Equine Therapy
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Equine Therapy

Asheville Academy’s Unique Equine Therapy Program

The horses residing on our campus are members of the Asheville Academy family and clinical team. Meet the Horses on our campus here >>.  

The herd is centrally located on campus and visible to our students throughout the day. 

In our view, Asheville Academy offers one of the most comprehensive and integrated equine and animal therapy approaches of any residential treatment centers for teens or pre-teens.  Animals are an incredibly powerful motivator and offer therapeutic benefits for the needs of our students, whether these needs are emotional, cognitive, sensory, or physical.

Participating in the Asheville Academy Equine program builds motivation, responsibility, personal growth, self-reflection, and a sense of nurturing and caring for others.

Equine therapy

More Therapy Animals on Campus

In addition to equine therapy, our other resident animals including bunnies, cats, chickens, goats, and a pot belly pig. Our resident animals serve as great therapeutic opportunities for our students through animal assisted therapy. 

For many students, their experience with the horses and other animals can be some of the most fun and rewarding times at Asheville Academy. 

For additional information about Asheville Academy’s equine therapy program, please view the following links:

How does equine therapy work at Asheville Academy?

Benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy

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Natural Lifemanship Model

Our equine therapy program is based around the Natural Lifemanship Model, which uses horse physiology and psychology to help regulate and heal human physiology and psychology.  

At Asheville Academy, we use several forms of equine therapy, these include :

  • Relationship Logic: An unmounted equine activity that explores relationship dynamics that are built on honesty, trust, respect, and an understanding that relationships are reciprocal and need to meet the needs of both parties to be healthy and move toward greater intimacy.
  • Rhythmic Riding: A mounted activity that uses rhythmic repetitive movement and at times music to assist in emotional regulation and a rebalancing of the nervous system. Residents that participate in this service will be selected by the treatment team on a case by case basis dependent on specific need.  

Asheville Academy’s Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program

Therapeutic Horseback Riding: Asheville Academy is the only therapeutic program in the country for young girls ages 10-14 that utilizes therapeutic horseback riding for the benefit of some of our students.  Carried out by a PATH International certified therapeutic riding instructor and PATH International certified equine specialist, therapeutic horseback riding may combine mounted and unmounted segments within a lesson plan that focuses on cognitive, sensory and physical stimulation.