Programs for Simply Equine

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Equine Assisted Therapy (EAP) is our core program. EAP is a short term, collaborative effort between a Therapist and an Equine Specialist. The goal of EAP is to generate positive engagement with the clients utilizing animal based treatment modality.

We will present therapy sessions and activities for an individual client, family or group. Each exercise contains numerous meaningful metaphors and analogies useful in therapeutic analysis. The use of the horse in this manner has proven to be extremely effective in working with at-risk youth and families. Success is also seen with difficult or hard-to-reach clients or groups. EAP can be used in corporate training sessions for improved teamwork. EAP is an innovative career field; it incorporates body language, motivation, work ethic, understanding basic needs and many other skills, all relating to human relationships. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a valid, powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families and groups with a variety mental health and human development needs

After School Tutor & Trot to Success Program

This program will be open to everyone that can benefit from it. Our vision is to provide a place for people needing help at any school to come and get tutored in the subjects of Math, Reading and Basic Computer Operation. We hope to provide a work station complete with qualified tutors, computers, school supplies & an after school snack. When the grades improve or tutor thinks the child is trying then the student gets rewarded by working with the horses. The students will learn how to care for and control a 1,000 lb. animal in the Trot portion of the program

Mount Up

This program is a very unique one. This is a horsemanship program with a twist.

There are levels in this program and to advance to the next level you have to complete every aspect of the level you are on and only an instructor can promote you. This is a family oriented program. Simply Equine works with the family to set goals and address problems that might be going on and find a way to work together to solve them through the “Equine Way”

There will be different tasks to complete in each of the 5 levels, some have to do with horses some do not. The levels will consist of set rules and goals and the participant and family and or teachers (aka Key People) can help set the rest of goals and rules for each level depending on what areas need work. The participant’s team is assembled. The Team is all the people that will serve as a support group for the participant. This includes family members, friends, teachers, coaches, and SEAT staff and other key people. This is a program that is designed to take a long period of time. Members can participate up to twice a week but no more. Sessions are about an hour and a half. Some sessions will be private and some will be group oriented. By the end of the program all goals should have been accomplished. The participant is the one who decides how long the program last by their own progress. Must have fifty hours in the arena to graduate program with certification (practice hours can be allotted by instructor and do count towards graduation of program)

Level 1 (no riding)

Knowledge of horse safety

Knowledge of all horse body parts

Knowledge of grooming tools and how to groom

Knowledge of western tack and attire

Five hours of relations with the elderly and it has to be someone you don’t know

Participant has to commit at least two acts of random kindest

Barn safety

Level 2

Complete emergency dismount properly

Maintain balance bareback

Tack a horse completely and correctly using all tack apparatuses

Learn proper care of a horse

Knowledgeable on horse diseases

Participant must learn all phases of barn care

Complete an essay on what you learned so far

Participate in a community function i.e.; walk-a-thon

Level 3

Master horsemanship

Respect of the horse

Understanding the power of the horse

Understanding the language of the horse

Knowledge of need to know people in the industry

Must exhibit a hidden talent to your instructor

Have an afternoon conversation with someone of a different ethnic background and write an essay on what you found out about that person.

Must attend progress meeting with family and instructor

Level 4

Barrel racing

Intro to different concepts of riding styles

Submit written report on favorite breed of horse

Learn to trailer a horse

Participate in fund raiser i.e. medical or children/elderly

Participant must exhibit 3 acts of random kindness

Level 5

English riding

Write an article for the “Equine Express Newsletter”

Speech presentation to the Staff (instructor will pick topic)

Riding presentation to Instructor and Staff

Assist instructor in riding class

Attend meeting with family and instructor

Learn the concept of barn management

Take a written and verbal test on everything learned in Mount Up.

Attend Graduation with all team members

Horse Hook-Up

Horse Hook up program was created for people who are not sure if they want a horse of their own, they don’t have a place for a horse or maybe finances won’t allow it. For a set fee SEAT will designate a horse to the client for them to use and call their own. The client can choose to do 30, 60 or 90 day ‘hook-up’. The Equine Director will team up the client with the horse, meaning ED chooses the horse. SEAT will set up a program that works best for the horse and client. Client can be as much or less involved with the life of the horse as they choose.

We at Simply Equine believe that people needing to develop adequate life skills can benefit remarkably from equine assisted activities. Utilizing solid EAP research and technique in our program, we are committed to being an effective alternative therapy in helping people achieve their highest level of function. Our programs are designed to be inclusive; no one shall be denied services on the basis of sex, creed, color, national origin, age, handicap or communicable disease.

  • Growth and Discovery
    Using horses in a therapeutic setting can create a positive role play that mirrors life’s real challenges, allowing participants to look at who they are and how they react to situations. Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT) can benefit anyone – young, old, families, groups, even corporations. EAT can address a variety of issues, which include attention deficit, anger management, abuse issues, relationship and communication problems, substance abuse, eating disorders, conflict resolution, and depression.
  • Mount-Up
    This is a horsemanship program with a twist; a family oriented program. Simply Equine works with the family to set goals and address problems that might be going on and find a way to work together to solve them through the “Equine Way”.
    There will be different task to complete in each of five levels, some have to do with horses, and some do not. The levels will consist of set rules and goals and the member, family and or teachers (aka Key People) can help set the rest of goals, and rules for each level depending on what areas need work.
  • After School Tutor & Trot
    We offer a place for students to get the help they need in Math and English, with the added bonus of learning about horses (and themselves) after each tutoring session is complete.
  • Summer Camps
    Through games and fun exercises with the horses – this camp is designed to teach self esteem, confidence, peer values, responsibility and team building skills. We also incorporate peer mentoring into our program, address issues that are going on in your child’s school and ideas on how to deal with such issues. Along with horsemanship comes many disciplines that are not directly connected to horsemanship but a result of it. Horses can teach people many different skills they can use in their day to day living that can improve the quality of life.
  • Psychotherapy
    Lead by a professional horseman and a licensed therapist, the focus of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is to involve the client or group in activities that use certain skills, such as creative thinking, nonverbal communication, and teamwork. As an outpatient therapy, 90 percent of the exercises are conducted on the ground and don’t require prior horsemanship skills. In fact, the goal is not to teach horsemanship, but to teach the client about him or herself. Using horses in a therapeutic setting can create a positive role play that mirrors life’s real challenges, allowing participants to look at who they are and how they react to situations.

Victims of Domestic Violence

This EAP program is designed to help abused victims get to the place they need to be by teaming them up with abused horses. Through this work with abused horses and a Therapist they will achieve the knowledge and skills they need to live a much more empowered life. This program is run with the help of a Counselor and Equine Specialist.