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What Is Equine-Assisted Therapy?

If you're searching for a unique and transformative approach to mental health and emotional well-being, equine-assisted therapy might be right for you.

Equine-assisted therapy, also known as horse therapy, is a powerful form of therapy that combines the healing power of horses with evidence-based therapeutic techniques.

How Does Equine-Assisted Therapy Work?

Equine-assisted therapy sessions involve a client working toward their therapeutic goals through interactions with both a horse and a therapist. It involves activities (such as grooming, feeding, haltering, and leading a horse) that are supervised by one of our equine-trained psychologists.

Over time, clients are supported in developing a relationship with one or several horses, and it is through guided exploration of this relationship that the therapeutic work occurs. This therapy modality is suitable for those struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and more.

What Are The Benefits Of Equine-Assisted Therapy?

Some clients find that they are able to face their issues faster and with more motivation through equine-assisted therapy than in a traditional office-based therapy setting. The majority of this therapeutic work involves being with the horse on the ground. However, if the client is interested and it seems like it may be beneficial to therapeutic progress, he or she may sit on or ride the horse once a relationship has been formed.

Is Equine-Assisted Therapy Covered By Insurance?

Equine-assisted therapy may be covered by some insurance companies, but coverage can vary depending on the specific insurance policy and provider. We recommend that you contact your insurance company directly to inquire about coverage for equine-assisted therapy.

Equine-assisted therapy is one of the many modalities offered at Balance Psychological Services. If you are interested in starting your own therapy journey or are looking for equine-assisted therapy in Edmonton & area, you can reach out to the Balance team by calling (587) 985-3132 or emailing

About Balance Psychological Services

Balance Psychological Services is a psychological private practice aimed toward healing, growth, and balance. Our mission is to ensure that every person who walks through our doors feels seen and accepted for exactly who they are, no matter the circumstances they are facing. With offices conveniently located in Stony Plain, Edmonton, and Beaumont, we are here and ready to help you find your balance.


Information provided through Balance Psychological Services' blog posts is meant for educational purposes only. This is NOT medical or mental health advice. If you are seeking mental health advice, please contact us directly at (587) 985-3132.


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