Why Horses?

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Promoting Mindfulness and Presence:

working with horses requires individuals to be present and focused on the here and now. Horses are sensitive to their surroundings and can react to the emotional state of humans, encouraging individuals to become more aware of their emotions and behavior.

Building Confidence and Self-Efficacy:

learning to interact with and direct a large animal like a horse can empower individuals, enhancing their confidence in their ability to influence and direct other aspects of their lives.

Non-Verbal Communication and Social Skills:

horses communicate primarily through body language. Engaging with them can improve individuals’ awareness of non-verbal cues and help in the development of better interpersonal communication skills.

Stress Reduction:

being around animals, including horses, has been shown to reduce stress and lower cortisol levels.

Emotional Awareness and Regulation:

working with horses can mirror one’s emotions. Horses often react to human emotional states, which can help individuals recognize and regulate their emotions more effectively.

Overcoming Fear and Anxiety:

interacting with horses can be intimidating due to their size and strength, but learning to overcome these fears can translate into better coping skills for anxiety in other areas of life.

Developing Trust:

building a relationship with a horse requires trust from both the horse and the human. This experience can help adults struggling with trust issues by providing a safe environment to work on these feelings.

Personal Insight and Self-Discovery:

horses often act as mirrors to our own emotions and behaviors. This reflection can lead to personal insights and a deeper understanding of oneself. Improving Relationship Skills: by working with horses, individuals learn about boundaries, respect, empathy, and how to care for another being, which can be beneficial in personal and professional relationships.