Unicorn Assisted Therapy
Or why we work with HORSES in EAP…
*Trigger warning – to be read with personal and professional self-distance*
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My aim is not to offend anyone. I am by exaggerating and also by joking a bit trying to raise the awareness of how we objectify and instrumentalize horses in EAP, by putting labels on them, by telling what they can and can't do, by interpreting their "messages" to us humans, by thinking that what we want and appreciate is what they want and appreciate, etc. For me, this is a great danger in our field. For both horses and clients. If the field becomes about how we see horses, about what we believe a horse is and can contribute with, based on intuition, wishes, lacking knowledge and lacking self-awareness, we are going to mess up.
By labeling the horse as a healer (therapist, shaman, teacher…) we take away from both the horse, the client and the provider(s). We are unnecessarily complicating it, the therapist is a therapist, the horse is a horse, the client a client, and the (preferably present) equine professional is an equine professional. If all work together, as a team, the client will be empowered, find his/her own solutions, his/her own way of doing things, find out who he/she is, wants in life etc, etc…
We are also adding things that are not there, to the horse and to the horse-human relationship. Both taking away what is there, and adding what is not there, will add to the confusion about what EAP is.
EAP is a psychological treatment modality, a tool for therapists, to use to help clients (the horse is not a tool, but EAP is).
I do not have all the answers to why working with horses in EAP is so effectual. That is why I am doing research on it, that is why I keep on reading, keep on educating myself, keep on asking questions, keep on looking for new angles, new perspectives, keep on evaluating and trying practices and theories out. This has turned me into an equine-human interaction nerd, within the field of EAP. To understand the interaction, I early on figured out that we need more knowledge, more research on horses. Because how can we say something about why the client benefits from EAP, what role the horse plays in EAP, if we do not know who the horse is? And by that, I refer to the horse as a horse, but also the horse as A horse, a specific horse, an individual, a subject, an agent.
I am briefly going to share some of my thoughts on why we work with horses, what theories and hypotheses I use and why I think we need to look at this to be able to formulate what ethical work means in this field.
I am repeating myself from former posts and articles, but as I see it, we foremost need:
- More knowledge about horses – knowledge about them as biological, cognitive, emotional and social beings.
- More knowledge about horse-human interaction (what is it with this particular cross-species interaction that is helpful to clients)
- A will to formulate ethics, practice, research questions, theoretical frameworks, more common language/terminology – focusing on what is, and not on what we wish for (wished for outcomes), with the client and the horse in the center.