But Why Horses?

Horses do not judge based on color, race, socio-economic background, looks or intelligence, they only care about how you treat them.

Horses are powerful animals that naturally affect a person in a positive manner. The horse-human bond is built upon trust and loyalty, a just attitude, awareness and communication. 
  • Attributes of work ethic, responsibility, assertiveness, communication, healthy relationships, and developing trust have long been recognized as benefits of working with horses.
  • Accomplishing a task involving horses in spite of possible fear, due to a horses size and strength, creates confidence and provides modeling for dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.
  • Horses are very much like humans in that they are social animals; they have defined roles within their herds. They have distinct horsenalities, attitudes, and moods.  Partnering a child with a horse that has the opposite horsenality from their personality provides an experience for the child to learn tolerance, effective communication, self protection and awareness.
  • An approach that seems to work with one horse, does not necessarily work with another.  This provides an experiential learning opportunity for the youth to develop other ways to communicate the same message so that there partner does not feel wronged, but understands the communication.
  • Most importantly, horses mirror exactly what human body language is telling them.  Horses are straigtforward; if a person changes their body language or attitude, the horses will respond to those changes thus allowing them to be powerful messengers.  Horses give the youth an opportunity to have unbiased feedback on the way that they present themselves.
  In other words, horses are like humans in many essential ways which provides vast opportunities for learning. Using those similarities, in discussion or activity, is an effective technique when working with even the most challenging individuals or groups. Horses require effort, whether in caring for 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 characteristic in all aspects of life.  Once learned, that lesson applies across life.