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Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Comes to North Dakota

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Sometimes it seems like the only one who understands your problems is your pet. Using a similar model, the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, teaches groups of people, like families or co-workers, how to connect and work together. The founder of the program says using equine-assisted philosophies he works with groups or individuals on their mental and emotional health.

It's the second day of training for this group of community leaders learning about Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Already the group agrees they've learned so much.

"An eye opening experience for me to find my place in the herd. To go back to my own family, my children, our children are grown now. And see, oh my goodness, did I ever do that wrong," says Jackie Marsh of Cannon Ball.

EAP integrates horse and herd behavior into a working metaphor for humans to recognize and evaluate their mental and emotional health. Staff at the Prairie Learning Center say they like the therapy because it's a unique and helpful way for the boys in their facility to open up.

"You get them in a horse coral. They will open up about so many different things. And the information is valuable," says Arlene Riehl of the Prairie Learning Center.

Prairie Learning Center is building a barn to house their own horses therapy treatments.

The founder of EPA, part of the OK Corral therapy series, says he always loved being around horses. Their actions inspired him to create a type of therapy that could be used for humans.

"There's so many ah-ha moments, even in the people being trained to do this work. So I know that there going to go out and get the same ah-ha moments with their clients, whether it's a family, business , or whatever," says founder Greg Kersteen.

Kersteen says he loves teaching people across the country the benefits of EAP.

Tomorrow is the last day of certification training for the Ok Coral Series of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, afterwards the attendees will be able to teach in EAP throughout North Dakota.

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