Starlight offers Equine-Facilitated Therapy (EFT) in collaboration with Texas Tech Associate Professor of Psychology Stephanie Moses, Ph, D. EFT is a unique, innovative, and effective method of therapy using horses to aid in the therapeutic process. The remarkable elements of the horse - power, grace, vulnerability, and a willingness to bear another - combine to form a fertile stage for therapeutic exploration. EFP is commonly used as a complimentary intervention to empirically supported therapeutic interventions. During EFP, horses support clients’ development of positive behavior and emotional wellness through a variety of activities.
Therapeutic Horsemanship combines mounted and unmounted activities intended for therapeutic outcomes, including improved balance and coordination, increased self-confidence, relief from anxiety and depression, and a greater feeling of freedom and independence. Individuals with autism, sensory integration disorders, language development delays, and people who have experienced trauma can benefit from therapeutic horsemanship.
Equine-Assisted Activities (EAA) can help bring purpose, health, and hope to children, teens, and adults with special needs. EAA is an experiential-based approach to learning that utilizes a variety of activities to teach abstract concepts, including personal boundaries, self-awareness, and cooperation. EAA provides avenues for students to learn appropriate behavior, empathy, and impulse control.
Open to business, civic, school, and youth groups, as a one-time equine experience, STRC's Discovery Days provide a great introduction to the healing power of horses. Discovery Day programming is unmounted and tailored to attending groups. For more information contact us, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t come to us? We can come to you! While we regret we cannot bring real horses, we offer a skill-based community outreach program that includes a variety of horsemanship activities. We bring Paco, our model horse, to schools, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other locations that serve people with disabilities and other challenges. Outreach activities are tailored to the unique needs of each site. For more information contact us, email@example.com.
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