How Our Four Legged Therapists Could Help You
“Just relax”. “The horse knows if you’re afraid.”
This might be one of the first things you’re told just as you’re about to have your first horse encounter. Not really a comforting thought that the 1 tonne animal you’re about to approach knows your secret and will react to what they magically sense.
The horse’s capabilities to sense your true feelings has nothing to do with magic but with over 50 million years of successfully surviving as prey animals. Horses rely on reading body language to sense safety or danger and can even read your heart rate from over 10 metres away. Their survival depends on their innate, highly evolved instincts.
Horses can read our true feelings and intentions and can reflect back the behaviour they see. This helps people see how their behaviour impacts on the outside world. When the person changes, the horse responds differently, giving clear, non-judgmental feedback.
Horses have helped many people, who were not able to find help elsewhere.