Wild Hearts Equine Therapy Center offers a variety of equine-assisted programs, including:
- Therapeutic Riding
- Youth Mentoring
- Equine-Guided Programs for Military Veterans
- Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning
- Leadership and Team Building
- Summer Programs for Youth
- School Visits
Results from equine assisted learning and therapy programs are tangible, meaningful and life changing. And sometimes, the results come from simply being in the presence of a horse’s unconditional acceptance and innate sensitivity.
I have seen positive changes in her ability to focus on and follow through with completing school work, as well as many positive changes in her personal self-confidence level…. The experience is a great stress reducer. ~ Jan L, adoptive parent
Through horses, people can heal, develop and learn new skills that are uniquely provided by equine guides. Our programs help people:
- Improve emotional and physical strength
- Heal from post-traumatic stress disorder
- Manage special needs
- Gain confidence and assertiveness
- Improve communication and relationship skills
- Become better leaders
- Build effective and more collaborative teams
- Become more self-aware
Therapy sessions are by appointment only. The Center will be closed to the public during certain therapy sessions in order to comply with HIPPA regulations. Please contact us to learn more about current programs and to schedule your appointment.
Equine Therapy Models
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)
Equine Assisted Learning – a profoundly effective therapy – acknowledges and encourages the emotional bond between horses and people. It is an educational approach that has as its primary focus the goal of facilitating personal growth and the development of life skills through equine interactions. It has been used as a treatment option for helping those with a multitude of disorders and disabilities, including those with autism, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and many others.
Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA)
The EAGALA model provides a standard and structure for providing equine assisted psychotherapy and equine assisted learning sessions. It uses a framework of practice with infinite opportunities for creativity and adaptability to various therapeutic and facilitating styles. Learn more about EAGALA here.
Hippotherapy is a form of physical, occupational and speech therapy in which we use the characteristic movements of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input. The use of evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement is used to engage the sensorimotor and neuromotor systems to create functional change. Hippotherapy is not a new or experimental treatment strategy. A substantial body of research supporting the use of hippotherapy continues to grow. Research supporting the benefits of hippotherapy is available here.
The unique, multidisciplinary approach of equine-facilitated experiential learning can include riding, energy work and art therapy, among other offerings. The Epona Approach™ focuses on simply connecting with horses to help people get in touch with themselves and gain important insights into their relationships with others.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
This powerful and effective therapeutic approach is becoming widely used across the world. By providing experiences with horses (that do not include riding) it provides mental and behavioral health therapy and personal development. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. A variety of mental health and human development needs can be addressed by this program, including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, relationship problems, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and many others.