We collaborated with Equal-Ark to introduce Equine Therapy to our teenage residents. This is a form of experiential therapy involving facilitated interaction and play sessions with trained horses at the National Equestrian Park. The aim is to bring about cognitive-behavioural changes as the residents gradually learn to better regulate their emotions.
Over the 9 Equine Therapy sessions, participants got hands-on experience in activities such as leading the animals through various obstacles with limited communication, caring for and grooming the horses with handicaps, and tying plaits with the horses’ manes.
The teenagers were taught how to communicate calmly with others as they collaborated to meet task objectives. The experience promoted increased self-awareness and helped them forge improved, deeper relationships with their peers.