Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Middle of the USA!
Using Horses for Emotional Issues
Hi everyone! I need a little help here from this community :)
I'm working on a research paper in college, and it's on the use of horses and therapeutic riding in the rehabilitation/therapy of adolescents with emotional trauma/baggage/difficulties. The paper will cover the efficiency and effectiveness of working with horses, but the main thrust of it is to provide suggestions for the implementation of a program that could serve as a template for others across the country. I'm undergrad, so I'm not doing any official, original research for the paper, but I am planning on interviewing a psychologist I know who has worked with a child this way (anonymity and personal privacy will be a priority) as well as a few trainers in my area who have seen firsthand the healing power of horses.
All this to give you a sense of background. What I need is to know if there are any facilities around the country that work with adolescents (or even other age groups) and horses to overcome the participants' emotional troubles. This could be past abuse, traumatic events, withdrawal, aggressive behavior, social trouble at school, being on either side of bullying, PTSD, and so on. I'd like to be able to contact one or more of such facilities to get an idea of how the operate, how they secure funding, etc. It is important to me that a facility work with at least some children in a primarily emotional way, as I already have a facility nearby that does physical therapy with children who are physically or mentally disabled. Though the paper will mention the effect of horses on those with mental and physical disabilities, the main focus is the use of horses with those who have emotional baggage or past trauma.
Thank you so much!
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