We’ve written extensively about the benefits of Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT) for people with PTSD, eating disorders, and other mental health issues. There is something comforting and soothing about being with horses that goes hand in hand with healing. Over the years, various studies and studies have shown that equine therapy can positively impact mood, social skills, self-esteem, trust, and a host of other life skills. for both adults and children. The therapy has been so successful around the world that people and organizations have taken notice and are trying to adapt equestrian therapy to other situations.
One of such groups is Alkebu-Lan villagea Detroit, Michigan nonprofit founded in 1978. The group launched a program this past summer called “Stop Horsing Around” for inner-city children learning to feed for the first time, grooming and riding.
Sabrina Cesaire, a social worker, “The goal is to provide this to our inner-city youth who are struggling with a variety of challenges and stressors. Talk to Detroit Free Press.
The show introduced Charlie Brown, a 13-year-old Tennessee walking horse, to the back parking lot of Alkebu-Lan Village in the Dearborn Heights neighborhood with more than a dozen registered children. The children were taught the chestnut gelding approach and given his “permission” to be petted. Then, one by one, the children were fed carrots and groomed the patient pony.
At the end of the program, the children were taken for an hour to a stable called Bandy’s Farm, where they had the opportunity to spend the day “riding around”. The organizers are aiming to continue the equine therapy program throughout the year.
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