Why We Partner With Horses
Horses have a lot to teach us, but what is it about horses that helps heal people.
Horses easily reflect back our inner state of mind, they serve as “devine mirrors” and return to us our emotional truth; what we feel is what they see.
Researchers, therapists and others involved in equine therapy recognize the benefits in partnering people and horses, part of the answer lies in the horses’ personalities. Horses are prey animals. As such, they’re more comfortable living in a herd and when we spend time with them we become a part of their herd. In order to stay safe horses are highly attuned to the surrounding environment, including the emotional states of people around them in order to differentiate friend from foe. Horses respond to threats mainly by flight instinct. This makes them highly intuitive and sensitive to our emotions, sometimes detecting feelings that are buried and we’re not even consciously aware of having. Horses instantly connect with their emotions and react to “what is happening in the present moment” this is in contrast to humans who rely mostly on intellect to determine “what might happen”
Additionally, horses have not pretense. They’re open and honest mirroring our emotions back to us and giving us instant non-judgemental feedback. Gaining a horse’s trust takes time and as you work on watching the horses reaction, you become more aware of your emotional state and how it affects those around you. Horse’s naturally have a heart rate three times slower than humans, just spending time in the presence of horses helps slow down our hearts, focuses on breathing, and allows relaxation. Equine therapy is different from other forms of therapy and those participating in it find themselves opening up quickly, since the horses don’t judge or criticize.
These gentle animals have been in partnership with humans throughout history. Their insightful teachings help people connect on a much deeper level and guide them through life.
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