Reins of Hope Kentucky, Inc.
Do to Insurance and legal purposes those we provide our services to must not have a criminal record or have any drug offense prior or during their therapeutic workshops
If you are being treated by a therapist you must provide a written statement from the therapist you are seeing stating that you are not being prescribed any medications that can cause an addiction
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The most natural form of therapy is a Horse of Course.
Horses Really are the Best Therapy
We take a look at how horses are used to achieve therapeutic goals...
Any horse lover knows the joy and benefit of spending time with these majestic creatures that we so love, and as former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said so eloquently. "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."
Never a truer word was spoken. But, what is it about horses that has such an impact on us? From the physical benefits, with horse riding working more muscles than you ever knew you had, to the emotive benefits of spending time at the barn after a really tough day.
While many of us may have personal experiences of feeling better or perhaps learning life skills through our interactions with horses, these wonderful animals have also for many years been used in more formal treatment program, called Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT).
What is Hippotherapy?
It’s a form of treatment used as a modality within physical, occupational, and speech therapy, utilising the movement of the horse to provide carefully graded sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive input to the patient.
Let’s try and break that down in non-medical terms. Being on horseback helps patients by stimulating the body and mind (sensory and motor skills), which makes this form of therapy quite broad in what it can be helpful for.
What is Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy?
Horses are well known for picking up on and mirroring our emotions. This can be a huge benefit when working with those suffering from mental health issues, as being around and working with horses can help the patient to build confidence, communication skills, trust, social skills, impulse control, and also learn boundaries.
But how can they possibly pick up on our emotions? Well, as non-verbal communicators, horses have to be astute at picking up on their herd-mates’ body language, and as it happens - our body language speaks volumes to our emotional state. And while not as glaringly obvious to fellow human passers-by, for the horse, a prey animal - they see it clear as night and day.
How Can it Help?
When working with the horse, a patient is asked to complete an exercise that can bring up anything from fear to anxiety. As our horses pick up on these feelings from the patient’s body language, their psychologist will ordinarily work to help them understand their feelings and how it’s affecting the horse; then guide them through the exercise by recognizing and adapting.
From there, it’s about broadening that out to relate to other areas of life, and showing them how - if they can overcome that anxiety or fear enough to gain the horses’ trust, they can overcome it in day to day life.
Who Can it Help?
Equine-Based Psychotherapy has been used to treat patients diagnosed with disorders such as anxiety, dementia, panic disorder and traumatic brain injury.
It has proven especially popular as a treatment for returning veterans, providing them with a platform to recover from emotional trauma, renew their ability to connect, and, importantly, offer a safe and non-clinical treatment environment.
As horse riders, we do sometimes take our horses for granted. But what they do for us is so much more than providing us with a fun hobby. Horses are, simply put - good for the soul.
Just as being around and handling horses can offer incredible benefits to those dealing with physical and mental health issues. Many of us experience some level of stress or anxiety in our work or life, but being around horses has been proven to reduce our stress levels.