Frequently Asked Questions
What is Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy?Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy is a series of specifically designed interactive experiences with horses to promote psychosocial healing and growth. A trained therapist assists with personal exploration of feelings and behaviors and allows for the clinical interpretation of these feelings and behaviors.
Who can benefit from Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy?Almost any individual desiring personal growth who enjoys animals and the outdoors may benefit. No previous horse experience is necessary. Appointments for children over 6 years old, teens and adults are available.
Areas of expertise include:
- Assertiveness & Empowerment
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Confidence and Self-Esteem
- Emotional and Behavioral problems (including Anxiety, Depression and Oppositional Defiant Disorder)
- Grief and Loss
- Learning Disabilities
Who can benefit from Therapeutic Riding? Dream Quest Therapeutic Riding is dedicated to addressing the needs of individuals with cognitive, emotional and behavioral challenges, as well as those individuals with physical disabilities. Almost any such individual desiring personal growth who enjoys animals and the outdoors may benefit. Therapeutic Riding lessons can be adapted to teach riding skills to a wide variety of participants while accommodating their individual needs. No previous horse experience is necessary. Appointments for children over 5 years old, teens and adults are available.
How does E.F.P. differ from Therapeutic Riding? Though E.F.P. and Therapeutic Riding share many of the same benefits, there are some important distinctions between the two. E.F.P. is always facilitated by a licensed/credentialed mental health professional. Though the client will learn equestrian skills, therapy co-facilitated with horses is the primary focus.Therapeutic Riding, however, has a more recreational and educational focus. Though learning riding skills and participating in activities may have therapeutic value for the student, it is not therapy. According to PATH International, an activity is therapeutic if a participant derives benefit, shows improvement or feels better once engaged. An activity can be therapeutic without being considered as therapy.
How do E.F.P. and Therapeutic Riding differ from Hippotherapy? Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational or speech therapy treatment strategy utilizing equine movement. The unique movement of the horse becomes part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional outcomes. Though the equine movement experienced during an E.F.P. session or Therapeutic Riding lesson may have some benefits similar to Hippotherapy, these programs all have different areas of focus. Where Hippotherapy's primary focus is physical, E.F.P. is primarily centered around mental and emotional well-being, and Therapeutic Riding has a recreational focus. Just as E.F.P. must be facilitated by a licensed/credentialed mental health professional, Hippotherapy must be practiced by a credentialed physical, occupational, or speech therapist. As there are currently no appropriately qualified therapists on the Dream Quest staff, Dream Quest does not offer Hippotherapy.
What do I need to do in order to begin sessions with Dream Quest? Make contact with Kay or Jackie via email or phone. We can provide answers to your questions, assess how our programs can best serve you or your child, and set up an appointment to tour our facility. Please note that farm visits are by appointment only. A registration packet must be completed and reviewed prior to riding. This includes a release of liability and signed permission to participate from a physician. You may download and print the registration under the forms header.