What do we do when things don’t go as planned in integrating a new horse into an equine therapy program? This real life case study explores some challenging situations relevant for anyone in the equine therapy field and discovers some unexpected silver linings.
Keeping an equine therapy practice running year round can be quite an endeavor when you live in Canada, but it is possible. Learn what you need to think about to keep your animals – and your practice – healthy during cold weather.
A common area of confusion for certification requirements is what hours are needed and where various hours of experience and training are recognised. This article aims to clarify some key questions in this area.
Do you have questions about equine or animal assisted therapy? Wondering if it is the career for you? Not sure where to start, who to train with, or how to get certified? We have the answers to these and many other frequently asked questions within this series!
Our first post in this series explains what we mean by equine and animal assisted therapy and some of the many other terms and acronyms used in these fields. We also provide links to some helpful organisations and professional bodies.
The Quick Answer Only if you plan to offer counselling services! If you plan to work in Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL), or as an Equine Professional (EP) who partners with a Mental Health Professional (MHP), there is no requirement to be a counsellor or MHP. If you...
Let’s face it, horses and all that come with them are expensive! So do you have to have everything in place to get started in this work? Absolutely not! This article explains the pros and cons of different ways of working in the Equine Therapy field (and barn).
This is quite possibly the most important question for all involved in the equine and animal assisted therapy fields. How we view our animal partners and their role in this work impacts how we treat and work with them, with significant consequences for the well being and safety of ALL involved, and for the potential benefits of this work.
The Quick AnswerThere are many certification options in the Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW) fields, meaning this can be an overwhelming and confusing topic at first. For reasons I discuss in more depth below, the...
An overview of the current cost and time commitments of training and certifying under the EFW Canada model, as well as some examples from non EFW Canada options in North America.
To ride or not to ride? The answer to this question will depend upon your training, equine credentials, client base, facility and horses. As always there are options, flexibility and lots of different things to consider!
Our training workshops at Healing Hooves are all in Equine AND ANIMAL assisted therapy. This article explores working with non equines and the considerations this raises.