Run With the Horses at Fulshear Treatment to Transition
Has traditional psychotherapy treatment and methods proved unsuccessful for you? Consider reaching out to Fulshear Treatment to Transition about our equine programs. Working with horses on our ranch, just outside of Houston, has demonstrated significant success with our clients. We help you get to know and understand how to ride, walk, and take care of these majestic creatures. While it is more common to see other animals such as dogs and cats as support animals, they do not offer the benefits of working with horses. Even those women with equestrian backgrounds have something new to learn from our Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy programs. Give us a call today for further questions or to schedule a visit to our ranch.
Equine Programs Offer New Light in Therapy
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), also called equine programs or therapy, helps clients build relationships and give them responsibilities. We use this paired with traditional therapy options to provide patients a breath of fresh air in their mental health journey. Working in the barn gets them out of a traditional therapy setting and helps teach them teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. Below are some of the disorders we have helped with using EAP at Fulshear Treatment to Transition:
- Addictions (including substance abuse)
- Mood-related disorders
- Learning difficulties
- Eating and food disorders
- Grief and loss
- Trauma (including post-traumatic stress disorder)
The Horses at Fulshear Treatment to Transition
We have a trained professional on staff to teach you everything you need to know about riding and caring for these horses. Take a chance to meet them below:
Shelbee is an 11-year-old female and a true teenager at heart. She had a difficult time transitioning to life on the Ranch, having never left her mom and sibling or even seen a cow before, but after 3 years of being part of the equine team she has settled in nicely. Shelbee is very pretty, and she knows it, but not always the most confident despite being the alpha female in the herd. In fact, she is often very anxious having struggled with abandonment and is fearful of being left alone. She tends to rely on others for safety and security, seeking out a connection in healthy ways and sometimes through a crisis. She loves to be pampered and given attention, bath time and having her mane brushed out are some of her favorites. Shelbee is a great teacher when it comes to lessons on codependency, emotional regulation, connection, and healthy attachment. She resembles so many of our ladies here and many have related to Shelbee, recognizing more and more about themselves as they spend time with her.
Rocket is a 28-year-old male and alpha of our herd. He has quite the reputation of being a strong leader- after retiring from racing at 3 years old, he has had a comfortable life of grazing, playing, and serving others. He quickly finds a dominant position in any relationship, and if you can match his energy, he will automatically take a liking to you. He is one of the more complex horses at Fulshear because, underneath the "top dog" attitude, he is a complete sweetheart. He values relationships with boundaries and respect, and he teaches the ladies that some of the best connections take time. One of his favorite bonding activities is to get a nice grooming, and he loves any treats containing sugar. Seriously- he once tried to take a sip of a client's coffee because it tasted like French vanilla. He has high standards for himself and others, which is the most important thing he shares with our clients. We hope you love our quirky guy as much as we do.
Tex is a 24-year-old male who packs a major punch in a small size. Although he may be on the “smaller” size, his heart is as big as his name (Texas). Tex’s past is just as mysterious as he is, but he is one of the OG members of the herd here at Fulshear. Tex often stands alone, appearing distant from his herd and people. However, he is confident in himself and his place. As far as relationships, Tex sets high expectations and will test others before getting close. Sometimes he, unfortunately, ends up pushing people away out of his fear of abandonment. Tex values consistency and commitment in his relationships, which helps to build trust and ultimately the opportunity for a lifelong connection. Tex keeps his space very tidy and prides himself in having the cleanest stall in the barn. He loves to people-watch and is very curious about his surroundings. So much so, that when left to his own devices, he has coined the nickname of “Houdini” after figuring out how to escape his stall. Tex demonstrates daily how trusting relationships must be earned and are not freely given. He offers respect for those who work with him, and in doing so teaches the ladies at Fulshear that they too deserve to respect themselves. His loyalty is a quality that should be cherished. Boy, do we love our Texas.
Everyone meet Wendy, a 24-year-old female. Wendy falls towards the lower end of the herd, somewhere in the middle, although she could care less about her ranking. She enjoys spending time on her own; you will rarely see her with the other horses. As much as she appears to enjoy being alone, it does have an impact on her. Wendy oftentimes isolates and tends to go unseen by both horse and person. This makes it challenging for there to be a connection and the relationship that she truly wants. Wendy engages in some odd or depressing behaviors, such as rolling in the manure pile, and generally not caring for herself due to this lack of connection. Despite this, if someone seeks her out and shows that they are committed to the relationship, she lets her golden personality shine through (just like her color). Wendy is just as much sassy as she is sweet. She has a childlike quality about her and loves to have races in the pasture with our Barn Managers. If she could be a person, she would be Gwyneth Paltrow. Without even trying, Wendy teaches the importance of self-care and our ability to seek out connection, even when we don’t think we need or deserve it. She is one of a kind, and we wouldn’t want her any other way.
Bonus is a 20-year-old male horse, although he believes he is a Great Dane. He came to Fulshear having been a lesson horse at a pristine show barn, but Fulshear is more his style. His playful nature is beyond compare, and he makes friends with everyone. Bonus is known for having conversations with the cows in the neighboring pasture, and he loves to roll around especially in mud puddles. His desire to please others in relationships can get the best of him, resulting in a lack of boundaries. He will push your boundaries and let others push him. This can sometimes lead to him having many surface-level relationships and going to a place of compliance instead of cooperation. When he does genuinely connect with someone and find that partnership, he is excellent at providing space to feel safe and process emotions. A connection is truly what fills his bucket and shows us what it’s like to love others unconditionally. Bonus encourages us to be in tune with our inner child while recognizing the importance of having personal boundaries.
Gabby is a 25-year-old female. She sometimes gives off the impression that she does not want to be seen, rather stands back and observes what is going on around her. Gabby is very cautious in her approach to many things, including relationships. She has the tendency to be nurturing and very gentle, while also asserting her needs. When connecting with others, she sees through the surface level and is able to detect incongruence in others’ emotions quickly. Gabby values vulnerability and consistency; she is the kind of partner who doesn’t care if you are on cloud nine or down in the dumps, just that you are honest with yourself. Gabby has a loud mouth and is very vocal in the barn, making sure all the other horses understand her role in the herd. She loves belly scratches and going on rides in the pasture. She teaches the ladies at Fulshear how to let go of their fear of rejection and let down their walls. In working with Gabby, many find self-acceptance and learn that genuine connections exist when you love yourself first.
Meet Molly Freemantle: EAGALA-Certified & Licensed Therapist
Molly Freemantle is a licensed therapist and an experienced EAGALA-certified (Equine Assisted Growth And Learning Association) specialist. Molly has dedicated herself to taking the reins on the equine programs at Fulshear and has worked with horses and clients for several years. Even if you are afraid of horses, Molly can help you get comfortable and see the benefits of our equine program for women.