Hana Creek Acres, west of Big Horn, played host for three demonstrations over the weekend to introduce folks to the benefits of equine-assisted psychotherapy.
Participants learn about themselves and others by working in activities with horses and then processing their feelings.
Renee Siahpush operates the “Heart Before the Horse” program and explains equine-assisted therapy.
The horses act as mirrors, reflecting back what a person is feeling. Large, powerful and intimidating, accomplishing a task with a horse creates confidence.
Equine-assisted psychotherapy isn't about riding or horsemanship; it involves activities with horses which requires participants to develop non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, leadership, responsibility, and confidence.
For more information call Siahpush at 674-9202.