Equine Art Therapy is a unique approach that supports personal exploration through creative practice that has the horse-human connection as its foundation. The Wedgetail Equine Art Therapy Program has effectively facilitated change in many participants.
We also offer Art Therapy Session in our purpose built stable/creative practice rooms.
Benefits to participants can include: resilience, self-belief, issues of power and responsibility, self-direction, care and empathy. The horse provides direct feedback to a person’s behaviour and attitudes, and the opportunity for honest self-reflection without pressure.
The program is supported by a significant body of research that crosses many disciplines including mindfulness, trauma and PTSD, eco-psychology and cognitive behavioural therapy. For many participants the relational nature of the horse experience is a profound benefit that provides a healing outcome and deeper sense of what it is to be human.
A session (allow approximately one hour) is typically one-on-one-on-one – instructor, client and horse. While groundwork is the basis of each session, mounting and riding a horse may also be of therapeutic benefit. The Wedgetail Program is unique in that it can facilitate a range of equine experiences, from agility sessions and arena based ground work through to gentle trail rides on the Wedgetail property.