Building Healthier Relationships through Equine Therapy
In equine therapy students learn about communication and relationships. Horses provide a powerful mirror for our students– reflecting the moods as well as verbal and nonverbal communication of the student. This mirror provided form the horses enables our students to evaluate and change their communication patterns.
For instance, when students learn the concepts of pressure and release with horses, they can begin to understand how to apply and respond to these similar pressures in relationships with friends and family. With this knowledge, students learn to improve communication and how to be constructively assertive Equine therapy builds emotional regulation, better communication skills, self-awareness, and mindfulness.
How Equine Therapy Relates to Life
Over time, people can develop relational patterns that become entrenched and damaging to building healthy, productive relationships. These patterns are typically a result of loss, stress, trauma, or pathology. While these patterns may at one time have helped them survive, they have become problems that undermine intimacy, trust, and understanding in relationship.
When a student works with a horse, they receive honest, immediate feedback that is completely informed by the way a student communicates verbally and nonverbally with the horse in the moment. This enables girls to receive this honest feedback and adjust communication patterns with others based on this information.