t mean Dutch was going to take any orders from him. Horses aren’t impressed by the number of stripes on a sleeve....

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