The word Equinoterapia (IAE [intervenciones asistidas por equinos]) refers to all the activities carried out with horses that are aimed at achieving some benefit for the quality of life of all those involved in the activities. Currently the IAE are divided into 3 sectors: Terapy (Hippotherapy, Psychotherapy y Social Therapy), Educacation (Horseback-riding school, Professional training and volunteering), and leisure (Playful and Adapted Sports Riding) with different objectives, methodologies and intervention protocols.
Throughout years of work together, horses have proven to have features that, if well exploited, can help us to improve the quality of life and not only of people with physical, cognitive, educational and social disabilities. It is currently being used as an interdisciplinary set of therapeutic and educational techniques that is based on the collaboration of several professional branches, such as physiotherapy, psychology, pedagogy, coaching, nursing, speech therapy, and ethology among others.
In AEDEQ we start from the principle that to guarantee respect and safety to our users we have first of all respect the animals, our horses, the nature and our environments: this also means we must have adequate structures in which horses feel like they are free. Horses are social beings, just like us, and they need their space to interact with other animals. Our horses live in freedom and in a herd. Your experience in social relationships allows us to see how we relate to others. In this way the horse serves as a mirror to reflect on our behavior and to generate relationships based on respect and mutual trust.