Heart Horses is a unique therapy program for youth, adults, families, and groups that incorporates horses for growth, learning, and healing utilizing the PATH therapeutic riding model and the EAGALA Equine Assisted Therapy model. We offer unforgettable interactive experiences with our horses at the picturesque Sunset Ranch on the North Shore of Oahu. Our programs for therapeutic riding, psychotherapy, learning, team building, and life coaching are experiential, meaning that our clients will engage in activities with the horses and experience a positive change that will last.
Heart Horses envisions helping people live happier and healthier lives by providing an alternative, effective, and innovative approach to healing.
Our treatment philosophy resonates with the EAGALA model of Equine Assisted Therapy and the PATH model of Therapeutic Riding. We believe that our clients hold the best solutions for themselves.
The PATH model of Therapeutic Riding (www.pathintl.org) is facilitated by a certified PATH Riding Instructor and incorporates mounted activities that promote flexibility, strength, coordination, balance, communication, cooperation, leadership, awareness, and so much more.
In the EAGALA model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) each therapeutic session is facilitated by an Equine Specialist and a Mental Health Specialist. Working with the horses as a team we provide the opportunities to interact with the horses and then process these interactions with the client focusing on real solutions that are applicable to each individual.
Why does this work?
- Horses are sensitive animals being acutely aware of human emotions and intent. Emotions can surface much quicker in a session with horses than in an office setting.
- Working with horses is interactive and engaging. By experiencing the activities with the horses and working towards solutions, the process becomes meaningful and personalized.
- A powerful experience with horses can break down barriers and overcome stigmas associated with therapy.
- More action, less talk! The focus is not on hearing our clients say that they’ve improved or changed. Our focus is on seeing a change in our clients as they are able to practice new behaviors and manage their emotions when interacting with the horses.
Let our horses help you!
Our Equine Assisted Therapy and Therapeutic Riding programs may be just what you’ve been looking for. The sessions are engaging, fun, interactive, and different from any other therapeutic approach on the island.
To schedule your first appointment contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-388-4974.