EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (EAP)

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, or EAP, incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. Individuals learn about themselves and others by participation in activities with horses, then discussing their thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, and patterns. The focus of EAP is not riding or horsemanship, but the individual's mental health and self improvement.

(Source: Eagala.org

Hoofprint Meadows collaborates with a local mental health professional in order to address mental health issues and client treatment goals for adults and children, ages 8 and above. After screening and acceptance by our Mental Health Professional, all treatment sessions are conducted by our EAGALA-trained treatment team. This team consists minimally of our Mental Health Counselor, Equine Specialist, and horse partner(s). Additional treatment team members may be incorporated as appropriate.


    Who can benefit from Eap?

    EAP may be appropriate to help improve the lives of:

    • Veterans
    • Caregivers
    • Couples with Marital Problems
    • At-risk youth
    • Individuals living with:
      • PTSD
      • Anxiety & Depression
      • Eating Disorders
      • Sexual & Emotional Trauma

    Please contact us if you or someone you love is struggling with mental health issues which may benefit from this non-traditional, experiential model of treatment.


    Horses can mirror our emotions.

    Horses can mirror our emotions.

    Benefits of EAP

    Individual participation in EAP can help with:

    • Nonverbal communication skills
    • Assertiveness
    • Confidence building
    • Creative thinking & problem solving skills
    • Leadership skills
    • Taking responsibility
    • Increasing mindfulness
    • Increasing use of coping skills 
    • Teamwork & relationship building
    There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.
    — Winston S. Churchill