All Kinds of News for December 06, 2017
Trails Carolina, a wilderness therapy program helping teens ages 10-17, has developed an equine therapy program that promotes the development of communication and relationship skills in both students and horses.
The horses within the equine therapy programming at Trails share many of the challenges faced by students. Coming from rescues, these horses are in need of a healing environment and trusting relationships.
Students work with horses upon their return to base camp every couple of weeks. Their work with horses can be some of the most memorable and rewarding experiences of their time at Trails.
Within equine therapy programming, student and horses build a close bond that is beneficial to both parties. Horses help students regulate their emotions and vice versa. The work students do with horses helps the horses trust and think before they react. This work helps horses maintain better relationships upon their return to their owner or when they go up for adoption.
“Over time, our horses are able to trust people and have developed their brain in a way that allows them to think and act (rather than emotionally react) when faced with pressure,” comments Anne Westall, Equine Therapy Instructor at Trails Carolina. “In this process students are able to practice getting their horse and themselves to a connected and thinking state.”
The equine therapy program at Trails Carolina allows students to develop a new set of skills and boost confidence within themselves.
About Trails Carolina
Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program based just outside of Asheville, North Carolina that offers a multi-dimensional wilderness therapy model to troubled adolescents, ages 10-17. Trails capitalizes upon the profound effects of a student’s wilderness experience, and then combines that experience with strong clinical assessments and therapy.