Conditions That May Influence Program Strategies or Their Effectiveness

The following description/explanation is provided as a guideline to help readers and potential clients gain a better understanding of what is entailed in the successful delivery of our programs.

No single treatment strategy is appropriate for everyone.  Many clients have complex difficulties and multiple needs.  Effective treatment programs typically incorporate many components, each directed to a particular aspect of the impairment or issue.   Such components may be counselling, other behavioural therapies, nutrition, or medications – Equine  Assisted Healing is only one of those components and there are several ways in which a horse can be used in fostering good equine-human relations.  One way might include horseback riding, another might be in the grooming and care of a horse, while still another might be in the courage it takes to approach a horse and of course all the various levels of each of those interactions. 

For the well-being of the client the facilitators or leaders of our Equine Assisted Healing programs would like to be involved in the treatment plan, be made fully aware of potential difficulties, know the clients medical/emotional history, and be included in the assessment of the treatment as it progresses.  Also the ability to modify a treatment session to suit a particular set of circumstances that may arise must be a viable option for our facilitators.  There must be coordination of all aspects of the client’s treatment to achieve the best results. 

Continuity and perseverance in the delivery of an Equine Assisted Healing Program are critical.  Premature expectations or decisions that accelerate, postpone, or cancel sessions too early in a healing program can compromise the effectiveness of Equine Assisted Healing.  Therefore careful assessment must be a collaborative effort, taking into consideration all aspects of a client’s treatment program.

  The program and strategy may have some flexibility but there are strict rules and guidelines that must be followed to ensure safety and encourage participation.  For example interactions with the animal(s) are controlled.  Besides safety certain rules may exist for reasons pertaining to the treatment strategy.  Rules and guidelines for children may differ than rules for adults.  We will explain the rules at the time of program delivery. For insurance purposes certain of these rules are non-negotiable.



Many factors can influence an outcome: the strategies or tools employed for the sessions, the specific needs of the clients, the tools utilized to measure success, the amount of time that has elapsed from the start of the clients painful journey, and uncontrollable outside interferences or influences not connected to our Equine Assisted Healing Programs. However, despite such intrusions into a healing program, with continuity and diligence in program delivery there is potential for remarkable advancement in the overall well-being of the client, as well as in the targeted areas of concern.

Because Equine Assisted Healing is only one component of a treatment strategy it should not be the sole indicator of treatment success.  The evaluation of success should encompass all aspects of the clients care and fair assessment should include the facilitators of Equine Assisted Healing being involved in the evaluation process.

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