"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."
~ Winston Churchill
Kim Mills, LPC, EAP, NCC
Equine assisted therapy (EAT) is a form of counseling that focuses on the process of working with horses to impact client’s behavior. As a non-traditional approach to therapy, EAT has been successfully used in a variety of mental health settings. This type of counseling combines some typical counseling interventions with a more innovative component involving relationship building and working through activities with horses.
EAT is facilitated by a licensed mental health professional who is also a qualified equine professional. She is responsible for the therapeutic aspect of the session as well as observing the behavior of the horse. The horse’s reaction to the client is as powerful as the client’s reaction to the horse.
The experiential nature of EAT allows client’s behaviors and emotions to surface in a way that traditional talk therapy does not allow. Interventions involving horses can help individual traverse difficult life circumstances and find creative solutions.