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Equine Therapy Works Wonders for Troubled Girls at White Horse Ranch Residential Treatment Facility

equine therapy residential treatment facility white horse ranch troubled girlsEquine Therapy, or Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, is an Experiential Model of Therapy, which rarely involves horseback riding. The troubled girl and horse arena or round pen activities, based on the girl's individualized Treatment Plan, are designed to teach delayed gratification. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (equine therapy) requires the troubled girl or group to apply certain skills in reaching specific goals, such as non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, and problem solving. Our residential treatment center places a lot of stock in the results achieved through equine therapy for troubled girls.

The Clinical Benefits of Equine Therapy for Troubled Girls in a Residential Treatment Facility Setting

Troubled girls obtain leadership skills and a good work ethic by feeding their horse twice daily, along with frequent grooming, responsibility and confidence. A positive attitude is often developed, along with teamwork skills, a renewed sense of family member appreciation, and relationship building or re-building. Our equine therapy program provides unique therapeutic benefits for troubled girls.

Horses Guide Troubled Girls to Progress in our Residential Treatment Facility Ranch Setting

Horses are large and powerful, which creates a natural opportunity for some to overcome fears, while developing a positive sense of self-esteem, self-concept, and self-worth, resulting in a decreased desire for destructive behavior patterns in young women.

Working with therapeutic horses provides troubled girls, families, or groups with honest, non-judgmental insight.

Therapeutic horses quickly become non-verbal, metaphorical mirrors, revealing a “root” issues within people more quickly in the arena than on a therapist’s couch using the psychoanalytic model of treatment at our residential treatment facility.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy addresses a variety of symptomatic behavioral issues, such as:

  • Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Communication Needs
  • Depression
  • Anxiety Problems
  • Eating Disorders
  • Relationship Problems
  • Abusive Behaviors
  • Personality Disorders
  • Fear of Rejection
  • Conflict Management
  • Somatic Complaints
  • School Problems

Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association
The Humane Society of the United States

White Horse Ranch

1601 Wilkie Road

Mooreland, OK 73852

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