Why Equine Learning?


Why Use Horses?

  • Just like humans, horses have distinct personalities
  • They also provide opportunities for metaphorical learning and in using metaphors it becomes  an effective technique when working with even the most challenging individuals or groups.
  • Horses can mirror human body language.  Participants learn if they change their behavior, the horses will respond differently.
  • Horses are honest, which makes them especially powerful messengers.

Benefits of Equine Learning

  • Breaks down defense barriers
  • Time effective
  • Challenges clients in a non-threatening manner
  • The horse is a non-judgmental, honest friend
  • Promotes a motivating learning environment
  • Builds the therapeutic relationship
  • Enhances problem-solving skills
  • Provides immediate cause-and-effect situations
  • Decreases feelings of hopelessness
  • Encourages responsibility
  • Captivates and holds attention
  • Helps teach empathy
  • Develops social skills
  • Stimulates creativity
  • Teaches better communication skills
  • Empowers and gives a sense of control over self

What Horses Teach Us

  •  Horses mostly use non-vocal communication and thus are wonderful teachers to help us better understand and learn how our non-verbal communication might be impacting or influencing others in our lives.
  • Horses also demand that we are aware of our surroundings at all times.
  • In order to stay safe around horses we must be observant and present in our bodies.
  • We have to listen to each other and to the horses.
  • We have to stay focused and attentive.
  • To care for horses takes dedication, time, and effort and our clients can learn a strong work ethic that may transition back into their daily lives.
  • Furthermore, clients gain self-esteem and self-confidence while learning how to work with such a large and powerful creature.
  • In all, horses provide us with a way to see our internal landscape and modes of operation exposed.
  • They offer us humility, compassion, and challenge – all critical elements to supporting self-growth and self-awareness.