Other Forms of Practical Therapy

The principles of Equine Facilitated Therapy can be applied to many other pursuits. Art, photography, cookery, smaller animals and sports can all be used instead of horses to achieve similar outcomes and opportunities. You can search through the directory to find organisation who can help you and review the case studies below.

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  • Pets As Therapy

    Based in the UK, Pets As Therapy provides therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, special needs schools and a variety of other venues by volunteers with their own friendly, temperament tested and vaccinated dogs and cats. Pets As Therapy aims to help people overcome feelings of isolation and loneliness by provide opportunities to play and learn from cats and dogs. Using small animals in this way, Pets As Therapy aims to breakdown negative barriers and provide companionship, understanding and affection which a small animal can provide unconditionally. We filmed at the Royal United Hospital in Bath as Pets As Therapy dog Muppet was in action, you can see what happened here.

  • Thrive

    Thrive uses gardening to change the lives of disabled people in England. The organisation activities focus on championing the benefits of gardening to individuals as well as teaching techniques and practical applications so that anyone with a disability can take part and enjoy gardening. Gardening can help individuals accomplish many things, it can help rebuild a person’s strength after an accident or illness, and can provide a purposeful activity for someone coping with a difficult period in their life. We filmed participants at Thrive talking about their experiences; you can see what happened here.

  • Brambles

    Brambles is a working farm with rare breed animals which runs activity workshops with Animal Assisted Therapy and horticultural activities, for people with unique needs, such as: Learning Difficulties, Autism and mental health issues. At the farm there are breeds of smallholding Angora and Pygmy Goats, Kune Kune Pigs and specialist breeds of Poultry, along with smaller pets such as Rabbits and Tortoises. Thereis an air of safe haven, calmness, quiet and beauty, which naturally leads to a feeling of wellbeing and supports a relaxed way of learning.