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Equine-facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) or Therapeutic Riding

In the last decade, interest around and research into the client-horse bond and using horses to develop self-sufficiency, self-confidence and overall feelings of well-being have been prolific.  In a 2005 article called “New age or old sage? A review of equine-assisted psychotherapy”, Karen Frewin and Brent Gardiner pointed out that because horses are prey animals and therefore remain alert to potential threats, they are sensitive to incongruence between overt and emotional messages from their human counterparts; because they are both herd animals and very large, horses are quite responsive to physical touch, voice volume and tone, and these animals provide a wonderful mirror for experienced therapists to utilize.