For thousands of years, people and horses have worked together. Now equine-assisted therapy helps horses and people interact to improve mental and physical health.
Groups of military veterans around the state go on trial rides with professionals- who help them recognize and address some of the emotional impacts of war and the transition back to civilian life. Others with mental and physical health challenges develop greater self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and self-control while working with horses and therapists. In part, because the animals are non-judgmental, have no preconceived expectations, and are effective at mirroring a person's attitudes and behaviors.