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Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Equine-assisted psychotherapy is an intervention in which one or more mental health professionals works with one or more clients and one or more horses to achieve specific psychological goals. 

Equine-assisted psychotherapy is experiential in nature. This means that the clients learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviours, and patterns. The activities may include selecting a horse, grooming and feeding it.  It may not necessarily mean riding the horse.

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