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Equine and Animals

Transformative Equine and Animal Therapy

Our campus is filled with a wide variety of animals. Strolling across our private rural campus nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains, one might see horses grazing in the meadows, goats that insist on being petted, and Ruby Sue, our beloved pot-bellied pig who loves to be cuddled. You may even run into a few chickens, bunnies, or one of our friendly dogs like Gatsby.

Many students find the opportunity to interact with horses and other therapy animals to be the most fun and rewarding component of their time at Asheville Academy. Each of these animals adds something unique and special to the animal therapy program, and are loved by our students.

Why Equine Therapy?

Equine therapy can provide powerful emotional feedback to our students. More than just a friendly face, horses are also very responsive to the posture and emotional state of humans, which can cause students to open up about their troubles by viewing them through the lens of the horse’s response.

If one of our students is having a particularly difficult day, their therapist might suggest they walk to the on-campus farm. Within a few minutes, they’ll find themselves interacting with the horses or one of our other many animals, who will brighten their day and help them to reflect on their emotions.

Why Equine Therapy?

Equine therapy can provide powerful emotional feedback to our students. More than just a friendly face, horses are also very responsive to the posture and emotional state of humans, which can cause students to open up about their troubles by viewing them through the lens of the horse’s response.

If one of our students is having a particularly difficult day, their therapist might suggest they walk to the on-campus farm. Within a few minutes, they’ll find themselves interacting with the horses or one of our other many animals, who will brighten their day and help them to reflect on their emotions.

Equine Therapy Helps:

  • Identify Unhealthy Relationship Patterns
  • Build Trust And Empathy
  • Build Emotional Awareness And Control
  • Improve Communication Skills (Verbal And Non-Verbal)
  • Gain Confidence
  • Practice Healthy Boundaries Within Relationships
  • Improve Self-Respect And Self-Care
  • Foster Responsibility
  • Improve Balance, Coordination, And Physical Awareness

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