Equine-assisted psychotherapy utilizes a therapist and an equine professional to teach the child about behavior, relationship, and life patterns that must be present.
These patterns are addressed and worked through with the therapist. Relationship and behavior patterns that a child presents when partnering with a horse are often the same patterns a child presents when interacting with people. Many of these patterns were useful when a child was experiencing a traumatic event but are not productive in creating healthy relationships with safe individuals.
By recognizing and changing these patterns with their safe, non-judgmental, and forgiving equine partners, the child has a chance to heal deep set trauma wounds while changing their current and future relationship patterns.