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.
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.
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.