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services performed by professional and licensed OT, PT, and Speech Pathologists trained in the Hippotherapy strategy
community centered - outcome focused - for individuals with special needs and behavioral challenges 
occupational, speech & physical therapy
Hippotherapy is NOT a horseback riding lesson. It is not considered to be a form of therapeutic or adaptive horseback riding. It is a therapy treatment strategy.  In fact the patient likely will not be sitting on a saddle, and will not be holding onto the horses reins.  The patient is working on therapy goals and objectives selected by a licensed occupational, physical or speech therapist.

Approximately 3,000 facilitatory steps of movement are produced in a 20 minute session using Hippotherapy. The horse’s walk provides sensory input through movement, which is variable, rhythmic, and repetitive. The sensory benefits of equine movement can last for hours or days following as little as 20 minutes of Hippotherapy.
services performed by professional and licensed mental health providers who are EAGALA certified
geared toward individuals with mental health or emotional challenges and groups with personal therapeutic needs 
equine-assisted psychotherapy & equine-assisted learning
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EAP (psychotherapy) using horses 
(unmounted)

For starters Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is not horsemanship. The focus is not on riding, but on psychology. A licensed clinical professional is needed in order to consider the activities EAP.

EAP uses horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is an effort made by the therapist and horse riding professionals to work with clients in treatment disorders. EAP can be compared in nature to ropes courses taught by some therapists because the students learn feelings, behaviors, teamwork, and patterns when participating in EAP. EAP has the added bonus of using living animals that are both beautiful and powerful which leads to an emotional connection between the horse and individuals involved in therapy with it. EAP often develops the following characteristics within teens

Leadership development
Team-building
Communication
Problem solving
Organizational change
Decision making
EAL (learning) using horses

EAL is similar to EAP, in that is involves using horses. EAL and EAP are often interchanged, but EAL deals more with the horsemanship aspect of equine therapy. EAL is the process, while EAP is the actual program.

EAL and EAP are often used for individuals who are experiencing the following:

Personal issues
Focus problems and Attention Deficit Disorder
Social anxiety or shyness
Anxiety
Trauma
Anger and acting out
Grief and loss
Poor self-esteem
Substance abuse recovery
Communication
Interpersonal relationships
Stress
Burnout


STAT serves people with disabilities and mental health challenges by providing unique and beneficial programs and activities. Our innovative programs are designed to enhance a person's abilities, invite learning, 
and improve overall wellness and quality of life