Equine Therapy

Horse Play is more important than you might think.

Asa holistic nurse in private practice, I am always interested in learning about how therapeutic modalities can make this world a better place to live. This project is part of an on-going educational campaign to bring these modalities to you.

Equine therapy is practiced in most countries in the world. It was originally used to help people recover from traumatic injuries, then became widely used as a therapeutic tool for the physically handicapped. Most recently, equine therapy has become accepted as a useful tool in treating a wide variety of psychological and mental disorders.

Physiological and psychological benefits of horse therapy have been well documented throughout the years. These benefits include lowered blood pressure and heart rate, increased beta-endorphin levels, decreased stress levels, reduced feelings of anger, hostility, tension and anxiety, improved social functioning, increased feelings of empowerment, trust, patience and self-esteem.

Therapists say that young people who ordinarily resist physical and emotional closeness with other people can often accept it from a horse. Effective communication with a horse involves patience, understanding, attention, forgiveness and consistency, abilities that any young person will find useful throughout their life. 

To learn more about how equine therapy can help you or a child in your life, visit the following link.


There are examples of horse play all around you.

The Grace Foundation of Northern California is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization that provides critical care and rehabilitation for abused and neglected animals and utilizes rescued animals for assisted learning and therapeutic programs for children, youth and adults.


Quote for the day: “Ask me to show you poetry in motion, and I will show you a horse.”