A therapeutic bond with a horse can help grow “mutual trust, respect, affection, empathy, unconditional acceptance, confidence, personal success, responsibility, assertiveness, communication skills and self-control” according to an article in the International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology.
Equine-assisted therapy is a therapeutic intervention that incorporates horses into a treatment plan. It can be used to enhance and complement the benefits of traditional therapy. Outcomes may include improved emotional well-being in those with autism or ADD, PTSD or mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. People receiving occupational therapy, physical therapy or speech therapy may also benefit.