What is Equine Facilitated Therapy?
Lessons learnt through Equine Facilitated Therapies can be more easily absorbed and remembered, resulting in lasting and positive changes that can be transferred to the world of human-human relating. Equine Facilitated Therapy can also be an excellent bridging therapy for people who are not ready for talking therapies and counselling.
EFL uses equine-facilitated activities as a tool for self-development
and education, with a focus on the present moment. Skills include
non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking,
problem-solving, leadership, teamwork, relationship skills,
confidence and resilience.
Equine Facilitated Therapy uses equine-facilitated activities to
explore the way a client sees and relates to themselves and others,
their patterns of behaviour and survival as well as their gifts and
strengths, and may include the exploration of past experiences
The Benefits of Equine Facilitated Therapies
The principles that apply to building a relationship with a horse transfer to healthy human relationships. People often repeat patterns of relating when working with a horse; the non-judgemental response of the horse can make it easier for clients to identify how they create those same problems in relationship with themselves and others, taking appropriate responsibility for the relationships in their lives. This process can help young people to address and move through past or present damaging life circumstances, understand how those circumstances affect their current interactions, and make the personal changes necessary for healthy, fulfilling relationships in the present and future. Where group work is appropriate, this will also provide an environment to practice the development of practical, informal networks that allow clients to receive advice, make friends, reduce isolation and grasp positive opportunities.
Equine Facilitated has long been financially out of reach from low income groups where the need for such therapy is usually the greatest. Due to a strong belief in the efficacy of Equine Facilitated Therapeutic Activities (EFTA), both from the evidence base and personal experience, Pony Partnerships is a CIC (community interest company) in order to offer EFTA to those most in need in Nottingham, Derby and Leicestershire.
You can read more about the benefits of, and evidence for, EFP and EFL in our Resources section.