Equine Therapy at Montgomery Hollow

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The Unbridled Changes equine therapy program at Montgomery Hollow helps kids and adults with a variety of challenges.

Equine therapy is becoming an increasingly popular mode of treatment for a spectrum of emotional and behavioral issues in children and adults.

Montgomery Hollow, a family-owned working farm located in Goodlettsville since 1783, offers such a barn-based program called Unbridled Changes. Certified specialists through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) assist individuals through individual and group counseling along with helping clients interact with horses.

The equine relationship helps people learn coping skills, structure, responsibility, communication and self-confidence. The EAGALA program’s team approach helps those with ADD, autism spectrum disorder, abuse and neglect, depression, anxiety, communication challenges, eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorders, behavioral issues and more.

This particular kind of equine therapy isn’t a riding program. Instead, kids interact with the horses on the ground and build relationships with them in order to accomplish specific tasks. For most kids, the Unbridled Changes program is short-term therapy, often six to eight weeks, says Counselor Dawn McCasland.

Montgomery Hollow is located at 146 Montgomery Road. For more info, call 615-543-5520 or visit montgomeryhollow.com/unbridled-changes.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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