Mental & Behavioral Health Therapy
Support, understanding, empathy, education, hope, and healing can all be found at Courage Reins. Kaylee Smith, our mental and behavioral health therapist, is a licensed associate clinical mental health counselor (ACMHC).
There’s a special bond between horses and humans — a relationship and understanding that has to be experienced to be fully understood. It’s this unique, gentle connection that makes horsemanship a leading form of animal-enhanced therapeutic healing.
Leave your problems at the gate and experience the calming effect of connecting with a horse. We have highly trained equine instructors that partner with our experienced, loving horses to help clients set and meet personal goals aimed at improving life quality.
Proven benefits of natural horsemanship include strengthened leadership skills, improved self awareness, improved interpersonal abilities/connection, gained confidence, and the ability to thrive and collaborate in a team environment.
Horseback riding for those with disabilities is recognized as one of the more progressive forms of therapy. The ability to control a horse as well as one’s own body inspires self-confidence, responsibility, and teamwork. Best of all, it’s fun! The rider/horse relationship is ever evolving, continually presenting new opportunities for growth.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
The Eagala model for equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is a distinctive client-directed and solution-oriented framework designed to allow clients the latitude to discover, learn, and grow from the horse-human relationship. It is ground based with no riding involved and does not require clients to have any previous experience with horses.
Using this model, the treatment team creates an emotionally and physically safe environment where the horses and clients are free to interact. It requires nothing of the horse except to be a horse, and nothing of the client, except to be present to their experience of the horses as they relate to their specific and unique challenges.