Do I have to get on a horse or ride it?
No. All the work is done on the ground and no riding is involved. We do not saddle the horses as we believe a more authentic relationship is achieved when a horse is in it's natural state.
Is equine therapy just about looking at and being with the horses?
Not always. We sometimes suggest suitable activities and tasks in therapy sessions, in order to help the client look at things differently. You can also tell us if you want to do a particular activity if you think it would help you. In group work we are more likely to suggest activities in order to enhance the experience, depending on the group's agenda.
I'm not sure about getting close to horses as they seem a bit big and scary. Do I have to get near them?
No, you don't. It's OK to stand outside the fence until you are more confident about being closer to them. A lot of work can be done by observing horses behaviour, and how you are feeling or reacting to them.
Can I brush the horses if I want to?
Yes, you can. This can sometimes be an important part of therapy if you feel it would it help you.
Can I walk a horse with a rope or reins?
Yes, we can provide you with a lead rope, or other means, to walk a horse.
Where does the work take place?
We work outside, whenever possible, in the paddock or field, and/or in the menage (a fenced in space usually used for training horses). If available on site we can also use an indoor arena.
What should I wear?
You should wear comfortable clothing suitable for weather conditions on the day. However open toed shoes, sandals and steel capped shoes are not recommended. Good outdoor shoes, trainers or boots are best.
Do you work in all weathers?
We do, unless it is very bad. At some of our sites there are indoor facilities, so we can work whatever the weather. As we are working with outdoor animals, we believe that the weather could possibly play a part in the work and/or experience.
Why should I choose equine therapy over other therapies? What is better, or different, about therapy with horse versus 'normal' therapy?
As horses are more able to read people's body language and reactions, they are more honest in their feedback. They can often get to the core belief of someone much faster than conventional therapies.
Do you work overseas?
We are very fortunate to have a location in France, and we are looking to expand further abroad.
Can we contact you?
Of course! If you wish to discuss anything, please call or email us and we will do our best to resolve any issues.