Walking with horses is an RDAWA program that offers individuals with mental health issues access to the therapeutic benefits of spending time with horses.
Something transformative happens when you spend time with a horse, the walking with horses program uses interaction with horses to offer participants a new way to connect with themselves, process their emotions and explore behaviours and relationship patterns that have become problematic intheir day-to-day lives.
Horses are majestic, gental creatures and as participants bond with them they learn valuable lessons about respect, empathy and communication that assist them in their journey to recovery.
Participants interact with horses with the help of specially trained volunteers. Through practices like bathing, grooming and caring for the horse, participants can explore their own feelings, behaviours and interactions with others.
Benefits of the walking with horses program include:
- Increased sense of responsibility and self-confidence
- Better communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills
- Better ability to express feelings, needs, hopes and desires
- Increased connection to self and others
- Better understanding of teamwork and community
- Increased trust and respect in relationships