Horses helping Arkansas students overcome therapy hurdles
HIGHLAND, Ark. – A new therapy is referred to as equine therapy. It can help students express themselves more than in traditional therapy.
One Arkansas school district is giving it a try.
A session starts when a student steps into the gate with a therapist. The student can lead an animal, or pet an animal, among other things.
The therapist watches the student and their actions and then discusses some things with them later.
As one social worker explained, if a child is feeling an emotion such as anger, or anxiety, that is reflected in the animal’s behavior that they are interacting with.