Using the horse as a therapeutic partner is a powerful and effective approach that has an incredible transformational and healing impact on individuals, children, families, and groups. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life of our clients by providing a comfortable environment that supports the dignity and special needs of everyone. Horses provide a natural opportunity for individuals to overcome fears, take pride in their accomplishments, and develop confidence that they will carry into all areas of their life.
Challenges successfully addressed by mounted and unmounted Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning include:
- A.D.D. Amputation
- Anger Management Cerebral Palsy
- Conflict Resolution Developmental Delay
- Couples Therapy Downs Syndrome
- Autism/Aspergers Learning Disabilities
- Stress/Anxiety Muscular Dystrophy
- Substance Abuse Multiple Sclerosis
At Risk Youth Spina Bifida
- Victims of Abuse Spinal Cord Injury
- Bereavement Terminal Illness
- P.T.S.D. Sight Impairment
- Self Esteem/Confidence
Many of our programs are designed to include the entire family, since addictions and psychological and emotional issues affect everyone, not just the individual seeking treatment.
E.A.P. is also beneficial for corporate retreats, team building and group therapy.
Our class of high school young men with autism had the opportunity to visit the Seaview Equine Therapy Program two times this school year. Animals are a naturally motivating thing to our students, so they were automatically excited.
While at the barn, the students learned about caring for the animal. They were engaged and focused, following directions for the care of the animals. They had opportunites to follow large group instructions and lead the horse. This required them to think about the animals and their point of view. They had to commuinicate with the animals. The students had the opportunity to work with peers to help the animals. All of these things may sound like common sense, but for our students with autism they are often hard to achieve. The use of the horses to teach these skills is a wonderful opportunity.
Gretchen Wiley, teacher, Cape May County Special Services High School (2013)
I feel the program is a valuable tool aiding the healthy development of all intellectual dsabled individuals. My daughter’s confidence increased as her social phobias decreased. Her problem solving abilities also increased in leaps and bounds. In a world where not all people are compassionate toward our children, these beautiful animals give unconditional love. I highly recomment this wonderful program.
Maria Farelli (2013)