Equine Assisted Therapy

Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) programs encompass a range of modalities that involve activities with horses to foster physical, emotional, and mental health.  This highly effective therapeutic program has shown proven success in treating individuals and families who have been victims of abuse and crime, as well as those with behavioral issues, substance abuse, eating disorders, ADD/ADHD, Autism-Spectrum Disorders, depression, anxiety, family issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, and life-threatening illnesses/diseases such as cancer. Equine therapies are being used for juvenile justice reform programs, suicide-prevention programs, anti-bullying programs, and school programs.

Horses provide clients experiential learning versus traditional “chair therapy”. Brighter Pastures uses ground-work and riding activities that require the client to utilize certain life-skills such as problem-solving, non-verbal and verbal communication, leadership, assertiveness, teamwork, attitude, and cooperation.  Sessions are aimed to improve the emotional, behavioral and mental lives of adults, children and families. Studies have shown clinically significant improvement in the progress of clients using EAT, who had previously failed to show progress using conventional therapies.

Working with horses creates an opportunity to overcome fears and to gain confidence, patience, trust, empowerment, self-awareness, self-esteem, and compassion. The various roads leading to accomplished tasks while working with horses provide wonderfully rich metaphors to life’s various challenging situations. 

Equine Assisted Therapy sessions may include individuals, families, and/or groups. Our services provide benefits to a wide range of mental health problems including: depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety and social interaction disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and others.