According to a data review by Pew Research Center of the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 1 in 5 girls in their teens had struggled with at least one depressive episode in the past year.
The number of girls dealing with depression increased by 66% between 2007 and 2017. Renewed Hope Ranch is a residential treatment center that uses equine therapy to help these girls find themselves again.
What is Equine Therapy?
Equine therapy, also known as equine-assisted or simply horse therapy, is a method of physical, occupational, and emotional development through the experiential opportunity of caring for horses. Through the self-discipline and responsibility necessary to care for the animal, young girls find renewed strength and self-worth as well as learn to build trust.
How Does Equine Therapy Work?
This youth therapy makes the girls responsible for the grooming, feeding, and leading of the horses. The goal is to create a bond and establish boundaries between horse and human that can then be transferred to their everyday relationships and interactions with people.
The Role of Therapist in Equine Therapy
A certified trainer will work with the girls to help them learn the ropes of caring for these large and beautiful animals, but the therapist is merely an observer as the girls complete their daily tasks with the horses.
Some things the therapist will be looking for and then later discuss and work on with the teen include:
- Distress tolerance
- Impulse control
- Social/emotional awareness
- Physical awareness
- Ability to bond
The Benefits of Horse Therapy
Teenage girls are experiencing overwhelming changes, both physically and emotionally. Theirs is a world of wonder: wondering if they look ok, wondering what they are going to become, wondering if they fit in. Equine therapy helps them build their confidence and understand that they are a vital part of each day.
Equine-assisted therapy also helps teenage girls to:
- Gain empathy
- Understand compassion
- Learn self-discipline
- Honor commitments
- Build trust
- Enhance problem-solving skills
- Appreciate their self-worth
What Can Be Treated Through Equine Assisted Therapy?
Horse therapy may just be one of the most all-encompassing therapies available. That’s just one reason we at Renewed Hope Ranch believe in it so strongly. Not only can it help your teenage daughter with the emotional, psychological, and social issues associated with getting through her teen years, it is also extremely effective in treating other disorders such as:
- Developmental Delay
- Down Syndrome
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder)
- And many more mental health disorders
A Symbol of Strength and Courage
As far back as ancient Greece, the horse has been a symbol of strength, beauty, and honor. Horses are very social and, like teenage girls, are seeking an attachment—a solid bond of love and trust.
The residential treatment center of Renewed Hope Ranch knows that your daughter can come out of her emotional and social shell to blossom and grow into a beautiful young woman. Our staff and the amazing horses of our equine therapy program are ready and waiting for you to contact us and start the journey together.