Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:09

Horse Therapy Offered at City Farm

SARATOGA SPRINGS — ECS Psychological Services is offering its first-ever Wellness Saturday at the Farm, which celebrates various forms of holistic wellness modalities and promotes self-care among individuals in the community.

An equine-assisted psychotherapy demonstration will be provided. Participants can either watch or join in on a fun activity with the horses to learn more about this unique treatment approach offered by ECS. The event will be held on Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 683 Lake Avenue.

Equine-assisted psychotherapy is an experiential treatment in which people get to enjoy interacting with horses in an assortment of ways.

A horse professional and a licensed therapist work together with ECS clients and retired racehorses to create a meaningful experience that can be utilized to treat a multitude of life difficulties and mental health challenges. These may include issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, communication issues, substance abuse, eating disorders, family conflict and relationship difficulties, among countless other concerns.

When clients interact with the horses, they have many opportunities to gain insight and self-awareness as they reflect on the experience. How people interact with horses and create meaning from these experiences is often relational to how they experience other aspects of their lives.

The horses can be clear mirrors in which people see themselves. Horses are also completely non-judgmental. They offer an opportunity for a trusting, healthy relationship that can carry over to other relationships in one’s life, whether it is with other people, food, substances or a to-do list.

The benefits from equine-assisted psychotherapy are wide-ranging and continually being discovered. ECS is proud to offer this unique and successful approach to treatment as well as the ability to provide retired racehorses with a second career.

A yoga class and guided meditation will be held on the lawn by the farm paddocks, so participants can bring a yoga mat or blanket to participate in these relaxing experiences.

Healthy food and drink options, as well as healthy lifestyle tips from an integrative and functional nutritionist, will be provided. Participants will have an opportunity to try samples and win prizes from local businesses.

For more information, visit the website

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