Whole-Hearted Wellness partners with an Equine Specialist and farm in Barnardsville, NC to provide Equine Therapy opportunities.
Equine therapy is experiential in nature–meaning individuals and families will learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing feelings, behaviors, and patterns. The benefits include the development/improvement of work ethic, responsibility, assertiveness, communication, and healthy relationships.
Equine therapy involves setting up goals involving the horses, which will require the individual and/or family to apply certain skills. Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem solving and leadership are among the many skill sets of equine therapy.
Comfortability around horses is not a prerequisite. Experiences with horses is not required. Naturally intimidating to many, horses are large and powerful. This creates a natural opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop confidence. Working alongside a horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides wonderful insight when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.
Like humans, horses are social animals, with defined roles within their herds. They would rather be with their peers. They have distinct personalities, attitudes and moods; an approach that works with one horse won’t necessarily work with another. At times, they seem stubborn and defiant. They like to have fun. In other words, horses provide vast opportunities for drawing parallels in our relationships with self and others.
Please contact me if you are interested in equine-assisted therapy and how to incorporate into your wellness sessions, workshops, or retreats.
$150 per hour
Sliding scale opportunities may be available