Horses are large, powerful and emotionally intelligent animals. They are masters at reading our body language, mirroring our behaviours, are sensitive to our moods and emotions so naturally provide us with instant feedback about our communication styles.
Just like humans, horses experience a large variety of emotions, are intuitive and social animals with distinct personalities, attitudes and moods. They have deﬁned roles within their herds comparable to human dynamics. Because of these similarities, horses can demonstrate and teach self-awareness, honest communication, trust, healthy boundaries, leadership, patience, assertiveness, play, affection, nurturance and more.
The special bond between human and horse is based on mutual trust, respect, self-control, empathy and unconditional acceptance which are life skills that can be transferred into everyday life.
Research has confirmed the effectiveness of equine therapy, showing that it lowers blood pressure and heart rate, alleviates stress, and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression. Equine therapy also helps people struggling with addictions and mental health disorders develop skills for healthy living.
Today more and more people are discovering how empathetic animals can be and equine assisted therapy continues to grow in popularity.