A Natural Environment for Communication
Structured around a fully operating on-site facility with safety as a first-priority, Equine therapy at Resolution Ranch was specifically designed to address the various adversities of teenaged boys. Our therapists & counselors are certified by the Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association (EAGALA), which sets the standard for this type of therapy worldwide. Our program is made up of two components: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL).
EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (EAP):
EMOTIONAL GROWTH THROUGH HORSE THERAPY
In Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) involves a team that includes a mental health professional and a horse professional. Student’s interaction with the horses are designed to reflect and illuminate deeper real-life issues. Horses are extremely perceptive and pick up on a student’s attitude, energy, enthusiasm (or lack of), allowing a therapist to recognize areas of unhealthy behaviors and their root causes. Because EAP focuses on being active in the present moment, it creates an engaging environment where participants can openly discuss their feelings and behaviors with their therapist.
EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING (EAL)
APPLIED LEARNING THROUGH HORSE CARE
EAP, Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) requires the student to apply certain learned skills and set educational goals. Although EAL involves specific Equine tasks, the focus of this is not on a student’s riding abilities or horsemanship. What’s most important is how a student responds to adverse and developmental experiences. These realizations often help a student address their own challenges and build skills like having patience, working with authority figures, and being more honest along the way.