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Horses teach me how to find "my way"
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2019 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) activities contribute to improving the health, the interpersonal and the socialization of the beneficiary involved. Since there is no common approach and technique, there is a great need in creating a space to exchange, develop and establish updated practices. People who are in any relation with horses and their environment are trained to follow rules, respect the timetable and obligations, be patient, respectful and cooperative. At least 25 persons of 6 European countries will participate and benefit from the project directly and more than 600 persons indirectly, since, one of the program's objectives is the dissemination of practices. Greece, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Turkey and Ireland are the countries involved in the proposed project with professionals in education, health and horse management. The project proposal is to update the therapeutic tools in EAT across Europe and at the same time explore and exchange innovative ideas upon them, considering the different cultural and socioeconomic environment in each country.Participants from each organization will be trained in updated therapeutic techniques through seminars and workshops, and then practice and spread this knowledge in their countries. Training and practice will be the tools of the knowledge spreading and supervision and feedback sessions will serve as the evaluation and ensuring tools of qualification level. Professionals working in EAT will benefit from the project's results. All the involved partners believe that it is important for our development and improvement to create a common space in order to learn from each other, ensure the quality of the services that we offer and finally come out with some good practices guidelines. Potentially, this will lead to the officially recognition of Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) as a therapeutic procedure by all countries and putting high standards in its applications. Therefore, this will help disabled people experience effective therapy from highly educated professionals and also, reduce the costs of other supportive means.

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