Through the Eyes of a Horse

Equine Assisted Mental Health

Through the Eyes of a Horse

Bridgewater Support Services, LLC  is located in Southeast Michigan, Washtenaw County, and provides a unique opportunity by combining mental health services for adults, children and youth and experiential work with horses.  This process has many names including; equine assisted therapy, equine assisted coaching, equine assisted counselling, equine assisted mental health, equine assisted growth and learning, equine assisted psychotherapy, equine assisted learning, to name a few.  

Working with horses allows the client to seek mental health services in a non judgmental environment.  So, “Why work with horses?”  Bridgewater Support Services partners with horses due to their natural ability to be highly sensitive to emotions in their perception of those emotions and how they respond to those emotions.  Horses depend on this ability for their survival.

As intuitive beings, horses have the ability to sense and reflect our feelings and emotions, even when we might not be aware of them ourselves. In the therapeutic process, horses then become a mirror to reflect these innermost feelings and help clients discover solutions to their own issues or problems in a solution focused manner, meaning we believe the client has the best answers to their own issues, they just may need guidance and facilitation to find those answers.

Like Humans, horses are social in nature.  They also mostly communicate non verbally.  Horses have personalities, good days and bad, and within their herd, there is a power dynamic that make their interactions similar to our human interactions. Horses are honest and non judgmental.

The environment in which equine assisted work takes place is outdoor, in nature, which can be a helpful tool for clients who are uninterested in traditional forms of therapy that take place in an office setting.

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