Equine Assisted Therapy
The Pegasus Program teams horses with a Mental Health Professional to provide individual, family, and group sessions. These sessions focus on ground work with horses (no riding), with the horses supporting clients through the use of metaphor and skills. Clients learn by practicing skills in real-time, which makes the experience immediate. Experiences are then tied into what is occurring in the clients’ lives. Working with horses is so effective because it is driven by the science that humans learn best by doing. Equine therapy is a totally hands-on approach where clients are given the space to project and think critically about their situations, make connections, and problem solve. Since the solutions clients come up with are experienced in combination with intellectual understanding, they tend to be more impactful and longer lasting. Part of the benefits of Equine therapy also includes being fully present in the moment, attune to the surroundings and the horses.