Equine assistance is a customer-oriented activity in a stable environment that supports physical, psychological and social well-being, being together with a horse under individual guidance or in a small group. The service takes into account the customer's needs, skill level, wishes and goals on an individual basis. Activities are planned together interactively with the customer, sub-goals and longer-term goals are set for the activity. Horse-assisted services are goal-orientated, but the emphasis is on experience rather than execution.
    Goals can be related to increasing mental well-being, stress management, social situations and making them easier, managing everyday life, achieving balance and peace of mind in life. The goal can also be to stop for a moment and calm down, without actually doing anything. Just being together with the horse, as you feel at that moment, or even just looking at the beautiful big animal from afar or up close. To sense, feel and experience the closeness of the horse and to have a genuine interaction with both the horse and the handler. To be in the moment. Goals can also be functional, related to your own physical well-being and maintaining movement. The goal can also be learning new skills and getting to know horses.
    The equine-assisted services are based on the interaction between the horse, the customer and the instructor. Its characteristic features  are  encountering and experiensing joy of success. The horse acts as an active interlocutor both physically and psychologically by strengthening emotional skills, self-esteem and life control.
    Equine-assisted service is neither therapy nor rehabilitation, but it does have a therapeutic and empowering effect. The horse acts as a mirror in our feelings, the horse lives in this moment, gives direct feedback and tells us when we are impatient. The horse doesn't judge us, they accept us as we are.
    Riding can be part of the content of the activity, but the main focus is being and doing things together in the safe stable environment. The activity supports e.g. social skills, interaction skills, emotional expression, ability to concentrate and sense of responsibility.
    Equine-assisted activities are an excellent form of rehabilitation support.
    Who are horse-assisted services and activities suitable for? You can participate  horse-assisted services and activities without previous horse experience. The activity is well suited as a first contact with horses and other farm animals. Equine-assisted activities are suitable for anyone, regardless of age and skill level. 
    Welcome to meet us:
  • If you long to be with horses and feel that riding school activities are not for you. You want a different kind of touch and connection with horses.
  • You are interested in the horse's well-being and species-typical needs
  • The activity is also suitable for you if you are nervous or afraid of horses, but would still like to get to know these fascinating mysterious creatures. Getting to know each other takes place in a controlled and safe manner, exactly on your terms.
  • Even if you just like animals, being outside and exercising in the nature.
  • If you want to have a peaceful moment of your own time

Various operational possibilities

  • Observing horses as a herd animal, a horse as a horse, naturally
  • Taking care of the horse in an unhurried manner
  • Activities of the stable participating in the stable cores
  • Seeing, sensing and experiencing the forest and the nature with a horse either on the horseback or walking with the horse
  • Working from the ground and liberty work 
  • Riding exercises  feeling  yours and the horse's body, warmth and movement 
  • When working on a horse, the focus is on bodycontrol, feeling the horse's movements and on light use of aids in agreement with the horse. We learn a gentle and soft way to act on horseback. The horses are trained with emphasis on western riding
  • Working with other farm animals. Socializing with bunnies and chicken, observing, feeding. There is also a possibility  participating in their training
  • Observations made by drawing, painting or writing about horses or other animals on the farm
  • Practise of sences: touching, smelling, seeing, listening and use of bodybalance
  • Various awareness exercises in a stable environment, mindfulness

Contact us

Equine-assisted Services Kotka Hamina

Hevosavusteiset palvelut Kotka - Hamina

Reitkallintie 438, 49520 Hamina

+358 (0)400 659830