We Are Pals (http://wearepals.org) was founded for the purpose of actively searching for underprivileged at-risk youth and providing them with opportunities to develop life skills, character, hobbies, and a sense of purpose while being part of a community of Pals.
EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy), our primary therapeutic program, is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing or discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns. This approach has been compared to the ropes courses used by therapists, treatment facilities, and human development courses around the world. But EAP has the added advantage of utilizing horses—dynamic and powerful living beings.
What’s so special about horses?
In the 17th century a European inventor, Christiaan Huygens invented the pendulum clock. Over time, he discovered that pendulum clocks mounted on the same wall, gradually come to swing in synchrony, in sync with the BIGGEST pendulum. This process is called entrainment. Centuries later, we came to measure the electromagnetic field produced by the heart, that envelops and extends out in all directions, 8 to 10 feet in humans, surrounding the body.
Over time, we measured the electromagnetic field of animals, including the horse. Horses’s hearts measure a surrounding field 5 times larger than the humans. The horses' electromagnetic field is also stronger than ours and, like the pendulum clock, directly influences our own heart rhythm, causing the human to sync up with the horse.
The same process that causes entrainment in clocks, produces it in horses and human. The horse is able to stabilize the human biochemically through this process. And because horses have no words, they are masters of reading our body language and our intent, thus interacting with the human from the human's true intention, not their "socially polite" exterior.
EAP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups. EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.
Your donation to We Are Pals will directly impact at-risk youth in Salt Lake County.