During these sessions [our son] has had an opportunity to develop his confidence and his ability to stay calm under challenging conditions. He now knows he can draw on these experiences again and again.
— LL

Do you know a young person who is struggling?

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is especially suited for youth, in that it's not an office-based intervention. EAP is engaging, interesting and, in the words of one of our past clients, "It doesn't feel like therapy!" 

EAP also does not require youth to be verbal about their thoughts and feelings; instead it allows them the opportunity to try out new behaviors and get feedback from an unbiased source: the horse.

At Horse Sense of the Carolinas, we frequently work with children and teenagers who are struggling, and can assist youth and their families in dealing with a variety of childhood behavioral problems.

Contact us to set up your first session.

No horse experience necessary.

Issues of concern:

Being at Horse Sense taught [our daughter] about consequences, and being more open and honest.
— CM
  • Impulsivity
  • Poor decision making
  • Difficulty handling frustration
  • Argumentative behavior
  • Difficulty accepting responsibility

Adjudicated & Court Involved Youth

When behavioral problems experienced by youth are serious enough that a child becomes involved in the legal system, help is needed. Horse Sense of the Carolinas has worked closely with local Departments of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (DJJDP) to provide counseling services for youth and their families. Scholarships for therapy for these youth are often available! 

Contact us to set up your first session.

It’s not a playground or a park. It’s not horse sightseeing, and it’s not some phony program that you don’t get anything out of. If you take it seriously, they will take you seriously.
— T, age 15

No horse experience necessary.

Issues of Concern

  • Problems with authority
  • Anger management & Aggressive behavior
  • Destruction of property
  • Difficulty following rules/law
The changes we witnessed in young men who participated are powerful testament to the program’s worth. Participants learned different ways of coping with challenges and ineffective patterns of behavior, resisting negative activity and creating success for themselves. The positive influence rippled through the facility for months.
— June Fowler, Facility Director, Swannanoa Valley Youth Development Center