Horses have been used in physical therapy since the 50s and this unique bond has proved successful in psychological therapies .
They are used to help with a variety of mental health issues : Addiction, Anger, Anxiety Disorders, Autism, Behavioural Disorders, Eating Disorders, Trauma, Low Self Esteem .
This therapy is becoming increasing popular in the UK and has been used and supported in the USA with a growing evidence base to support it use.
Horses are beneficial in the followings ways:
The use of animals within therapy can be traced back thousands of years to the ancient Greeks .
Their ability to read human emotion and provide a non judgemental, honest relationship is perhaps why man has developed a close bond with these animals . They do not have a hidden agenda and they provide tangible and immediate feedback on our own emotional state and body language.
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