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Equine Assisted Therapy

Research has found that animal assisted interventions have been helpful in reducing mood symptoms, increasing self-esteem, developing self-awareness, mindfulness, and boundaries.

Aviv Life described Equine Assisted Therapy beautifully when prompted, "why horses?"

Large and powerful

It's hard to ignore a horse with their size and presence. We can't just control a powerful horse. Approaching horses helps us reflect how we approach our relationships and how we can face other big or overwhelming things in our lives.

Intelligent prey animals

To evade predators, horses have evolved to be extremely sensitive to their environment. They instinctively analyze and react to our body language and other nonverbal cues providing us with valuable feedback and insights for other areas of our lives.


Herd animals with distinct personalities

Horses are social animals with defined roles within a herd. They have distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods. They could be stubborn or they could be playful. In other words, horses are a lot like us.



Who provides EA therapy?

At this time, clinical director, Lillyana Morales is the only clinician who provides Equine Assisted Therapy. She has been trained through Natural Lifemanship.


How long have you been working with horses?

Lillyana has been around horses for over 2 decades. Whether it was riding, volunteering, teaching, or any number of activities that could include a horse. Horses have been a huge part of her life and  healing journey.



Do I have to ride a horse?

Nope. While some people find horseback riding itself therapeutic, you do not have to ride a horse to experience the psychological and therapeutic benefits associated with equine assisted therapy.


Where are the horses located?

Pleasant Valley, CT

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