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Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an experiential form of mental health therapy that uses interactions with a horse (equine) to facilitate individual growth and relational healing. Board-certified therapists use experiences with a horse and personal reflection to achieve the participant’s therapy goals. Individual, family and group sessions are offered and can include riding or working with a horse on the ground.

EAP at One Heart Stables began in 1995 as a service to the children in the residential center on the Christian Children’s Home of Ohio campus. The program has expanded to serve children and adults in the general public. Our mission remains to improve the quality of life for our clients through compassionate equine-assisted therapy.

Our team looks forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve your goals. Most insurances are accepted.

Why horses?
Horses are unique because they offer a pure, nonjudgmental relationship to the client. A horse’s instincts cause the animal to live in the present moment and react to immediate surroundings; therefore, a horse often reacts to the mood and behavior of the participant. Whereas a dog loves unconditionally and a cat loves quite conditionally, a horse’s behavior is always honest.

Horses offer clients struggling with depression, low self-esteem or anxiety the opportunity to engage in authentic connection. The concepts learned in developing a relationship with a horse can be easily translated to developing healthy relationships with others.

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Who can benefit?
Children and adults with the following challenges can benefit from participation in EAP:

  • Depression, anxiety or trauma disorders
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Relationship or communication problems
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Behavioral issues
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating disorders

Client benefits include an increase in self-confidence, self-worth, communication skills, coping skills and problem-solving skills.

What is Therapeutic Riding?

Therapeutic riding helps to benefit those with special needs or disabilities cognitively, physically, and emotionally. Therapeutic riding can help to increase flexibility, balance, and strength in those with physical disabilities, as well as encourage verbal and non-verbal communication. Grooming, caring for the horse, and riding all offer sensory input, improve fine motor skills, and help to increase a rider’s social skills. Sessions are offered in group or individual settings.

Sessions typically consist of learning how to groom, saddle, lead, and ride a horse; lessons may also include playing games under saddle, listening to music, and trail riding. With our calm and steady horses, trained volunteers, and mounting ramp, we can safely help riders of many different ages and abilities learn how to ride a horse. Autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, Down syndrome, ADHD, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injuries, Parkinson’s disease, and those with hearing, vision, or speech impediments have all found benefit from participating in our therapeutic riding program. Therapeutic riding is a unique and beneficial therapy, all under the pretense of having fun.

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