Equine Assisted Support Services

Equine Assisted Support Services are available at the Gleneayre Equestrian Program premises through Jo Ann Palumbo, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Equine Assisted Support Services provide an alternative to traditional therapy methods.  This program pairs a licensed Mental Health Professional with an Equine Specialist who have both been certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), a leading organization for training and certifying providers of Equine Assisted services.  As with traditional therapy, Equine Assisted Support Services are designed to address the treatment goals identified by the client and Mental Health Professional. An obvious distinction between traditional therapy and Equine Assisted Support Services is the use of horses during sessions.

Equine Assisted Support Services is not a therapeutic riding program. In fact clients do not ride the horses at all. Interactions with the horses involve exercises that are performed on the ground and are designed to challenge the client to think deeply about themselves. This approach is solution-oriented, following the belief that the client has the best solution to the problem.

This modality of therapy utilizes horses because of their innate role as prey animals within a defined social structure.  In addition to their large and powerful nature, horses have a heightened sense of awareness to their surroundings as well as the emotions of other horses and people.  Horses often mirror the behaviors and attitudes of the people they are working with which allows clients to see that they can change outcomes in their lives by modifying their own behavior. All of these traits combine to allow horses to be an ideal canvas for clients to create metaphors to their own lives which can lead to powerful therapeutic breakthroughs.

Equine Assisted Support Services can be used to address a variety of conditions, including PTSD, TBI, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, as well as to strengthen relationships and improve social interactions. Equine Assisted Support Services provide a dynamic therapeutic approach that allows the client to learn about themselves and others through working with horses.

At the Gleneayre Equestrian Program, Equine Support Services are offered in a private and serene environment that promotes client comfort and confidentiality.


You can see the EAGALA model in practice by watching the video below.

Click here to see this type of therapy featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network helping veterans with PTSD.  Jo Ann Palumbo is able to provide Equine Assisted Support Services to those associated with the military, including active and non-active duty military personnel, military families, and children of military families at a reduced rate. Please contact us if you are interested!

Equine Assisted Support Services are provided exclusively by Jo Ann Palumbo, LCSW, a licensed professional.  Gleneayre Equestrian Program takes no responsibility for the clinical counseling or social work aspects of the Equine Assisted Support Services.