McDavitt Equine Services
Healing with Horses
To provide a safe environment where individuals and groups are allowed to interact, communicate and reflect with horses in a way that will promote the balance necessary to maximize the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual realms of one’s health, and achieve optimum individual wellness.
For those who are familiar with horses, this question may not need asking, as they recognize and understand the capacity of horses to impact people in very powerful manners. Be it through training, horsemanship, care, or simply developing a personal relationship, horses are naturally able to affect people in meaningful ways.
Horses are large and powerful, which creates a natural opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop an improved sense of confidence. The size and power of horses are naturally intimidating for many, and accomplishing a task involving them, in spite of personal fears, not only creates confidence but also metaphors for many of life's obstacles.
Horses, like humans, are very social creatures. They have defined roles within the herd dynamic, and would prefer to be with their peers. They have distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods. They can be stubborn, defiant, and indifferent or they can be cooperative, willing and engaged. Like humans, an approach that works with one, does not always work with others. This inherent individuality helps to establish metaphors that closely mirror our daily interactions, helping to form the tools necessary to work with difficult individuals, groups, and situations.
Horses are sensitive to non-verbal communication and respond well to what we give them 'in the moment'. As a result, their responses can become familiar, often times reflecting similar interactions and responses with others. They can also assist in showing how external influences such as fears, stereotypes, dreams, interpersonal dynamics, and addictions can influence our daily lives. They become very real representations of these relationships and allow us to examine how to move toward positive change.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a mental health professional and a horse professional working with clients and horses to address treatment goals. The program is client driven, allowing the participant to draw their own metaphors and relate the happenings in the corral to their own lives and situations.
Equine Assisted Learning
Equine Assisted Learning incorporates horses experientially for growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a mental health professional, horse professional, and other specialized professionals working with the clients and horses to address learning goals. Like EAP, our Learning program is also client driven. The difference being EAL will have more structured activities, and more defined objectives most often used with team building activities.
For those individuals who are not seeking specific therapeutic outcomes, or structured activities with defined learning objectives. Our Equine Activities provides the opportunity for individualized interactions with our horses, within a more leisure or recreational approach. Activities will range from grooming and basic horsemanship to individualized instruction. All activities are structured to focus on the specific needs of the individual client.
*Not available for individuals actively participating in therapeutic programming.
Contact us today and find out how you can benefit from the power of horses.
Individual and Group Rates Available
The Global Standard for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Personal Development