Our experienced ponies and horses have provided thousands of therapeutic instructional hours. The ponies and horses utilized by Bridges can accommodate both children and adult participants, and allow the instructors to partner the participant with the pony or horse that best meets individual program needs.
Equine Assisted Activites & Therapies (EAAT)
Equine-Assisted Activities & Therapies are any specific activity, e.g.. therapeutic riding, mounted or ground activities, grooming and stable management, shows, parades, demonstrations, etc., in which clients, participants, volunteers, instructors, and equines are involved. Equine-assisted therapy is treatment that incorporates equine activities and/or the equine environment. Rehabilitative goals are related to the patient’s needs and the medical professional’s standards of practice.
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Psychotherapy (EAP)
Equine Assisted Learning is an educational approach to equine-assisted activities. EAL content is developed and organized by credentialed practitioners with the primary intent to facilitate personal growth and development of life skills through equine interactions.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is an experiential form of psychotherapy where horses are involved in the sessions. “Experiential” means that you will be involved in hands-on experiences with the horses designed to reflect things going on in your life. The process is not always about interacting with the treatment team, although that will happen at times, but is about providing you the opportunity to experience, explore, problem-solve, discover, be creative, gain insight and experience practical applications of what you are learning in the moment. The process is about “doing” along with the “talking.”