Forward Assist are working in partnership with Sunderland University to deliver a research programme to assess the benefits of Equine Therapy for both male and female veterans.
There are a wide range of positive benefits of Equine Therapy. Previous studies have shown that working with horses can lead to
- decreased blood pressure,
- lower stress levels,
- reduced feelings of tension, anxiety and anger.
- increased self-esteem, empowerment, patience and trust.
The six week programme aims to measure improvements in emotional well-being and confidence, and includes 4 sessions where the participants learn the fundamentals of caring for and interacting with the horses. Activities include:
- putting a head collar on the horse
- picking up the horses’ feet
- eading the horses using reins
Emotional and well-being assessments at the start and end of the programme measures the progress each participant has made.
To date, 2 cohorts of Veterans, both male and female have completed the programme. The results from each cohort have displayed very similar results with increased confidence and reduced tension.
One veteran said:
‘Had an amazing day at equine therapy, everyone did amazing feel on top of the world, confidence is booming. I never thought I would say this but horses are amazing.’