Equine Assisted Therapy has still not fully developed in Italy due mainly to lack of information regarding the benefits of this type of therapeutic treatment. Equine Assisted Therapy allows people who would normally never dream of approaching horses to actually be able to have a special relationship with them.
The aim of this experimental therapy is not merely to treat certain pathologies in terms of a clinical approach in order to overcome cognitive, sensorial, motor neural damage, but rather to improve the whole range of social and psychic parameters of the patients. They are helped to better understand and relate to their everyday actions and relationships; thus improving their abilities within their daily tasks.
Assisted by the therapist the patient will start becoming aware of such physically imposing animal through simple physical contact, brushing and patting. In the saddle the relationship between horse and patient becomes closer and beneficial for both and is aimed at learning to relate to different people within the group. During the sessions, both the horse and the patient can explore and express their emotions, fears and limits, which help the favourable outcome of the therapeutic relationship.
Horses “feel” and understand the strengths and weaknesses of the person taking care of them. The movements of the horse provide the opportunity for the patient to explore, control and coordinate posture and movement. Therapy starts as an individual experience to then, if possible, become a group involvement connected to the type of difficulty or pathology, allowing the patients to become protagonists of their own improvement. Tons of fun, new friends and fantastic outdoor activities!