EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a treatment modality in which horses are used to introduce therapy clients to themselves in a manner that is more efficient and less threatening than traditional verbal therapy. During EAP sessions, horses become a metaphorical vehicle in which clients are able to observe their own instinctual behavioral patterns and reaction to external stimulation. Clients are taught that the principle interaction between humans and horses during all equestrian activities consists in the rider/trainer delivering non-verbal cues (reining, spurring, etc.) that apply a certain amount of pressure and pain on the animal. They are further taught that horses move toward pain and away from pressure, which makes riding and reining horses possible.