Welcome to Equus Solutions!
We are a Community Interest Company delivering Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) and Equine Assisted Growth & Learning (EAL); treatment models where interactive experiences with horses are used to foster emotional, social and psychological growth.
We are the only company delivering this unique and innovative treatment in Cornwall. We are situated just outside the village of St Hilary, only a short distance from Penzance and Marazion with its stunning views of St Michael’s Mount and Mounts Bay on the beautiful South West coast.
Our services include:
• Individual, group or family sessions.
• Bespoke team building programmes for companies.
• Programmes for Autistic or LD clients.
Our Equus programme is a model approved by the Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association (EAGALA), the professional body in this treatment field. As such sessions are facilitated by a Treatment Team (TT) comprising a therapist (a fully qualified and experienced mental health professional with further specialist training in equine assisted work), a horse professional and, of course, the horses.
• Safety of all (clients, TT & horses)
• Respect for all
• Non judgement
• Emphasis on personal growth and learning attained through cooperation and negotiation with others and self responsibility
We believe by building relationships with horses (especially in their natural environment) a person can come to know them self better. By understanding how their behaviour affects their horse, they can begin to see how this behaviour affects others. Through exploring new ways to interact with the horse, clients can begin to learn new constructive ways of interacting with the people in their life outside of the arena. During this process a person will also have the opportunity to develop improved communication with others and learn to manage the expression of their feelings with greater clarity.
Our aim is to provide a safe (physical and emotional) environment in which to:
• Support efforts towards change
• Improve interpersonal skills
• Build self worth and empowerment
• Gain communication and coping skills through experiences
As a social enterprise we are committed to reinvesting profits back into our programme to sustain and further our mission to provide clients with experiential opportunities to practice healthy life skills in a physically and emotionally safe environment.
To date we have been delighted to secure substantial support from The Big Lottery which has allowed us to run successful projects with a variety of referring agencies/partners. Although we a very happy to take self referrals, the majority of our work is with clients from referring agencies; we are currently working with clients in recovery (addictions), with those experiencing mental health difficulties, those with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, combat related trauma, and with young people.
We also run Awareness Days for professionals and agencies interested in finding out more about our work and how this treatment model would benefit their clients.