Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is “equine-facilitated psychotherapy” (EFP) and how is it different than a typical riding lesson?

A. While an EFP session may look just like a riding lesson as far as the physical activities involved, the two are very different. A client participating in EFP is working on the achievement of measurable psychosocial and behavioral goals specified in their treatment plan. The sessions are facilitated by a licensed, credentialed mental health professional and specially trained assistants. Working with the horses is a special tool utilized by these trained therapists to meet the needs of clients desiring and/or needing an experiential treatment approach. Individual, group, and family psychotherapy is offered at Horse Time.

Q. What ages, types of special needs, and geographic regions does Horse Time serve?
A. Horse Time has served clients from age 4 to age 50 (and could serve younger or older) from Walton, Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale, Dekalb, Henry, Fulton, and Cobb counties. We can serve clients from other counties as well. Special needs served have included cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries, Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, Down’s Syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and a variety of other developmental, anxiety, behavioral, mood, psychotic, and substance abuse disorders. Additionally, we have worked with clients with gender identity and eating disorders. A thorough intake process ensures that Horse Time can safely and effectively work with each client.

Q. How do clients pay for Horse Time psychotherapy?
A. Horse Time therapeutic horsemanship lessons are usually paid for out of pocket, and cost about the same as a typical riding lesson. EFP fees are sometimes covered by third-party payors. Because Horse Time works hard to keep fees affordable, many clients choose to pay for EFP out of pocket. Special guidelines apply to hippotherapy reimbursement. Please see the fee schedule for all services in the downloadable application packets in the "Programs and Services" section of this website.

Q. What else does Horse Time offer?
A. Horse Time offers clinical training in EFP to students and clinicians from a variety of backgrounds. We have provided training and/or internships to nursing, therapeutic recreation, child psychiatry, counseling, and psychology students from Oxford College, Emory University, Georgia State University, State University of West Georgia, Argosy University, Clemson University and training to visitors from Australia, England, Belgium as well as a variety of states in the USA .

Q. How do I contact Horse Time to obtain clinical services, to volunteer, to offer a donation, or just get more information?
A. Horse Time can be reached at 770-927-TIME(8463). We are located at Falconwood Farm at 10385 Highway 278 in Covington, Georgia, about 30 miles outside of Atlanta. The Director’s name is Maureen Vidrine. Donations of equipment, services, and financial contributions are appreciated. Horse donations are sometimes needed and can be discussed with the director. Thank-you!

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Ancient Celts deemed certain days of their annual calendar as "Horse Time," a time reserved for safe travel. Our program will assist you on a journey of your own.

By interacting with horses and the environment, we believe you can come to a deeper understanding of yourself, your relationships and the world around you.

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