Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy Palatine, IL

Palatine Equine-Assisted PsychotherapyThere are so many great therapy options for improving mental and emotional health, and one of those is equine-assisted psychotherapy Palatine, IL offers at Lotus Wellness Center. For many people, working with and being around animals and horses provides many health benefits. Trying something new can be uncomfortable but working with an experienced therapist and trainer will help you to feel more at ease while it is still a new concept to you. Give us a call today to ask any questions you have and schedule an appointment!

What to Expect at Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy

When you begin Palatine equine-assisted psychotherapy it may feel unusual and different if you have never taken care of a horse before, like many people who have never spent time with horses. Any time you start something new it may feel uncomfortable at the beginning but keeping an open mind and taking the time to connect with the horse and care for it can have many emotional and mental health benefits. Here are some of the things you can expect to do with your trainer at equine-assisted therapy:

  • Care for the horse
    Caring for an animal, especially a large animal like a horse, can be a lot of work and include feeding, watering, brushing, washing, cleaning out the stall, checking for injuries and cuts, and more. Work like this is incredibly rewarding for most people, to see the horse healthy and well because of the work that you did to care for it. This is also the first step in getting to know the horse and earning its trust and you will discuss animal behaviors with your trainer and how to apply healthy emotional habits to your life.
  • Leading the horse
    Before riding a horse it is important for you and the horse to get to know each other and be comfortable around each other, so you may begin with leading the horse by its harness before getting on it. This will allow the horse to recognize you as a trusted caretaker who is capable and worthy of leading and guiding the horse. 
  • Basic horse riding
    Part of learning to ride a horse includes getting the horse ready to ride with the saddle and other gear properly put on the horse. There are multiple steps to saddling a horse that you will learn to do yourself so that you and the horse can ride comfortably and more safely. 
  • Riding skills
    As you begin horse riding regularly, you can work on your riding skills with your trainer and learn new skills, such as tight turns, jumping, and galloping. These are tough skills to learn and must be worked on, which can be a beneficial part of equine-assisted therapy because it gives you a goal to work toward and a sense of pride when it is accomplished. 

Call us Today

If you have any questions about Palatine equine-assisted psychotherapy, do not hesitate to reach out to us at Lotus Wellness Center to schedule an appointment where you can ask any questions you have and voice potential concerns. We are looking forward to hearing from you and working with you to find therapies that will be a good fit to help you on your mental and emotional health journey. Call us today!