Ashalata Equine Therapy

1.  What do the programmes include?

  • Orientation and observation.
  • Ground based equine activities with specific objectives which are individualised
  • Processing and reflection
  • Pre and post assessment
  • Reflection journal

2.  What about safety?

  • Ashalata utilises professionally trained facilitators in the form of a mental health specialist and equine specialist.
  • The environment is emotionally and physically safe and confidentiality is maintained.
  • We use carefully selected horses.
  • Clients not considered appropriate are children under 9 years, clients abusing substances and those with physical conditions that do not allow for a safe interaction with horses.
  • It is irresponsible and unethical to perform Equine Assisted Psychotherapy without a professionally trained therapist.  All staff at Ashalata are specialists and certified in their respective fields
  • We want you to have fun, but not get a "kick" out of it.

3.  What if I don't like horses or are afraid of them?

  • Anyone can participate with the guidance of facilitators.  Our primary goal is to provide an environment that is conducive to learning while maintaining the safety of participants, horses and staff.  All contact with horses is optional.  Most overcome their fears during the programme under our watchful eye. 

4.  Do I need special clothing or equipment?

  • All we ask is that you bring yourself, a bottle of water and make sure you have applied sun cream and bring a hat for the warm sun.
  • Clothing needs to be practical for a stable environment, and this includes your shoes. 
  • We do recommend you layer your clothing in the cold weather so that you can remove a jacket and jersey if you warm up during the activity.

5.  What is the cost?

  • The cost varies according to the sessions you choose.  Please contact us for the cost of your specific requirements.

6.  What if the weather is "bad"?

  • At Ashalata we will continue with sessions regardless of weather.  We have numerous activities that are stable based and would not require anyone to be outside in the pouring rain.  However, if it is cold, dress warmly, but layered, for arena work.

7.  Will I ever get to ride a horse?

  • No horse riding will ever take place at Ashalata Equine Therapy.  If anyone desires to take up horse riding we can offer recommendations to meet your needs.

8.  If I am bringing my child/teen, am I allowed to watch?

  • Unfortunately not.  The sessions are confidential and we require our participants to be able to be themselves in an emotionally and physically safe environment.  Parents will be requested to spend the session in the office, in the outdoor garden area or they are welcome to go into Melkbos Centre for a tea break.


For any additional queries please contact - or 083 280 5801





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