Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

Stable-Spirit is a nonprofit organization providing EAP to youth and adults with a special interest in providing mental health services to people experiencing the affects of crime, crisis, trauma, and other issues that may put them at risk. Stable-Spirit also works with families and groups to best support the needs of the clients.

In EAP, an equine professional and licensed therapist, involve horses in experiential activities on the ground in a nonthreatening way–no riding. This technique is highly effective because horses have a keen awareness of body language and will mirror the feelings and intentions of others in their environment.

Horses provide a neutral medium for transference, capture and hold attention, rapidly break down defense barriers, provide immediate, honest, nonjudgmental feedback and magnificently reflect the inherent beauty of life itself.

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No prior knowledge of horses is necessary as neither EAP or EED have anything to do with riding or horsemanship.

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Hippotherapy

Hippotherapy comes from the Greek word "hippos" and translates to treatment using the horse as a medical tool. It is a therapeutic tool used by Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech/Language Pathologists. Treatment is provided in an environment that is child friendly and caters to the individuals’ needs.

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Equine Experiential Development (EED)

Stable-Spirit provides cutting-edge training and development opportunities to companies, groups, individuals, and schools. Leadership, team building, communication skills, problem solving and confidence are just a few qualities that are enhanced in EED. Funds generated from EED provide EAP services to clients needing assistance.

In the EED programs, an equine professional and success coach involve horses in experiential activities on the ground with a focus toward relating interactions with the horses to interactions in the organization, or in life. It is amazing how the horses’ response to clients reveals their strengths and weaknesses, offering a powerful experiential opportunity to determine what is needed to effect positive change.

EED can be compared to a ROPES course, but has the added advantage of using live beings with minds of their own that respond to our thoughts and intentions.

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"It's uncanny how when we invite the forces of nature to participate in the activities, miracles happen that we could never have planned."
– Kimberly Mendoza, Founder