There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.’ Winston Churchill
Equine Assisted Therapy is a therapeutic programme encouraging interaction between horses and people to promote mental well-being.

Why Horses?

Horses are:

  • Hyper-vigilant and can detect human emotions.
  • Non-judgemental and non-confrontational.
  • Sensitive, especially to intent.
  • Able to mirror our behaviour and induce our thoughts and feelings.
  • Empathetic and intelligent.
  • Providers of immediate and honest feedback through non-verbal communication.

Bertie at Willow Tree Farming.

The Role of Our Equine Assisted Therapy Team

The Mental Health Professional – Assessing, planning sessions, evaluation.

The Horse Specialist – Horses’ well-being, health and safety of horse and participants, planning and delivery of session, evaluation.

Psychology Assistant – Planning/ delivery of sessions, Psychological safety of service users, debriefing and evaluation.

The Horse – to be him/herself

Horses are sensitive and able to empathise with human emotions.

Positive Outcomes


  • Self confidence, self esteem, self worth
  • Motivation
  • Overcoming fears
  • Communication and social skills
  • Trust and respect
  • Coping and decision making skills
  • Empowerment and taking responsibility

Horse-riding at Willow Tree Farming.

‘Horses are emotive animals and people are animated by the sight, sound, touch and smell of horses. They are often regarded as positively mood altering….without the unpleasant side effects’ Ruth McMahon 2002