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Equine Therapy Program

The Equine Therapy Program (ETP) is designed to empower veterans dealing with symptoms related to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Abuse,  Anger Management, Anxiety and Mood disorders.
The three phase program introduces and reinforces life skills lessons while working
on ground and in saddle with the horse.

        Phase I: Recovery

                Taking directions                         Complete task as instructed                                                              Manners            Respect code of conduct

                Listening skills                             Successfully receive behavioral messages                                       Respect              Give firm command and appropriate use of discipline

                Boundaries                                   Actively protect bodies, mind, and emotion in challenging times

                Trust building                              Perform task without hesitation and with consistency

                Patience                                         Center themselves in order to clearly think           

                Increase Self-esteem                   Practice self-compassion when failing or succeeding

        Phase II: Recovery Lifestyle Plan

                Increase team-building              Consider others’ initiatives                                                                 Relationship building           Use consensus

                Identifying self-success              Set realistic and measurable goals for self

                Identifying and experiencing positive aspects of non-verbal communication    
                                                                       Remain open to behavioral suggestions from the horse and act as harmonizing agent

                Self-motivation                            Find creative ways to persist toward goal regardless of the nature of the obstacle

                Expressing feelings                     Consider feelings, thoughts, and needs and choose when appropriate to share

                Increase Self-esteem                  Evaluate self-performance with compassion and establish realistic steps for improvement
                                                                       Increase ability to make appropriate choices
                                                                       Set ground rules for efficiency and success and consider options and possible outcomes before making decisions.

        Phase III: Plan to Action

                Self-confidence                            Admit mistakes and accept compliments while doing what is believed to be right

                Manage Problem-solving           Define the problem, generate alternatives, evaluate them, and implement solution.

                Ability to communicate feelings/thoughts openly
                                                                       Express negative thoughts and emotions in a constructive manner and clearly share positive thoughts and emotions

                Trusting self and others              Welcome the input of others and assert opinions without aggression

                Clear communication and instructional skills      
                                                                       Show interest, set aside judgments, provide feedback, and use non-verbal signals to match up with the words

                Self-discipline                              Ability to make future plans and be goal directed

                Self-control                                    Ability to cope effectively with intense emotions and behaviors

                Support                                         Encourage others and delegate to empower when appropriate