Horses aid in therapy, promote trust and empathy

Equine therapy has been found to be effective in treating people with a wide spectrum of physical, behavioral, social, cognitive and psychological problems.


Building a relationship with an animal has been found to promote empathy; affection; trust; loyalty; the ability to be in control of a situation; increased self-esteem; improved learning, concentration; ability to take responsibility; motivation to set and achieve goals; and teamwork and problem solving, according to The Federation of Riding for the Disabled International .