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.