For adults

Working with adults in equine assisted therapy is also possible. In traditional adult psychotherapy therapists give more interpretation and ask more details about the patient's feelings, emotions than in child therapy, because usually adults have better communication skills. However most of the psychological problems are connected to the dysfunction in reading out feelings and addressing (verbalizing) them (in psychology we name these processes mentalizing) or to express them properly. Equine assisted psychotherapy can be very useful for patients who has problems in the previously mentioned functions. Horses' mirroring nature, and the everyday situations given by the setting helps the therapist to detect the patient's inner world and help him/her to mentalize it. Riding on horses and working with them demands and teaches expressing feelings and wishes in a socially adaptive way. Equine assisted psychotherapy as a psychotherapeutic tool is good for treating psychological problems which haven't reached the severe psychiatric level, or as a secondary therapy, parallely with medicalization and psychiatric control. E.g. in emotional disorders (depression, maniaco-depressive disorder, dysthimia), anxiety disorders (panic, obsessive-compulsive disorders, ), somatoform problems, eating - and sleeping problems, not severe personality disorders.