4 thoughts on “Study Suggests that Equine Therapy is Effective

  • January 4, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I know equine therapy is effective.

    Long before mental health therapy began, there was a saying, “The outside of the horse is good for the inside of the [person]. Girls probably get into horses for the power, control and grace. But there is more to it than that. For one thing, horses are not generally like dogs, but more like cats. (Except cats do NOT move away from pressure.)

    I think I was born with the horse bug. I have no idea. Of course those were the days of Hoppy, Roy, Rawhide, the Rebel, Gunsmoke, Bonanza and the Lone Ranger.

    My parents actually encouraged it with horse books and horse figurines but once I had a job and a driver’s license, they seemed bewildered when I said I wanted to take lessons and eventually get a horse. They had no idea what WE were getting into but they okayed it.

    I looked at 7-10 horses before having a horse pick me out. I had enough money to buy him, but he was a (1 day) early 19th birthday present. (They tended to pull that trick on me.)

    I have many stories about my half-Arab gelding and myself. He was a constant surprise and I learned so terribly much. (So did my parents.) The years with him were the best in my life. He’s been gone almost 30 years and my life started going down hill shortly after his passing. But the lessons we taught each other, the adventures we had will live in me.

    I’m so grateful I had him, and I highly recommend the equine therapy. That is why Three Gaits in Oregon, Wisconsin got my Stubben English saddle and Stable Life in Westfield, Wisconsin got my TexTan Balanced Ride Roping Saddle. They will last forever and they will teach so many wounded people true freedom and skill. It is like meditation up there.

  • January 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    There are many of these modalities that benefit mood and more serious mental states.

    Spending time outdoors with horses or other activities reduces the time spent indoors with activities that allow Subliminal Distraction exposure.

    Although explained in first semester psychology lectures on peripheral vision reflexes almost no one in mental health services is aware of the problem or that it can create full psychotic breaks. When my instructor mentioned the mental breaks she said, “Subliminal sight caused a problem in the early days of modern office design.”

    It is treated as a historical novelty not a normal part of everyone’s physiology.

    Caused by repeating subliminal failed attempts to execute the vision startle reflex, we all have nominal harmless exposure every day. When someone begins an activity that serves as an engine for SD exposure the symptoms, fear, panic, anxiety, depression, and thoughts of suicide begin.

    There are four such activities, Qi Gong and Kundalini Yoga group exercises, hospital ICU’s, and a self help est seminar that holds participants in a classroom situation for up to 40 hours in a few days. There have been three psychotic break suicides connected to an LGATS called ‘Turning Point’ in Australia.


  • January 9, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    You’re right, there doesn have to be data collected in order to get equine therapy programs paid for.
    I’m not really sure what goes on – whether the riding and all task are official therapy or just being with a horse – but i think that for those who respond to horses – there is a sense of joy in approximating being one with a beautiful, powerful and sensitive animal. Maybe – it’s the joy!

  • March 13, 2016 at 12:37 am

    I have recently became a mentor for an equestrian therapy program and I can say that it is a very effective alternative method of therapy. Horses are not just farm animals or something you watch at the rodeo, horses are healers for those who need healed. “Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self-esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls, they give us hope” (Robinson). Horses have the ability to read people in a way humans cannot, this allows the horses to connect with a patient on a whole different level. More people should consider equestrian therapy as an alternative method.


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