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Natural Awakenings Sarasota / Manatee / Charlotte

Why Equine Therapy after Abuse?

Sep 30, 2019 11:52AM ● By Janet Lindsay

Trauma is prevalent and can have a devastating impact on the community. Research indicates that in Florida alone, one in three women and one in five men have experienced sexual violence, and 38% of women and 29% of men have experienced domestic violence (NISVS, 2017). To address this trauma, Resilient Retreat and InStride are conducting a study to evaluate whether and how equine therapy is helpful for survivors.   

Abuse in one’s lifetime (e.g. domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, trafficking, stalking) can have adverse effects on a victim’s well-being. Continuous exposure to the stress of abuse can negatively affect the brain and body. These negative effects can lead to PTSD, anxiety, and depression that extends far beyond the abuse.  Equine therapy seeks to help survivors with some of these challenges after the experience of abuse such as reclaiming mindfulness, trust, confidence, communication skills and reconnection with others.  

Research has also suggested that survivors reported fewer symptoms of depression, PTSD, and general anxiety after completing equine therapy (Kemp et al., 2014; Staudt & Cherry, 2017). Resilient Retreat is looking for 20 survivors of abuse who can dedicate time to complete six sessions of equine therapy (14 hours). If you are 18 or older and have experienced some kind of abuse in your lifetime equine therapy might be an ideal fit for you. There is no cost to you for participation. 


To see if you qualify, call 941-343-0039 or visit For more information on equine therapy, call 941-412-9333 or visit 

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