Show Notes

Episode 2


What is Equine Therapy:

3 Part System: With horses, horse-professional, and mental health professional.


For Whom is Equine Therapy for:

Physical Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Mental Health and Emotional Disabilities, Geriatrics, Family Issues, Veterans and PTSD, Rehabilitation from Prison, Addiction…

 People are able to be more open and vulnerable around horses.


Benefits of Therapeutic Riding:

“Expand moments for volunteers and kids with disabilities to increase social connection, that we are all together. Increase their feelings of being accepted, respected, and connected.”


Lessons Learned:

To make that mental shift from horse trainer making money, to looking at horse as a living creature with needs and emotions, and then applying that to people and helping kids to grow emotionally healthy. Changing your relationship with horses to a more natural horsemanship, verses a commercial outlook.


Where to find Davorka “Dada” Suvak:


Equine Programs Mentioned:

SPIRIT Open Equestrian – Equine assisted activities therapy and ...

Spirit Equestrian offers Therapeutic Riding, Equine-assisted activities and lessons to help foster growth and personal development in the lives of its participants ...


A membership organization which fosters safe, professional, ethical and therapeutic equine activities through education, communication, standards and ...

EAGALA Primary site | The Community Network for People Interested ...       

Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) is the leading international nonprofit association for professionals incorporating horses to address mental health and personal development needs.  Our vision is that every person worldwide will have access to these therapy services known as Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy


Topics Mentioned:

Para-Equestrian - The United States Equestrian Federation

United States Equestrian Federation

The primary focus of para-equestrian sport is to provide educational and competitive opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities. Many disabled athletes ...

Special Olympics: Equestrian

 Special Olympics Equestrian is one of the most fascinating sports during the Special Olympics World Games. The balance, the stability and the right communication between the ...



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