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I decided to share another book that I feel really explains at a high level what Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is and how it can help people suffering from various mental health issues,
The book is called “Riding Home – The Power of Horses to Heal”
by Tim Hayes. I read this book last year when I started volunteering at Hearts Landing Ranch here in Granite Bay, CA. I was interested in learning more about EAP and how to interact with these magnificent animals.
In the book, Tim explains EAP and shares stories outlining and supporting the ideas he presents.
Tim says, “Being with a horse compels one to acknowledge who they really are and not who they would prefer to be for others. It is only by seeing and accepting one’s true self, that a person can begin to heal their emotional wounds. If you don’t know that you, your behavior, or your attitude is the problem, then you need someone or something to show that to you.”
This is where horses can be an invaluable tool in the EAP process as they act as mirrors to our emotions.
Horses can do this without criticism, judgement, or shame.
Bottom line – Horses are a powerful partner in the therapeutic process and can help people find their true path.
If you have an interest in this topic, I highly suggest this book!
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All the Best !
Hearts Landing Ranch -Volunteer