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