When a horse receives mixed messages, it will either flee or maintain a traumatized stance. The point is that it can result in a dangerous situation when the individual is erratic. Equine Assisted Learning teaches us to remain calm at all times. This eventually leads to a much more fulfilling life because tranquility gives us time to process and ultimately lead others by example.
How Horses Help
Horses live in the present . . . always.
The relationship between a horse and a human is unique in that the level or degree of mutual respect determines safety, trust and enjoyment. Therefore, before the individual remarkably displays negative behaviour, the facilitator is ever-present to curtail any potential problems.
Always studying our body language, horses have a keen sense of where, what, when and who to trust. When the individual's state of mind is transferred to the horse, its behaviour is detected by the facilitator. This provides much needed insight in order to help the individual rise above dilemma.
HORSE POWER HEALING
By their very nature, horses understand the value of love, community, leadership and cooperation.
Being a prey animal, the vast majority of the time, the equine is very relaxed, at peace. Why is the question.
When we are depressed, we are thinking about the past.
When we are anxious, we are thinking about the future.
When we are at peace, we are living in the present.
The acute sensitivity of the equine provides them tremendous insight into the personality and disposition of an individual in close proximity. When approaching a horse, it quickly detects whether we are doing so with calm or one of high anxiety and it will respond accordingly.
Go slow to go fast.
If we do each thing calmly and carefully
we will do it quicker and with much less stress.
Horses approach every situation with honesty. Animals cannot lie. Their intentions are clear every step of the way. There is no hidden agenda which makes it easier to respond to their body language and maintain peace between the species.
Horses need to trust in order to willingly follow. When an individual working with a 'program horse' has trust issues, the facilitators can recognize that through the horse's apprehension. The horse feels that if the human is unable to trust, then there must be something to fear. Alternatively, the horse will 'take the reigns' in order to maintain its own safety.