By observing horses, people can learn to understand what horses say through their body language. Since ninety-three percent of human communication is nonverbal, learning to interpret horses’ nonvocal communication can help bring awareness to how we communicate with others humans. Applying this knowledge helps people create deeper, healthier and more meaningful connections.
Horses are social animals with very defined roles within their herds. Learning to get along with many different personalities takes cooperation and boundary-setting. When people interact with horses they become part of the herd and learn the importance of approaching the horses with respect and awareness. People also learn to set their own boundaries when the horses approach them. This type of awareness transfers into our human relationships, helping us live more harmoniously.
Due to their size, horses can be intimidating. Yet working with these animals can help participants overcome fears that leave them paralyzed or frozen. Learning to work safely with a large horse can help overcome obstacles and build confidence. The resulting sense of empowerment enables participants to deal more effectively with other intimidating situations in their lives.
Often people navigate life wearing a smile without ever acknowledging how they truly feel. Horses sense our inner feelings and more importantly mirror them back instantly. They are great at teaching self awareness and helping people recognize and release emotions.