Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies
Adaptive Riding/Therapeutic Riding is for individuals with a range of physical, emotional, cognitive, and social disabilities.
In an Equine Assisted Activities program, a certified riding instructor is teaching a person with a disability how to ride a horse.
However, the environment of the horse can provide more than just riding skills.
Adaptive Riding can also teach companionship, responsibility, leadership, vocational, educational
skills as well as offer competition venues in the different horse disciplines.
Contact Elizabeth Doskotz . 908.797.4547
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)
Participants learn about themselves and others by participating in ground activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns. EFP incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning in humans. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed mental health professional and an equine specialist working with clients and horses to address treatment goals.
No prior experience with horses is necessary because the focus of EAP is not riding or horsemanship.
Contact Tara Mahoney, LPC 201.454.2445
Freedom Horse Veteran Program
Freedom Horse launched its Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies for Veterans of all wars who are seeking readjustment treatment from military to civilian life. This program is free to all military service men and women.
Trauma affects many veterans and their families, and we are indebted to give back to those who have protected us with honor and integrity. We are keenly aware that when a military member’s family understands how trauma impacts the lives of the entire family, it will diminish the effects on the family for years to come.
Contact Tara Mahoney 201.454.2445
Here is what some Veterans say about the impact Freedom Horse has had on their lives:
“I realized after the herd observation that I no longer needed to rush into a situation and be a first responder; I could choose to allow others to take care of it.”
Karla, Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran
“I have never shared with any civilian until today what I experienced, and yesterday I told my wife for the first time.”
Mark, Vietnam Veteran
“Being with this horse every week is the most time I have been outside in 20 years.”
Glen, Desert Storm Veteran
Equine Immersion Programs compliment traditional therapeutic evidenced-based
best-practice interventions through the healing power of the horse during
1-Day, 2-Day and Weekend Immersion experiences.
EIP programming is horse based and client centered. The team includes a Military Advocate, Mental Health Professional, Equine Specialists and Facility/Operations Manager...
And of course Horses!
Recognizing the importance of resilience and professionalism for staff and volunteers, EIP provides training to launch a new veteran program or expand your current veteran program. Topics might include:
Military Cultural Competency
Trauma Informed Care
May 5-6, 2019
Freedom Horse Farm, Long Valley, NJ
Sunday: Professional/volunteer training
Monday: Facilitation of EIP to veterans
To Register please contact Gerry Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 11-13, 2019
Ancora Imparo, Northfield, NH
Friday: Professional/volunteer training
Saturday: Facilitation of EIP to veterans
On Site Lodging Available