Everything You Need To Know About Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Programs

It’s a fact that pet owners experience mental and physical benefits by merely spending time with their pets. However, researchers are busy knowing if spending time with animals offers healing experience to people with physical and mental ailments.

Equine-assisted psychotherapy programs or EAPs are some of the most popular experiential treatments being used today.

The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association states that EAP is a form of equine therapy for treating several behavioral issues, stress, depression, anxiety, abuse issues, mental disorders, etc.

In this blog, we are going to shed light on Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in detail.

What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy?

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy or EAP is a form of experiential psychotherapy that involves horses besides certified psychotherapists and licensed mental health professionals. The objective of the therapy is to achieve psychotherapy goals. In EAP, horses play a crucial role in instilling life skills in the patients.

Now one might wonder why horses are the best animal for such therapy programs.

The use of horses in healing people with a wide range of mental and psychological illness is based on the hypothesis that equines are highly emotional beings and non-judgmental animals. Since horses are sensitive to their environment, they respond to it instantly. When they are near someone with mental stress or psychological issues, horses sense it and works as a biofeedback device. The horse’s power to sense emotions enables the patient and the therapists to address the problems.

Here are some ways therapeutic equine therapy works for psychological ailments.

1. It provides insight to the therapists: EAP helps the therapists learning more about the patient. The way a patient interacts with the horse and how they respond to a horse’s behavior allows the therapist to understand how their patients interact with others. The therapist may either take the client’s interpretation of a horse’s behavior into account to identify the cause of depression.

2. Instant information: Horses mirror the actions of others: They give instantaneous and accurate feedback to the patient making them aware of their emotions and moods. The therapist takes note of how the horse is reacting to the patient and formulate further therapy.

 3. Forms a healthy relationship: Horses are non-judgmental beings: They are not concerned with how one looks. They offer an unbiased response to the patients. This instills a sense of trust and faith in the patients. This way, the patients learn to form a healthy connection with others without worrying about being judged.  Equine-assisted psychological programs work best to combat eating disorders. The EAP makes the patients experience with relationship less stressing.

 4. Helps in Trust Building: Patients with some mental disorders suffer from psychological trauma and anxiety. Their condition makes it hard for them to trust others or form a trusting relationship. It’s often seen that such patients resist others and fear opening up their feeling with the therapists. Equine facilitated psychotherapy allows such patients to connect with the horse. It’s aimed at helping the patients break their emotional and communication barriers and feel confident in a relationship.…

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PAWSI International

PAWSI has worked tirelessly as an honest-broker with DEFRA and others. It has pioneered training for trainers. Its recommendations for sensible regulation have been preferred by many (including apparently DEFRA).

PAWSI is emphatically NOT an apologist for poor welfare.

It is NOT being considered as a regulator for performing animals or circus, it was looked at this way but declined because it felt that it was inappropriate. For self-regulation to work the regulator should be organised by the groups being inspected and regulated – PAWSI is intended to be an honest broker, it can and does bring together people with expertise in the sector to help draft standards which a regulator can then use.

Please let us know if you find something wrong with this website. It has been updated totally, very quickly because people were choosing to misinterpret the old site and drawing incorrect conclusions. This site will get tidied up!

PAWSI is dedicated to establishing standards to protect the welfare of all animals involved in performance. PAWSI believes that the interaction between animals and man are beneficial to the interests of both, involvement in performance and entertainment is an aspect of this.
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Animal Welfare

PAWSI stands for Performing Animals Welfare Standards International

PAWSI is dedicated to establishing standards to protect the welfare of all animals involved in performance. PAWSI believes that the interaction between animals and man are beneficial to the interests of both, involvement in performance and entertainment is an aspect of this.

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PAWSI was founded in 1999 by Rona Brown and Peter Scott to take on the work they had been doing in developing standards and training for animals used in the media.

The standards grew from a wide range of sources including material given originally by Rona Brown to the American Humane Association in the 70’s. Many people contributed to this important work and several sets of standards developed around the world. Peter Scott became involved in the mid 80’s and the concept of PAWSI arose in the late 90’s.

Both Rona and Peter were involved with the Animal Filming and Training Commission (AFTC) which on behalf of Skillset developed the NVQ structure now adopted by LANTRA – hopefully soon to be offered as courses by Colleges such as Sparsholt

PAWSI works with media productions and with veterinary surgeonsto develop a set of standards and show how they can be achieved and certified on a production. On completion a Certificate is issued to confirm compliance with the PAWSI standards.

PAWSI is working with DEFRA, Scottish Executive, RSPCA, Dogs Trust already and is happy to work with any group who wishes to forward the interests and welfare of animals in the media.…

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