•  learn More "Whether it's a friendship or a relationship, all bonds are built on trust. Without it you have nothing"  ~ Unknown
  •  learn More "The Essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire"
     ~ Sharon Ralls Lemon
  •  learn More "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man"
     ~ Winston Churchill 
  •  learn More "In riding a horse we borrow freedom" ~ Helen Thomson  
  •  learn More "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right"
     ~ Henry Ford 

Why Horses?

 

It is often said that ‘Horses are nature in its finest form’ and we couldn’t agree more. 

 

The way we think and feel is reflected, often almost imperceptibly, in our energy, intention and body language. Horses are prey animals, sensitive, intuitive and intelligent; they are acutely receptive to the subtlest of changes and watch for them naturally when communicating with each other. The horses’ responses serve as a mirror of our inner state.

 

"Like humans, horses are social animals, with defined roles within their herds.  They would rather be with their peers. They have distinct personalities, attitudes and moods; an approach that works with one horse won’t necessarily work with another.  At times, they seem stubborn and defiant.  They like to have fun.  In other words, horses provide vast opportunities for metaphorical learning, an effective technique when working with even the most challenging individuals or groups. 

 

Most importantly, horses mirror human body language.  Many complain, "This horse is stubborn.  That horse doesn't like me," etc.  The lesson is that if they change themselves, the horses respond differently.  Horses are honest, which makes them especially powerful messengers" - EAGALA

 

 

Developing a relationship with a horse can offer challenges to help overcome fears, build up trust, respect, compassion, develop communication skills, problem solving and coping techniques, self-confidence and self-esteem. These skills are transferable to many other areas of ordinary day-to-day life.

 

"Horses have a deep understanding of fear and how to manage it. A stressed or frightened horse responds to fear by fleeing - they run from perceived danger until they feel safe and then stop.  Having reached a safe distance their stress response dissipates and they relax. They are constantly aware of danger; their minds fully open and aware, but in the absence of an immediate threat they choose to remain peaceful and conserve energy. We can learn from them, how to value and experience the present" – Hope Thru Horses

 

It has been clinically documented that just being around horses changes human brainwave patterns. We calm down and become more centered and focused when we are with horses. Psychological benefits of working with horses are being recognised by growing numbers of therapists who work with autistic children, young people with behavioral problems, adults with depression or celebrities with addictions.

 

Studies have shown that spending time with a friendly animal, even a short time like 10 to 15 minutes, increases the amount of endorphins that are released into the body and decreases the levels of a chemical called cortisol - which is a hormone that controls stress and arousal. Because many troubled teens are in a near-constant state of emotional arousal and/or stress, Equine Assisted Therapy can help them feel calmer.