One of the many benefits of equine assisted therapy is the fact that it helps children develop positive attachments with animals, a skill they might not otherwise acquire. Children are taught how to communicate clearly with a horse and become more assertive, clear and direct. This allows them to put aside negative emotions, ruminations, and struggles in favor of the horse's needs. Whether a child is in a school or at home, a relationship with a horse can improve their life.
While the horses aren't always the most accommodating, they can still provide a sense of accomplishment. They are able to mirror the behavior of the patient, so that they can communicate with that person in a more effective way. This can be especially helpful for children who have trouble trusting others and are afraid to be in unfamiliar environments. In addition to promoting positive interactions, equine activities can also help the child increase his or her self-esteem and confidence.
A therapeutic horse is a valuable part of any therapy session. A horse's unique sensory system allows it to work with patients in a way that is unique to human interaction. This allows horses to help patients engage in activities they may not have otherwise pursued. The result is an increased sense of self-esteem. And a horse can help children overcome bullying, phobias, and other problems that can hinder socialization and physical activity.