While there are a number of ways to describe equine therapy to those not familiar with horses, sometimes there is nothing better than a personal interview. For this blog, I interviewed Pam Salem, an equine expert and co-facilitator of the equine therapy experiential program at English Mountain Recovery. Pam is also the founder of Equine Assisted Assets, which is dedicated to the growth and advancement of equine therapy.
1. What drew you to equine therapy?
As a horse lover from an early age, I knew the benefits that horses had given to my life. I wanted to share those benefits with others.
2. What are the major benefits to the client of equine therapy?
One primary benefit is authentic connection. Clients learn the difference in relating to the horse as a willing partner and how that connection feels. Kinesthetically it is something they are able to take with them into future relationships. The non-judgmental equine partner provides a safe emotional environment for recognizing one’s patterns of behavior and learning coping skills.