Desert Solace is a residential treatment facility in St. George, Utah, treating men suffering from pornography and sex addiction. We use Equine Therapy, a well-researched tool in the addiction treatment world, with impressive results.
At Desert Solace we board the horses right on our property in
St.George, allowing our clients to take care of the horses as well as learn about themselves through this aspect of their treatment. We have a licensed, experienced equine specialist, Julie Thompson, on staff.
Developing relationships, training, horsemanship instruction, and caring for horses naturally affects the people involved in a positive manner. If you have ever worked with, ridden or been around horses for any length of time, you have probably recognized the power of horses to influence people.
Some of the incredibly life-changing benefits that can be achieved are:
- Learning to connect
- Horses naturally provide these benefits. Horses provide for our emotional needs in a way that we don’t even recognize. It just is. Horses are becoming part of the therapeutic community in a new field called Equine Assisted Therapy and Equine Assisted Learning. It is becoming one of the most popular methods of therapy used which Desert Solace has had astonishing results with.
Learning from Horses
You might ask, “Why horses? Why not other animals?” Horses are large and powerful, and can be intimidating to many people. This creates a natural opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop confidence. Working alongside a horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides wonderful insight when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.
Humans and horses are social animals. We both have defined roles within our “herds.” We both would rather be with our peers. We all have distinct personalities, attitudes and moods; an approach that works with one horse (or person) won’t necessarily work with another. At times, we seem stubborn and defiant. We both like to have fun. In other words, horses provide vast opportunities for metaphorical learning, an effective technique when working with even the most challenging individuals or groups.
Horses require us to work, whether in caring for them or working with them. In an era when immediate gratification and the “easy way” are the norm, horses require people to be engaged in physical and mental work to be successful, a valuable lesson in all aspects of life.
Most importantly, horses mirror human body language. Many complain, “This horse is stubborn. That horse doesn’t like me,” etc. The lesson is that if we change ourselves, the horses respond to us differently. Horses are as honest as the day is long! This makes them especially powerful teachers.
Equine Therapy at Desert Solace