Why Equine Therapy

Why Use Horses?


  • Working with large and powerful animals helps participants overcome fear. Accomplishing tasks involving horses, in spite of this fear, creates confidence and helps the participants deal with other intimidating situations in life.
  • Like humans, horses have distinct personalities.  They provide opportunities for metaphorical learning.  Using metaphors is an effective technique when working with even the most challenging individuals or groups.
  • Horses can mirror human body language.  Participants learn if they change their behavior, the horses will respond differently.
  • Horses are honest, which makes them especially powerful messengers.
  • The horses at Rapha Reins are especially unique in that they have all had to overcome diversity to flourish into the incredible beings they are today, which is not unlike a lot of the people they will be working with.   

Benefits of EAP/EAL



Breaks down defense barriers

Time effective

Challenges clients in a non-threatening manner

The horse is a non-judgmental, honest friend

Promotes a motivating learning environment

Builds the therapeutic relationship

Enhances problem-solving skills

Provides immediate cause-and-effect situations

Decreases feelings of hopelessness

Encourages responsibility

Captivates and holds attention

Helps teach empathy

Develops social skills

Stimulates creativity

Teaches better communication skills

Empowers and gives a sense of control over self  

What Horses Teach Us


In an educational setting, horses and the lifestyle that goes along with maintaining horses, provides opportunities to teach critical life and communication skills. Horses mostly use non-vocal communication and thus are wonderful teachers to help us better understand and learn how our non-verbal communication might be impacting or influencing others in our lives. Horses also demand that we are aware of our surroundings at all times. In order to stay safe around horses we must be observant and present in our bodies. We have to listen to each other and to the horses. We have to stay focused and attentive. To care for horses takes dedication, time, and effort and our clients can learn a strong work ethic that may transition back into their daily lives. Furthermore, clients gain self-esteem and self-confidence while learning how to work with such a large and powerful creature. In all, horses provide us with a way to see our internal landscape and modes of operation exposed. They offer us humility, compassion, and challenge – all critical elements to supporting self-growth and self-awareness 



Individual riding lessons and horse care is presented in an experiential method that helps clients taken ownership of the equine learning



Group exercises are done using various horses for leadership training and activities that center around teamwork



Camps are conducted to provide various activities and learning to help all those who are involved