Yes. Not only do they ride for the cause, they have riders that have experienced trauma and have found therapy through horses. This foundation is near and dear to many of the performers as ten members have lost a parent early in life.
Children often have a harder time to express their feelings which our clinic can create a magical bond with horses and animals.
Handling and ground work with these beautiful animals builds significant confidence and emotional stability.
The incorporation of animals in mental health treatment has a long history, by why horses?
The practice of horses helping to rehabilitate humans is well documented. In the latter half of the 1990s, practitioners in the mental health field and educators began actively exploring ways to broaden the horse’s ability to help rehabilitate humans with more than a physical transformation. In psychotherapy, often referred to as “talk therapy”, horses have been shown to help patients who suffer from trauma to experience bonding, reduce psychological distress, and improve well- being.
(Herbette, Guilmot, & Heeren, 2011; Yorke, Adams, & Coady, 2008).