Equine assisted therapy sessions take place outside with horses in all types of weather.
Rain and snow does not usually interrupt scheduled appointments but checking in on the day of an appointment to confirm is common, especially when the forecast predicts heavy rain, high winds or below freezing temperatures.
When it is under 25 degrees it is necessary to reschedule as horses and humans have difficulty paying attention when it is that cold.
Clothing & Footwear
You will get horse fur on your clothing and you will leave smelling like a horse.
It is best to stick with casual clothing that can be washed easily.
Proper footwear is essential! Closed toes shoes only. No sandals or flip flops are allowed in the paddock.
In any season, if you value your manicure or get cold easily, gloves may be your best friend.
To get the most out of your experience dressing appropriately for the season and weather is key! New England weather can change quickly so dressing in layers is often helpful.
During colder months, warm coats, waterproof shells, hats, gloves and even snow pants are encouraged.
What You Can Expect
In session, you can expect to get close, touch, observe and sometimes move the horses.
You may be sitting, standing or on the ground while in close proximity to the horses.
You may be engaged in experiential activities.
All experiences are supervised by me and or an equine specialist to ensure safety for all humans and horses.
The health and welfare of both the horse and the human is essential. Honest and regulated interactions are created together as a partnership.