Communication & Interpersonal Skills
Horses teach us how to connect and bond in such a way that is transferable to other relationships. Through working with horses, people recognize their patterns of interacting with others. Horses are excellent communicators. Learning to understand horse behavior can help people learn the way their behavior impacts others. Exercises as simple as haltering, leading and grooming teach people how to approach others with respect and awareness of space, energy and boundaries. In equine therapy, people talk about what they see and feel. The therapist guides the person to see the horse’s responses with an objective lens. Thus, they begin to recognize the ways in which their perceptions are accurate or misguided.