Equine Assisted Sessions
What to Expect During Sessions
Our sessions do not involve horseback riding. Instead activities are ground based interactions with the horse(s).
Horse and Human Interactions
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. Horses require us to work, whether in caring for them or working with them. In an era when immediate gratification and the “easy way” are the norm, horses require people to be engaged in physical and mental work to be successful, a valuable lesson in all aspects of life. 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.
Participants work on activities with horses that allow them to explore their own problem-solving strategies, their decision making styles, and the way in which they approach new situations. They are given an opportunity to work through the issues that stand in the way of achieving the outcomes. The discovering gained in the experience are immediately transferred to other situations and circumstances in life. Participants report improvements, in relationships with others, self-confidence, problem resolution, goal setting and independent decision making.
The format is directed by a treatment plan and Interpretations and techniques incorporate and enhance those of traditional evidence-based approaches.