What is Equine Therapy?

Equine therapy is quickly becoming one of the most beneficial ways to help individuals overcome mental health issues. Animals, especially horses, can provide emotional support and companionship. Studies have shown that those who interact with horses experience lower stress levels, resulting in decreased blood pressure and feelings of anger, anxiety, and tension. 

At Renewed Hope Ranch, a residential treatment center for girls, we specialize in equine therapy. Keep reading to learn more about equine therapy and how it can assist your daughter in her mental health recovery.

What is Equine Assisted Therapy?

Equine therapy, also known as equine assisted therapy or horse therapy, deals with interactions between horses and the girls. The girls participate in grooming, feeding and riding, and leading horses while supervised by both mental health and horse professionals.

While the girls are interacting with the horses, mental health professionals are observing their behavior patterns and offering guidance to help them process their thoughts, emotions, and actions. At Renewed Hope Ranch, we also provide individual, family, and group therapy sessions to help your daughter work through problems as best we can.
Through equine therapy, your daughter will learn how to create and maintain healthy relationships and set boundaries with those around her. She will be able to develop traits like compassion, empathy, and patience, both with herself and in her relationships. In addition, this type of therapy has been successful in helping young girls improve in self-discipline, impulse control, self-respect, assertiveness, social responsibility and much more.

Who Can Benefit from Equine Therapy?

Equine Therapy can benefit individuals of all ages who are suffering from mental health issues, including drug and alcohol dependency, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and trauma. Individuals with autism and ADHD can experience relief through equine assisted therapy as well. 

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Int) found that in 2013, equine assisted therapy was used to help individuals from age two to 65 and older. However, children 6-10 years old, teenagers 11-18 years old, and young adults 19-30 years old were the biggest beneficiaries of this type of treatment. 

Young girls experience an enormous amount of emotions and pressures from peers and the presence of social media. This is one of the reasons we at Renewed Hope Ranch offer equine therapy for girls. It’s not uncommon for children and teenagers to experience issues with anger, empathy, emotional awareness, social skills and more. The use of equine assisted therapy can help these girls work through any mental health issues they are facing. We have seen many girls be able to overcome challenges and begin to act like their true selves.

Who Offers Equine Therapy?

Equine Therapy is offered at a variety of residential treatment centers around the country. We are a residential treatment center for girls only, but other residential treatment centers around the country offer equine therapy and treatments for a variety of ages and genders.

As equine therapy becomes more popular, more residential treatment centers are starting to offer it. If you feel that your daughter, niece, sister, etc. could benefit from equine therapy or a residential treatment center, contact us here at Renewed Hope Ranch. It’s important to find a treatment center that is right for your situation and will offer the level of care and compassion that you need for your daughter. 
For more information on equine assisted therapy, our facility, or what we offer, visit our contact page to send us a message or give us a call!